Story: Horse and greyhound racing

Watching a hurdle race (1st of 2)

Spectators watch from carts and buggies at this hurdle race, probably at Mākaraka, near Gisborne, in the late 1880s. In the days when races were held on any available land, there were few facilities for racegoers.

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Tairawhiti Museum, Te Whare Taonga O Te Tairawhiti, William F. Crawford Collection
Reference: WFC-1-2-49
Photograph by William Crawford

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Mary Mountier, 'Horse and greyhound racing - Horse racing: beginnings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 December 2023)

Story by Mary Mountier, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Nov 2015