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We need your stories, memories and pictures!We’re putting together a timeline to display the Turf Club’s fascinating history! The Club is well over 100 years old, has been the location of many epic events and milestones in Port Hedland’s past, and will continue to be into the future. If you have any memories, photos, or other information to add to the history below, please contact us!

NOTE: The timeline below is as accurate as we can make it, but some details (such as exact dates) have been lost in the mists of time. As we have to list a date for each event on the Timeline, if we weren’t able to find out the exact date for a certain photo or event, we’ve simply put it as August 1st that year (universal horse’s birthday).

History Timeline

2018

2018 Season Details Coming Soon….

The Port Hedland Turf Club would like to advise, this website is currently being updated.  We endeavour to bring you all the latest information and updates shortly.  In the mean time, don’t forget our first Race Meeting is this Saturday 19th May 2018.  Gates and bar open at 12 noon.  Hope … (read more →)

2015

2015 – Galaxon won the Port Hedland Cup

2014

2014 – Galaxon won the Port Hedland Cup

2013

2013 – Indamani won the Port Hedland Cup

2012

2012 – Indamani won the Port Hedland Cup

2011

2011 – Crossing the Finish Line at the Port Hedland Cup

This thrilling race (sponsored by Cervan Marine) had racegoers on the edge of their seats from start to end. Pentire Point was the winner by a nose, closely followed by Viscount Cameron, with Savage Wolf bringing in third place.

The frame hangs in the PHTC Clubhouse.

Original photographer credit: BDM Photography

2011 – Pentire Point won the Port Hedland Cup

2010

2010 – Flirtson won the Port Hedland Cup

2009

2009 – Teppanyaki won the Port Hedland Cup

2008

2008 – Desert Hurricane won the Port Hedland Cup

2007

2007 – New Record Set for the 2200m by Rocky Kwila (2:13.350)

2003

2003 – New Record Set for the 1400m by Zoffanista (1:19.200)

2003

2003 – New Record Set for the 1300m by Speed Shot (1:17.300)

2003 – New Record Set for the 2100m by Frappe (2:07.030)

2003

2003 – New Record Set for the 1200m by Montserat Morn (1:09.090)

1996

1996 – Slim Dusty concert at the Port Hedland Racecourse

As part of Port Hedland’s 100 year centenary, Slim Dusty put on a show at the Racecourse on New Years’ Eve, delighting visitors and locals alike.

Do you have any memories or photos of this event? Please send them in to us on our Facebook page!

Source: Local Residents

1996

1996 – Jungles won the Port Hedland Cup

1996 – Port Hedland Centenary Special Edition Badge and Race Book

For the 1996 Centenary of Port Hedland, a limited edition gold PHTC membership badge was minted, and the PHTC’s annual race event was named in honour of the occasion with a special gold-printed race book.

Photo and Credit: Ken Reynolds

1996

1996 – Bartolini crossing the finish line

Plucky racehorse “Bartolini” outshone the competition with ease, for the TAB South Hedland Maiden race at the Port Hedland Racecourse (18th May 1996).

Bartolini was ridden by T. Skinner, owned by Arnold and Fran Carter and trained by Peter Oliver.

This frame now hangs in the PHTC Clubhouse.

1992

1992 – New Record Set for the 1600m by Peter’s Buccaneer (1:35.080)

1983

1983 – Blue Drifter won the Port Hedland Cup

1982

1982 – New Record Set for the 1550m by Lord Wood (1:32.500)

1981

1981 – New Record Set for the 2000m by Minasseh’s Son (2:03.800)

1978

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 … (read more →)

1977

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 … (read more →)

1976

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

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 … (read more →)

1975

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

1972

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 … (read more →)

1972

1972 – The Great Deluge and a Helicopter Rescue

A massive rainfall just in time for Cup Day in 1972 left the track so sopping wet that the Cup was nearly called off – an unthinkable act! Club President Jack Haynes and the Port Hedland Port Authority leapt into action to save the day, deploying one of the … (read more →)

1970

1970 or 71 – After the Race

One of the Healey family’s horses “Lite Bronze”, glistening with sweat straight after a race!

