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Gayndah Derby Statue : 17-07-2012
Gayndah Derby Statue : 17-07-2012

Photographs supplied by John Huth

The sculpture of a horse and rider commemorates Gayndah as the home of the Queensland Derby which was first run in 1868. "The Hermit" was the winner.

The first Queensland Derby was run at Gayndah at 1868 under the Queensland Jockey Club auspices. The Q.J.C was the premier racing club in the colony and Gayndah in the 1860s was perhaps the chief sporting centre. The Derby was for 50 sovereigns and was won by Mr. W.E. Parry-Okeden's horse "Hermit" and amongst the other starters were the Honourable B.B. Moreton's "The Rake", Gaydon's "Escapado" and "Goshawk."


Address:Capper Street (Burnett Highway) & Maltby Place, Gayndah, 4625
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -25.625402
Long: 151.610141
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Culture
Approx. Event Start Date:1868


Front Inscription

Gayndah Jockey Club

Plaque :

Gayndah is the home of the Queensland Derby first run in 1868 over 1½ miles, it was won by "The Hermit"


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au