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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

Racing — The Wanganui Jockey Club


The Wanganui Jockey Club claims to be the oldest institution of its kind on the West Coast of the North Island, and was founded in the year 1848. The racecourse, which is held by trustees (for whom Mr F. Moffatt is secretary), is regarded as one of the sights of the town. It is situated in Ingestre Street, is surrounded with a fine ring of shelter trees, and embraces an artificial lake, page 598 fountains, and flower-bordered, well-laid-out walks. There is a grand stand with accommodation for about 3,000 persons, and other necessary offices and appointments. The club has a membership of 100. Three race meetings are held annually, for two days on each occasion, all of which are largely attended. The spring meeting is held in September, the Autumn meeting in March, and the Winter meeting in May. For the year ended May, 1907, the stakes amounted, to £6,965. Officers for 1907:—Dr. Earle (president), Messrs. H. N. Harrison (vice-president), J. H. Nixon (treasurer), W. Hall (secretary), with ten stewards and a representative committee of thirteen.