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24 March, 2021

Trot down memory land in country racing exhibition

COUNTRY racing in 19th Century colonial Peak Downs was a stroke of luck for punters in Clermont and surrounding areas.

By Andrew Sorensen

Clermont Historical Centre presents Back on Track opening. Photo: Contributed

The weather at that time was blistering, the land mostly unforgiving and the people worked hard and laboriously to make a livelihood.

Clermont Historical Centre will present its latest exhibition Back on Track as it opens to the public on Wednesday, 24 March 2021.

Isaac Regional Council Mayor Anne Baker said the highlight of a rural year for many – and a tradition that continues to this day - was attending the races.

“Country racing is an essential part of the social fabric of the Isaac region and we are excited that Clermont Historical Centre will dive into this history,” Mayor Baker said.

“Clermont’s inaugural race was held in 1864 and up until this day, horse racing has been one of Clermont and the Isaac region’s most popular pastimes.”

Clermont-based Division 6 Councillor Lyn Jones said the exhibition illustrated a brief history of the establishment of the district’s historical racing clubs.

“A heartfelt thank you to the Twin Hills and Clermont race clubs for their incredible support in the lead up to this exciting exhibition,” Cr Jones said.

“The exhibition’s focus will be on the evolution of local racing clubs and stories of the characters, horses and jockeys.”

Clermont Historical Centre, which is located on Gregory Highway, will be open from Wednesdays to Saturdays between 9am and 3pm.

Admission prices for entry are $6 for adults, $4 for pensioners, $3 children under 12 years and $15 per family with two or more children. The Back on Track Exhibition runs from 24 March 2021 to 18 December 2021.

Reflections of Resilience which chronicles the colourful past of Clermont’s Hospital and delves into nursing tales of resilience will also be showcased at the centre.

For more details on Clermont Historical Centre’s opening times please  or call Council’s Customer Service Centre available 24 hours a day seven days a week on 1300 ISAACS (1300 472 227).

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