Celebrating 100 years

Celebrating 100 years1923 #1

South Western Times (Bunbury, WA : 1917 – 1929), Thursday 11 January 1923, page 3



There was a large attendance at the new Bunbury agricultural show grounds on Wednesday afternoon to witness the annual meeting of the Bunbury Trotting Club. The afternoon was all that could be desired, and the event, passed off most successfully. It is to be feared, however, that the Club, in its desire to commence operations, held its first meeting before the ground was altogether prepared for good trotting. The track, which is a very fine one, will be in excellent racing condition after the next winter’s rains, but everyone who knows anything of the nature of mail could have predicted that the Club was taking something more than a sporting risk in racing on a track which had not been matured by exposure to the elements in winter time. In a few years the spacious grounds of the Agricultural Society should make an ideal trotting course. It is impossible to visit the locality without being impress ed with the far-sightedness of the Society and the fact that a most valuable addition has been made to the pleasure possibilities of Bun bury. The ground, however, is still largely in the making, and that being so, for the time being does not carry with it that degree of comfort to which the people of Bunbury have become accustomed when taking their pleasures. There was no grandstand, and practically no seating accommodation, and many of the ladies became extremely wearied at being compelled to stand during the entire meeting. It is to be hoped that this will be remedied as time goes on, and indeed possibly many of them will be dealt with before the next meeting. It is to be hoped that this will be so, as otherwise the public will gain a bad impression of the arrangements made for their reception. Apart from this almost inevitable difficulty in the establishment of a new sport, the arrangements for the meeting were admirable and the afternoon’s sport passed off very un-eventfully and pleasantly. To be finishes for the most part was unexciting. The local horses secured more wins than were anticipated the condition of the course being considered the determining factor. The following were the results: — TRADESMEN’S HANDICAP. Of £15. One mile and a quarter. Mr. J. O’Sullivan’s SIMPLE MAID (M. O’Sullivan), 150 yards. . 1 Mr. T. Shanahan’s Comet (T. Shanahan), 150 yards 2 Mr. C. Hanson’s Crissie (C. Bus-well), 160 yards 3 Other starters: Mr. T. Dillon’s Playful (T. Dillon), 100 yards; Mr. E. Duff’s Dolly (B. Beird), 130 yards; Mr. C. D. Elliott’s Jim (V. Freeman), 130 yards ; Miss J. Kelly’s Carmen (P. Veale), 160 yards. Betting: 6 to 4 Simple Maid, 2 to 1 Crissie, 3 to 1 Playful and Jim, 4 to 1 Comet, 6 to 1 Dolly and Carmen. Totalisator Dividend: Straight out, 17/6 ; place, 4/- Simple Maid, 15/-Comefc, 6/- Crissie. At the start the favourite broke and lost ground, but soon got into her stride and swung to the front. She was never seriously challenged, although Comet moved up and was looking a -rival when she broke and enabled Sullivan to score an easy win. Time, 4min. 31 2- 5th sec. SOUTH-WEST HANDICAP. Mr. L. B. Walton’s MACK BROWN (Walton), 115 yards 1 Mr. R. Pollock’s Toddler (R. Pol lock), 35.0 yards 2 Mr. W. Fowler’s Yarioop (scr.) (Fowler) 3 Other starters: Mr. G. Mortimer’s Flora Wilkes (Mortimer), scr.; Mr. W. Armstrong’s King’s Pride (Sim mons); Mr. C. Ford’s Osterley Breeze (Ford), 160 yards; Mr. – L. Jones’ Glen Dwr, 300 yards; Mr. D. H. Fo ley’s Western Lad, 340 yards. Betting: 6 to 4 on Mack Brown, 4 to 1 Glen Dwr and Western Lad, 5 to 1 Toddler, 6 to 1 Osterley Breeze, Flora Wilkes, 8 to 1 King’s Pride. Totalisator. — straight-out, 13/-. Place: Mack Brown 6/, Toddler 14/, Yarioop £3. Won with 5 yards to spare, 60 yards between second and third horses. Time, 3 rain. 46 2-5th sees. BUNBURY CUP, Of £60. One mile -and a half. Mr. G. Smith’s BOY B. (Smith), 135 yards 1 Mr. C. Ford’s Little Possum (Ford), 30 yards 2 Mr. J. V. Ferguson’s Vi Tracey (Lawson), 60 yards …….. 3 Other starters: Mr. L. Jones’ Glyn Dwr (Jones), 50 yards; Mr. D. H.i Foley’s Peter Huon (Foley), 60 yards; Mr. J. Simmons’ Emerald (Simmons), 75 yards; Mr. J. R. Douglas’ Dinny Daly (Pollock), 180 yards. Betting: 2 to 1 Emerald and Tracey, 4 to 1 Boy B. and Little Possum, 6 to 1 Peter Huon, 10 to 1 Dinny Daly. Totalisator- — straight out: £2/IS/, Place: Boy B., 10/-; Tracey, 7/; j Little Possum, 16/. Won by 15 yards, 30 yards separating the second and third horses. Emerald was a neck behind fourth. I Time 4min. 14 2-5th sec. j LADIES’ BRACELET, j of £10 and gold bracelet. 9 furlong.! Mr. G. Fletcher’s JESSIE DAY j (Miss Fletcher), 25 yards …. 1 Mr. W. Armstrong’s King’s Pride (Miss Jones), 45 yards …… 2 Mr. R. Pollock’s Toddler (Mrs. Pollock), 270 yards 3

