Rocky Racing Through the Years.
Published 26 September 2023
Change is one of the inevitable and certain ‘’constants’ of life. What better way than to illustrate it as an adjunct to recording change, than in photography. That medium is an eternal form of evidence such as the accompanying photographs of aspects of change at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse.
Presently changes to the precinct of the saddling enclosure are nearing completion which will make Callaghan Park the envy of many race clubs throughout Australia. On this site yesterday the structural aspects of the new look lounges, function rooms and viewing decks were posted and received widespread response on sites Australia wide.
With that in mind, I have decided to use this week’s ROCKY RACING THROUGH THE YEARS column as a pictorial vessel of change to the saddling enclosure at Callaghan Park down through time. Afterall racing commenced at Callaghan Park’s present location on June 2, 1899. Racing in Rockhampton, in crude forms had been taking place under the jurisdiction of the Fitzroy Jockey Club formed in 1863. The first so-called racecourse came about in 1862 in West Rockhampton in close proximity to what is now the Rockhampton Airport. It is recorded in the fine reference book Historical Happenings -Celebrating 150 years of Racing (RJC) published in 2018 that “stands and other buildings were moved from the old racecourse to the new venue (Callaghan Park”). Hoof note: The Rockhampton Jockey Club came into being in 1868.
Indeed, much has changed, and the certainty is that it will continue to do so over the years. As is said “Today’s news is tomorrow’s History”.
Photograph: The Callaghan Park saddling enclosure in 1994.
View the Rockhampton Jockey Club facebook page for other photographs ‘through the years’.