Terrors Creek Races c. between 1908 and 1918

Terrors Creek Races c. between 1908 and 1918

Terrors Creek Races c. between 1908 and 1918

The Terrors Creek Races were held three or four times a year for many years.  There were regular meetings at Easter and Boxing Day as well as at other times.  The publican of the time would obtain a booth licence for race day, as far back as 10th December 1897 when James Kinkead Berry obtained a booth licence.

The earliest mention of horseracing was of a race meeting held on 1st January 1883.  The Queenslander of 3rd February 1883 reported “…HORSE-RACING is much engaging the attention of the settlers round about here (says our Upper North Pine correspondent), and I am told the flat near the Sugar-mill makes a capital course.  There was good sport on New Year’s Day, and some great events are to come off on Easter Monday…”

            The last mention of the races at Dayboro was a meeting held on 26th December 1918.  It seems that from that time bridle races and pony races were included as part of the programme on sports days that included foot races and other events.

This photograph is another taken by Dick O’Neill and would have been taken between 1908 and 1918.  Terrors Creek can be seen in the background and the liquor booth with its roof of leafy tree branches can also be seen.  The horses have passed the winning post where a group of men are standing.