Several generations of the Healey family are renowned throughout WA and the Pilbara for their achievements in racing and training. 

Pictured: Lite Bronze after a race at the Port Hedland Racecourse, being held by Basil Bennet who … (read more →)

1962

1962 – Mr Arnold Carter attended his first Port Hedland Cup Day

…and has gone on to attend Cup Day every single year since (bar one), right up to the present day!

Arnold is an historic figure in Port Hedland and has been a driving force in the Turf Club since the 60s.

1951

1951 – McGuckin shines again at the Port Hedland Race Week!

Local jockey and trainer A. “Mac” McGuckin was front and centre again at the 1951 races, riding 6 winners himself and also coming home as the leading trainer to boot!

Avergne was ridden to victory in the Port Hedland Cup by Fred Wilson.

Full article below!

 

Port Hedland Race Week. (1951, August 30). … (read more →)

1949

1949 – Article in the Northern Times: Race Week

Hedland News. (1949, July 21). Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 7. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74929209

RACE WEEK

This week end will be a very gay one for all Hedland folk. It is our annual race week which  … (read more →)

1948

1948 – Racegoers at the Port Hedland Cup

Some great pictures from the 1948 Races! Check out the gorgeous 40s fashions on the ladies, and the Stocker boys in their fedoras chatting up the stylish girls from Perth.

AT THE PORT HEDLAND RACES. (1948, September 2).Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), p. 38. Retrieved from … (read more →)

1948

1948 – McGuckin jockey gets thrown into barbed wire!

This year’s Race Week in 1948 sounds like it was an exciting and eventful carnival!

Ozonic Girl won the Port Hedland Cup on Monday the 16th August 1948, ridden by J. Edwards.

The next race after the Cup, the District Handicap, was won by much-revered local jockey Mr McGuckin (affectionately known as Mac) on racehorse Driftwood.

Driftwood was … (read more →)

1948 – Ozonic Girl won the Port Hedland Cup

1935

1935 – Article in The West Australian: Race Ball at Port Hedland

Race Ball at Port Hedland. (1935, September 7). The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 – 1954), p. 16. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article32909831

Race Ball at Port Hedland

THE Annual Race Meeting of the Port Hedland Racing Club last week-end was the signal for numerous social activities. On August 23, a … (read more →)

1934

1934 – Article in the Western Mail: the Race Week Entertainment Committee!

The Port Hedland Race Week Entertainment Committee were kept EXTREMELY busy with Race Week back in the 30s! And what’s this about dancing until 4am?! Read the full article below.

LADY HOBBS ENTERTAINS. (1934, September 6). Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 – 1954), p. 31. … (read more →)

1932

1932 – Port Hedland Golf Course established at the racetrack

Another fun fact: did you know that the our racecourse was also the home of the Port Hedland Golf Club, from the 1930s through to the 1970s? A nine hole golf course, known as the Port Hedland Golf Links, was established next to the aerodrome at the racecourse in 1932 … (read more →)

1923

1923 – Le Cygne won the Port Hedland Handicap

Source: Pt. Hedland Notes. (1923, September 1). Northern Times(Carnarvon, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 6. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75695822

1921

1921 – Airport Established at the Racecourse

Did you know that the Port Hedland Racecourse doubled as the town’s airport for nearly 20 years? A hangar and terminal were built beside the racetrack, which was used as the town’s primary airstrip until 1940.

The original terminal shack still stands today (located between the tennis courts and the track). In later years … (read more →)

1910

1910 – Annual Race Meet held on September 27 & 29

Source: Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/38363744)

1908

1908 – The first “Port Hedland Week”

Racing looks like it was front and centre in the very first “Port Hedland Week”, in 1908!

