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 →)
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 →)
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
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 →)
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