Other starters: Mrs. V. McKenzie’s Chainpy (Mrs. McKenzie), scr.; Miss J. Kelly’s Carmen (Miss Kelly), scr.. Betting: 6 to 4 on Toddler, 2 to 1 j King’s Pride, 5 to 1 Jessie Day, 8 to 1 1 Chainpy and Carmen, j Won by 80 yards, 100 yards between: j second and third horses. Time, 4min. 12 2-5th sec. | Totalisator. — Straightout, £1/8/-. | Place: Jessie Dav 9/-, King’s Pride I 7/” BRENNAN DISTRICT HANDICAP, j Of £20. 1 mile and a quarter. |Mr. W. Fowler’s Yarioop (Fowler) 60 yards 1 Mr. G. Fletcher’s Lucky Patch (Roberts), 440 yards 2 Mr. G. Smith’s Boy B. (Smith), 465 yards 3 Other starters: Mr. A. T. Trigwell’s Queen Bee (Walton), 175 yards; Mr. L. S. Dale’s Wagin Tracey (Holland), 355 yards. Betting: Even money Boy B., 2 to 1 Queen Bee, 3 to 1 Wagin Tracey and Lucky Patch, 7 to 1 Yarioop. Won by about 100 yards. Totalisator. — Straight out, £2/12/-. Place: Y’arloop, 16/, Lucky Patch 9/. McDERMID HANDICAP, Of £20. 1 mile and a quarter. Mr. L. B. Walton’s MACK BROWN’ (Walton), scr. l Mr. J. Simmons’ Emerald (Sim mons), 110 yards 2 Mr. C. Ford’s Osterley Breeze (Ford), 25 yards 3 Other starter: Flora Wilkes (Mor timer), scr. Betting: 2 to 1 on Mack Brown, 3 to 1 against Emerald and Osterley Breeze, 6 to 1 Flora Wilkes. Totalisator. — Straight out, 10/-. Place: Mack Brown 5/-, Emerald 10/-. Won by 10 yards, 5 yards between second and third horses. Time, 4min. 46secs.

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South Western Times (Bunbury, WA : 1917 – 1929), Tuesday 16 January 1923, page 3

Visitor© Welcomed. High Praise from Perth Experts. To-morrow’s Handicaps.