High Tide at Hedland. (1908, October 4). Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 – 1954), p. 3 Section: THIRD SECTION. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article57586424

High Tide at Hedland

The secretary of the Port Hedland Race … (read more →)

1907

1907 – Record attendance reported at the 1907 annual race meet!

Our club’s early race meets at the start of the 1900s sound like they were an absolute blast! The following snippets are some excerpts from a Northern Times article, reporting on what people were getting up to at the 1907 annual meeting.

PORT HEDLAND NEWS,. (1907, October 5). Northern Times (Carnarvon, … (read more →)

1907

1907 – Registered as the “Port Hedland Amateur Racing Club”

First launched as the “Port Hedland Racing Club” from 1902 to 1907, the Club was formally registered with the WATC as the “Port Hedland Amateur Racing Club” on the 22nd of July, 1907.

It was officially called the “Port Hedland Amateur Racing Club” (or P.H.A.R.C.) for nearly 70 years, from … (read more →)

1904

1904 – Annual Race Meet held on July 20 and 22

Source: Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/146131300)

1903

1903 – Annual Race Meet held on April 22 & 23

Source: Trove (http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/24850386)

1902

1902 – Bluff won the first Port Hedland Handicap

At its inception in 1902, the Port Hedland Handicap had a prize purse of 35 sovereigns, and was won by “Bluff”, owned by Mr A. Wilding, by a margin of 6 lengths.

The Port Hedland Handicap was the feature race of the Port Hedland Annual Race Meet from 1902-1935, and was renamed to the … (read more →)

1902 – Annual Race Meet held on April 23 & 24

The prize money for this meet totalled £137.

A story on this event appeared in the next Pilbarra Goldfield News on Thursday 1 May 1902:

SPORTING. THE TURF. (1902, May 1). The Pilbarra Goldfield News (Marble Bar, WA : 1897 – 1923), p. 3. Retrieved from … (read more →)

1902

1902 – Racing Programme in the Pilbarra Goldfield News

Advertising. (1902, February 27). The Pilbarra Goldfield News (Marble Bar, WA : 1897 – 1923), p. 2. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146127462

Port Hedland Racing Club

ANNUAL RACE MEETING

WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, APRIL 23 and 24.

  • President: The Hon. Walter Kmgsmith
  • Vice-President: A. Wilding, Esq.
  • Committee and Stewards: Messrs. Thos. Traine, T. Richardson, T. Hardie, J. Heath, D. Broard, T. … (read more →)

1902 – Article in the Pilbarra Goldfield News: Port Hedland Race Club

SPORTING. (1902, February 27). The Pilbarra Goldfield News(Marble Bar, WA : 1897 – 1923), p. 3. Retrieved from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146127453

PORT HEDLAND RACE CLUB

The programme of the annual meeting of the Port Hedland Race Club is published in this issue: The principal event is the Port Hedland Handicap of 35 … (read more →)

1901

1901 – Notice of the first Annual Race Meeting!

This is the earliest race meet notice that we can find for the Port Hedland Race Club! It’s from a newspaper in 1901 about the Port Hedland Race Club’s next meeting, which falls in 1902. As far as we know, this was the first race meet they ever held.

NOTES AND CHAT. (1901, November 16). Western … (read more →)

2003 – New Record Set for the 1300m by Speed Shot (1:17.300)

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2003 – New Record Set for the 2100m by Frappe (2:07.030)

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2003 – New Record Set for the 1200m by Montserat Morn (1:09.090)

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1996 – Slim Dusty concert at the Port Hedland Racecourse

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1996 – Jungles won the Port Hedland Cup

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1996 – Port Hedland Centenary Special Edition Badge and Race Book

For the 1996 Centenary of Port Hedland, a limited edition gold PHTC membership badge was minted, and the PHTC's annual race event was named in honour of the occasion with a special gold-printed race book. Photo and Credit: Ken ... (read more →)

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