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, WA : 1905 – 1952), p. 3. Retrieved May 9, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article75549033
There was a record attendance at the first day’s racing of the Port Hedland Race Club‘s annual meeting, including a lot of visitors from inland.
Port Hedland Handicap: Daybreak 1,Trouble 2, Long Tom 3. This proved to be the best race of the meeting, being won by half a length, the same distance separating the second and third horses.
A race ball was beld on Monday, and was the most brilliant and successful yet held in Port Hedland.
On accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, when several vehicles were crossing the causeway, owing to the horses shying at camel teams. A buggy and sulky were capsized and the occupants thrown out. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt. Mr. and Mrs. Angas Campbell and Messrs.Dawson and Johnson occupied the vehicles.
A cricket match, Town v. Visitors, was won by the former by 6 runs.
RACES, Show, consequent holidays.
This means a great influx of visitors.
Look to your cellarette, and see if there is a plentiful supply of Refreshments; if not, leave an order at DALGETY’S, who stock the very best Wines, Spirits, Ales, Liquors, &c.