History Timeline

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1978 – Camel Racing at the Port Hedland Turf Club!

Something a bit different! In a departure from the usual equine racing scene, this photo (circa 1978) shows a CAMEL race crossing the finish line at the Port Hedland Turf Club.

One of the camels in this race was ‘SAS’, belonging to the Nisich family. Another camel was ‘Stubby’, belonging to Hedland local hotelier Stu Carey. (When the starting gun … (read more →)


1977 – the Pilbara Show at the Racecourse

The Port Hedland Racecourse has hosted some awesome events over the years! Pictured: the showbag stall at the Pilbara Show.

“This is my mum Clair Coman (on the left) and my Auntie Freda Devlin (with the glasses) at the Pilbara Show in 1977… We lived on Finucane Island & mum did showbags every year until they moved … (read more →)


1976 – Entry to the Hedland Cup opened to all horses

Previously to 1976, entry to the Cup was restricted to Pilbara district bred horses only, and most horses were bred and raced by local pastoralists. After 1976, the Port Hedland Cup was opened up to the professional leagues, radically changing the face of the local racing scene.

Source: Arnold Carter


1975 – Cyclone Joan

Cyclone Joan passed through Port Hedland in December 1975 and caused widespread destruction, with many buildings damaged and roofs torn off. The horses from the Pony Club stables in Pretty Pool were taken to shelter at the Racing Stables at the Turf Club before the cyclone hit, which turned out to be a wise move … (read more →)


1975 or 76 – Ladies at the Port Hedland Races

Kaye Bryan and Margaret Storey looking very fetching at the Port Hedland Races, awaiting the results of Race 2 (Ernest Hall – Improvers’ Handicap)

Source and photo: Kaye Bryan


Circa 1972 – In the days before the grass

The final bend before the finish line, back in the 70s – looking a little different to the smooth green grass of today’s home stretch! Trackside: the Gunning family along with scores of other eager racegoers.

Source and photo: Jenny Gunning

1972 – Cup Day – Families in the grandstands

Check out the grandstands at Cup Day 1972, packed full of local families and visitors showing off the fashions of the 70s!

Pictured: Brenda and Sam Pink (on the right) at the Port Hedland Cup Day races in 1972, and Sam with son Tim Pink (12 years old).

Photo and Credit: Tim Pink