Australian Turf Club (ATC) Heritage Centre, Randwick, Sydney

Identity area

Identifier

daa/36

Authorized form of name

Australian Turf Club (ATC) Heritage Centre, Randwick, Sydney

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Formerly Australian Jockey Club Racing Museum
  • Australian Jockey Club (AJC), 1842-2011
  • Sydney Turf Club (STC), 1943-2011

Type

  • Business

Contact area

 

Hannah Hibbert

Type

Address

Street address

Randwick Racecourse, Alison Road, Randwick

Locality

Sydney

Region

New South Wales

Country name

Postal code

2031

Telephone

02 8622 6754

Fax

Note

Description area

History

The Australian Turf Club was created in 2011 from the merger of the Australian Jockey Club, founded in 1842 and the Sydney Turf Club, founded in 1943 after the passing of the Sydney Turf Club Act 1943 (NSW).

The Australian Turf Club Heritage Centre was opened in 2016 with the collection recognised in 2011 as having importance to the club and needing formal management.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

The Heritage Centre is a business unit in the Australian Turf Club, a business that manages the running of horse races across four racecourses in Sydney - Rosehill Gardens, Royal Randwick, Canterbury Park and Warwick Farm. The collection is managed by two staff members based at Royal Randwick. They report to the membership team.

Records management and collecting policies

We collect material relating to the four racecourses managed by the Australian Turf Club as well as material relating to thoroughbred horse racing across New South Wales. The material often relates specifically to the clubs who manage and did manage racing as well as the people and horses involved in the industry. The collection is built on donations.

Buildings

Holdings

The collection holds:

  • artwork: framed pictures;
  • objects: trophies, whips, saddles, silks, other racecourse paraphernalia, etc;
  • photographs: unframed;
  • library books on the history of racing, horses, personalities, racecourses, and reference items such as turf registers, Miller's Guide, Australian Jockey Club Racing Calendars, race results, etc;
  • race books; and
  • the archives: minutes of the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club, correspondence, regulatory material such as licences for jockeys, trainers and bookmakers, property information (about the tracks and buildings), membership lists, stewards inquiries, etc.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Access area

Opening times

The Reading Room is open by appointment.
Closed to appointments on public holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

Access conditions and requirements

Appointments should be made a week in advance or no less than two days prior to the appointment. The library material is freely accessible but written requests must be received for access to other parts of the collection, particularly the archives. For sensitive material, permission will be sought from the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Turf Club.

Accessibility

The Heritage Centre is all on level ground with no steps. Parking is available out the front of the building.

Services area

Research services

Reference advice is available from the archivist with applications for such advice preferred in writing. Heritage Centre staff undertake to complete enquiries on behalf of the public but encourage those doing substantial research or writing a book to come in and use the library for themselves.

Reproduction services

Depending on the condition of the books or papers, photocopies can be made at a cost (black and white, colour, A4, A3 size). Researchers can use their own camera (without flash) to take images of material. Private use of these images or information is allowed. Permission must be sought before use in publication.

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 29 March 2018

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Randwick Racecourse, Alison Road, Randwick
Sydney, New South Wales 2031