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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

The Anniversary Regatta Superseded By Horse-Racing

The Anniversary Regatta Superseded By Horse-Racing.

So far as the old files at our disposal enable us to judge, the Anniversary Regatta fell into desuetude, being superseded by a race meeting The New-Zealander of January 31 says: "On Monday last New Zealand entered the tenth year of her colonial existence, and—as is now the established custom on such occasions—her anniversary was welcomed with its fete. If the idea of commemorative festivals be copied from our colonial neighbours, we confess it would have afforded us more satisfaction to have beheld that idea effectually imitated in all its bearings; for, whatever our equine predilections, in a maritime colony of the greatest maritime nation the world ever saw, we are of opinion that a regatta would be a much more national and appropriate annual sport, one which, if properly conducted, would afford quite as much pleasure, and very probably much more colonial benefit. We have no desire to disparage the sports at Epsom, but merely to show what we consider are the superior claims of a regatta as an anniversary fete upon our own metropolitan attention. We think such a pastime, so essentially English, should take precedence of all others in celebration of our natal day."