Milestone for historical club
RACES: Saturday's race meeting at Nanango will mark 50 years of consecutive racing at the club since its re-opening in 1968.
Former race goers, past presidents, committee members, club life members and their families will return to the club to mark the event.
Accomplished Brisbane trainer Pat Duff trained the winning horse, Mick's Luck, of the principal event at the re-opening of the club and will return to the club on Saturday and will bring horses from Brisbane with him.
Former presidents of the club Reg McCallum and John Lee, for whom the grounds are named after for his contribution as president over 39 years, will be in attendance.
Racegoers can discover the achievements of Duff and the history of the club since racing officially started in 1859 before it stopped for the war, in a display set up by the Nanango History Room in the old railway building at the club.
The railway building was in town from 1911 to 1964 before it was moved to the club and used as the secretary's office and the jockey's changing rooms.
Mary Green has been working on the project alongside Julie Crowley and invites people to read the history and donate any items they may have.
"We have been getting little bits from people but once they know it is here, I think we might get more things donated,” she said.
"It would be nice to hang a few colours up and if anyone has any memorabilia, we have got some early race books and we would like whatever people want to give.”
In 1968, the race was called by Barry Green who continues to be committee member of the Nanango Race Club and is also the trainers representative for the South East Queensland racing association.
There were 14 races a year 50 years ago, compared to six a year in 2018, but Green said with the reduced number of meetings had come quality racing.
"It has become a lot more professional and the standard of the horses is a lot better and the overall standard of the jockeys is very good,” he said.
In recent years local jockeys Hannah English and Hannah Phillips have frequently appeared on results sheets.
"That is probably the biggest change. There were no female jockeys 50 years ago and one of the pioneers of it was Glenda Richardson nee Freeman,” Green said.