Before the settlement at Tattersall’s on Wednesday night a happy little company gathered in the ‘commercial’ room of the Prince of Wales Hotel, when the President of

the Bunbury Trotting Club’ (Mr. Robert McDermid) performed the pleasing duty of welcoming the visitors from Perth in the persons of the members of the W.A. Trotting Association, namely, Messrs. Tyler, Powell, and Hummerston. ‘ The President said at the outset that he was very pleased to extend a welcome, to the visiting members of the Trotting Association and to take that opportunity of thanking them for all that they had done to help the Bunbury Trotting. Club along. They had evidenced their practical interest by coming down to their opening meeting and they could see for themselves what measure of success had been attained. When Mr. O’Neill first came to Bunbury and talked with him over the prospect of forming a Trotting Club here, he had not the slightest doubt in his mind that such would eventuate before long. Unfortunately he had had to leave Bunbury for some months, but he was pleased to say that their patron. Mr. Howard Bath, had come to his rescue and had carried out his duties for him in his absence and carried them out nobly. Their visitors could not expect that everything would be perfect in the time at their disposal, and there were doubtless certain matters that could be improved upon for future meetings; but nevertheless, it was gratifying to find that their opening meeting had been attended by a fair measure of success. Toward that success the Trotting Association had helped considerably, and he welcomed them to Bunbury and would always be pleased to see them here whenever they had a meeting. He proposed the health of the visitors coupled with the names of Mr. Tyler, Mr. Powell, and Mr. Hummerston. The Patron, Mr. Howard-Bath, in supporting the toast remarked that, it had been arranged that a gathering of a different nature should take place, including a trip up the river for the visitors to be enabled to see some of the beauties of Bunbury, but unfortunately the limited time at the disposal of their visitors did not permit of that programme being carried out. He! was glad to associate himself with the remarks of the President in thanking the W.A. Trotting Association for the very tangible help that they had always given to the Trotting Club here from its very inception, and he was glad to see from the success attending their opening meeting that their labours had been so fruitful. SOME POSSIBILITIES. Mr. Tyler, in responding to the toast, commented on the track which, he considered, would be the best outside the metropolitan area once it had one winter’s rains on it. When they made their track in Perth their experience was just the reverse of what theirs had been that afternoon for they were up to their knees in mud. Here they had the dust to contend with. Whilst thanking them for the kindly manner in which they had been welcomed to Bunbury he could not but compliment the Bunbury Club on the manner in which they had run their opening meeting; and if they continued as they had begun it would be soon the finest Trotting Club in the State — outside his own one in Perth, of course. (Laughter). The great thing was to see that the sport was kept clean. So far as the sport that afternoon was concerned, he was glad to say that they all appeared to be triers. Once the public got it into their heads that all were triers, they would get immeasurably more support. When they first started in Perth, they heard complaints of men not trying but the public did not always understand that a man was trying even when he held his horse. It was necessary sometimes for a reinsman to do that to enjoy complete control over the animal. He always invited them to speak to the Executive or one of the stewards or the Clerk of the Course if they thought, or had reason to think, that a horse was not trying. The result was that nowadays they had no such complaints from the public at any rate. There was a case the other day where a complaint was lodged as the result of a race, and the owner, the horse, and the reinsman were suspended for two years. They had to take action of that kind when it was proved in order to keep the sport clean. Their first aim here, too, should be to keep the sport of trotting clean, and if that were done they could always rely on solid support from the public. A SOLID FOUNDATION. Mr. Powell said that he had taken special notice of the track that afternoon, and he entirely concurred with. Mr. Tyler as to its possibilities once they had a winter’s rain over it.

He had examined the track very carefully after each race to find if there were any holes in it, but there was none, he was glad to say. That was owing to the very strong foundation on which it was constructed. Moreover the curves were all that could be desired for the sport of trotting, and there was not the slightest difficulty on the part of the horses in rounding the curves and getting into the straights. That was a matter on which the Club could be heartily felicitated. OFFICIALS CONGRATULATED.

