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Commemorates race caller Bill Collins who is widely acclaimed as Australia`s greatest-ever racecaller. Fulfilling a childhood dream, Collins graduated from calling at small Victorian country racecourses to a record 34 Melbourne Cups during a career spanning almost 50 years.
He was dubbed "The Accurate One" for his uncanny ability to correctly call the result of even the closest finish. Collins` talent also took him overseas and he called important races in the UK, USA, South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore. He called his last race on Easter Saturday, 1988 on radio 3UZ and was later awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to racing.
|Address:||Station Street, Caulfield Racecourse, Caulfield East, 3145|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.877253|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Mitch Miller|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Saturday 27th February, 1999|
Bill (W. H.) Collins, OAM
"The Accurate One"
23.9.28 to 14.6.97
In honour of his services to, and achievements on, Australian Racing
Called a record - 34 Melbourne Cups 1954 - 1987 34 Caulfield Cups 1954 - 1987 34 Cox Plates 1954 - 1987
Chairman of Greyhound Racing Control Board Chairman of Australia and New Zealand Greyhond Association Board Member Harness Racing Board Board Member Totalisator Agency Board Board Member 3UZ Pty Ltd
Erected through generous support from Mr. Bill Gibbins Managing Director, F.C.L. Interstate Transport Services Pty Ltd
Greyhound Racing Control Board H.S.V. 7
Herald & Weekly Times Ltd Mr. Bryan Martin
Melbourne Bowling Club Radio Sport 927
Moonee Valley Racing Club Mr. Andrew J. Castle
Raceplay Mr. Gabe Farrah
Tabcorp Mr. Colin S. Hayes
Thoroughbred Club of Australia Mr. & Mrs. Ian McEwen
Victoria Amateur Turf Club Mr. & Mrs. Ian McGregor
Victoria Racing Club Mrs. P. O`Hanlon & Family
The E.C.H.O. Foundation and the people of Victoria
Unveiled by the Hon Tom Reynolds MP Minister for Sport 27th February 1999