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Goodbye library thoroughbred


On Monday, our school said goodbye to our painted racehorse.  Mrs Glowrey led the students to finalise it ready for judging over the coming weeks. Congratulations Mrs Glowrey and the years 3-7 for planning, designing and painting the horse.  The horse is titled, ‘A race through time…to the finish line’ as it showcases the local history of the Winter Carnival at Eagle Farm Racecourse.  We will now wait in anticipation to see if we win the grand prize of $4,000. 

Mrs Glowrey and the students should be very proud of their final product! Congratulations!

Below is our inspiration and thoughts from our school captain, Kaitlyn.

A Race Through the finish line

Entering this competition has taught the combined multi-age art class of year’s three to seven about the history of our local racecourse. We chose an historical perspective of the Winter Carnival and the community it shares. Our thoroughbred is decorated with a timeline that reflects the history of Eagle Farm Racecourse from when it began in 1863 to the present Winter Carnival in 2012.

We have chosen many ways to represent the history of Eagle Farm racing through colour, design and historical perspectives.  When we visited the museum we were outraged that females could not stand close to the racing barriers due to the bright colours of their parasols and their pretty dresses. This was our main idea for our design, our starting point. Colourful silks in the shapes of parasols and hats. We always wanted to have a timeline because at Hamilton we love history and we wanted to find out more about our local history. From this our project began and all of our small school community has loved the experience. Caitlin and Kieron came up with our timeline logo: A race through time, to the finish line.

1863: Land acquired for racecourse. 1868: Eagle Farm had a royal visit from the Duke of Edinburgh. Fashion has always been important but we all laughed at the 1890’s and the mutton sleeves. Lucky it didn’t last long. 1927: The Eagle Farm Racecourse had yet another Royal Visit from the Duke and Duchess of York. Glance your eyes around the horse.  Bert Hinkler landed his plane at Eagle Farm. Further along the horse you will notice a little grey tent. This shows when Camp Ascot was set up to house and shelter American troops in World War Two.

Three-time Stradbroke Day winner, Darby McCarthy, an indigenous rider, wins in 1963 Stradbroke day on Mullala, wins again in 1964 on Cele’s Image and again in 1966 on Castanea. Along the horse’s back you will notice a list of Winter Carnival Races, including AMMI Stradbroke Day, Treasury Casino QLD Oaks Day, Carlton Mid Doomben 10,000, Kirks Doomben Cup, and Racefest.