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First reference to trotting in South Australia. Thoroughbred mare “Norah”, owned and ridden by Police Inspector Alexander Tolmer trots 17 miles in 52 minutes 2 seconds for a wager for 120 pounds.


On New Years Day a race meeting at Victoria Park includes a trotting race of 3 miles. C Swinden’s “Piebald” beats nine other starters


The first SA Trotting Club is formed and a meeting held with headquarters at Victoria Park. The sport progresses slowly in a few country centres and is only seen in Adelaide at the Royal Show.


South Australian Trotting Association is formed.


On 6 November the Association receives Government approval and the first night trotting meeting is held at Jubilee Oval, situated behind the University of Adelaide. The sport becomes an immediate success with 7,000 spectators turning out. The first horse to capture the publics imagination is a mare called “Pokohontas” which was raced and driven by the late Fred Warning.


A Bill is passed in Parliament allowing bookmakers betting on course.


The first meeting of the South Australian Trotting Association with Bookmakers on course is conducted on 27 January at the Wayville Showgrounds.


South Australian Trotting Association changes its name to the South Australian Trotting Club.


South Australian Trotting Club holds first Inter Dominion at Wayville following the first every held Inter Dominion in Western Australia in


The formation of the SA TAB occurs on 30 March following legislation passed allowing off course betting.


Official Opening of Globe Derby Park (name after famous Standardbred Stallion). Holds its first afternoon meeting on 24 June through the efforts of many of the Harness Racing fraternity of South Australia.


Wayville ceases to be the South Australian Trotting Club’s racing venue and the Club holds its first metropolitan night meeting at Globe Derby Park on 14 April. The final meeting on the tiny Wayville Showground circuit is held the previous week after over 30 years of Standardbred racing.


South Australian Trotting Club administration office moves to Globe Derby Park.


The Club changes its name to the South Australian Harness Racing Club.President: W A HendersonSecretary: G W Eglinton (Longest serving Secretary/General Manager)


President Peter Marshall is successful in securing membership of the Australian Harness Council for the Club which allows the Club representation at AHRC meetings and full voting rights.


The South Australian Harness Racing Club, for the first time in Australia and New Zealand, holds the Inter Dominion Trotters and Pacers final on the same night and is the first Australian Harness Racing Club to stage the Inter Dominion without a rail.


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