Story: Sports and leisure

Betting on horses, 1912

Betting on horses, 1912

Until the 1980s betting on horses was one of only two significant forms of gambling in New Zealand (the other being lotteries). In 1910 bookmakers were made illegal, but on-course betting using the totalisator remained. Here men queue to place their bets at Trentham racecourse soon after the change.

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Jock Phillips, 'Sports and leisure - Gambling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 October 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, updated 1 Sep 2015