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Onkaparinga Racing Club
Title : Onkaparinga Racing Club Onkaparinga Racing Club
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Date of creation : 1916
Additional Creator : J.H. Sherring and Co.
Format : Poster
Dimensions : 630 x 970 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

A facsimile copy of an original poster advertising the Easter Monday race, 1916.

The Onkaparinga Racing Club (later Oakbank Racing Club) was formed in 1875, and the Onkaparinga Handicap Steeplechase was first run on 17 April 1876. The race was held on land leased from the Johnston family who ran the brewery J & AG Johnston at Oakbank in the Adelaide Hills.
The Onkaparinga Handicap Steeplechase later became known as the Great Eastern Steeplechase, named after the nearby Great Eastern Hotel situated on the Great Eastern Road. The three lap steeplechase course, almost 5 kilometres in length, is acknowledged as gruelling for competitors, with challenges presented by over 20 jumps including a 'fallen log' jump.
By the early 1880s, the annual Oakbank race was held on Easter Monday, and races were eventually held on the previous Saturday as well. The Oakbank Races have become Australia's biggest picnic race carnival, with many attendees camping near the course for the long weekend.
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Onkaparinga Racing Club

Coverage year : 1916
Period : 1914-1918
Place : Oakbank (S. Aust.)
Region : Mt Lofty Ranges and Eastern Plain
Further reading :
Bessant, Stewart. Oakbank, over the fallen log, Kent Town, S. Aust.: Peacock Publications for Onkaparinga Racing Club, 1983
Internet links :
Adelaide Hills Tourism Region, South Australia See: Events: Oakbank Easter Horse Racing Carnival

National Trust of South Australia See: BankSA Heritage Icons 2005: Oakbank Easter Races

Oakbank Racing Club



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