Mr. Hummerston said that he would first like to compliment the Bunbury Trotting Club, on the great attention that had been paid to detail. When he came down here as country organiser with the object of ensuring that the arrangements were all that could be desired he went through their Hon. Secretary’s books and proposed system of running the opening meeting, and he was glad to report that Mr. O’Neill had already attended to everything in a most businesslike manner, whilst his books were all very well kept. Furthermore, he desired to congratulate them on the fine set of officials they had chosen for carrying out the first meeting. They had wisely chosen men with experience of racing and the result

had been that the whole arrangements had worked without a hitch, and instead of his time being taken up, as he expected, adjusting things at the last moment he had a remarkably light task. During his tour as country organiser he had never met a set of officials who were so au fait with their duties at their opening meeting and who carried these out to such perfection. (Applause.) Mr. Tyler: What about those four shillings! Mr. Hummerston : I intended to just say a word on that— -the four shillings paid as a dividend on one of the races. The ladies do not like the idea of paying five shillings for a ticket and getting only four back, but if the tote manager will take a tip there is a way out of that by paying the face value of the ticket and adjusting the few pounds extra in another race. But even if that were not done and the Club lost a few pounds over it they would be well repaid in the end by means of the satisfaction given to the ladies. SECRETARY COMPLIMENTED. The President said that he had another toast to propose — that of the energetic Hon. Secretary, Mr. O’Neill. Since the Club was organised at the instance of Mr. O’Neill that gentleman had worked like a veritable slave in the interests of the Club. Nothing was too large or too small for him to tackle, and he had cheerfully to admit that a considerable part of their success that afternoon had been due to the untiring zeal and enthusiasm of Mr. O’Neill. Mr. O’Neill modestly disclaimed having done any more than his duty as Hon. Secretary, but whatever he had done was done because of his interest in trotting and his desire to see it successfully established in Bunbury. He was extremely fortunate in having a splendid Committee at his back. Their meetings had been a record for the number who attended them most regularly. They had never occasion to go and look for a quorum. Whilst he was speaking, he would like the Executive to take the opportunity of the visit here of Messrs. Tyler, Powell, and Hummerston and consider with them the matter of a £100 stake for a meeting in March. It was only by having big stakes that they could be able to attract first class horses ‘and at the same time sustain the interest of the general public. Mr. Tyler re-joined that the Association had so many calls on them that they had laid down a rule that a Club was to get 33 per cent, of the stakes at its first meeting, 20 per cent, the next meeting, and 10 per cent, the next meeting. It would be seen that it would be very difficult to rescind a resolution already on the books of the Association, as it required a two-thirds majority to do so. Says ‘The Mascot’:— An unqualified success was the verdict of those who patronised the first trotting meeting held in Bunbury last Wednesday. The attendance was by far the best yet seen in the country courses and everybody was delighted with the arrangements made for their convenience, also with the Secretary Mr. O’Neill’s management. It is an ideal course for trotting, and the track when thoroughly set promises to eclipse our Hay Street rendezvous. Among the attendance was quite a big crowd from Perth and Fremantle including President John Tyler. other W.A.T.A. Committee-men and the country District organiser, Mr. Harry Hummerston. There was a- good betting ring which included Messrs.-J. Daly, A.

Phillips, W. Frew, and other bookmakers from Perth. The birthplace will hold its second trotting meeting on Wednesday next, which looks like proving a bigger success than the inaugural fixture. Within a short space of time the Club intends Submitting a programme, in which the star item will be the Bunbury Cup, and in addition to good prize-money popular Boniface McDermid of the Prince of Wales Hotel, will donate a valuable trophy (Gold Cup).

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Bunbury Herald and Blackwood Express (WA: 1919 – 1929), Tuesday 20 February 1923, page 3



Mr. R.G. O’Neill Avas the guest of Mr. R. McDermid and members of the Trotting Club at the Prince of Wales Hotel on Thursday evening, when a presentation of an illuminated photograph and a handsome wallet Avas made to Mr. O’Neill, and also a Doulton salad bowl for his wife.

Mr. McDermid said it was felt that they wished to make some recognition of the services given by their retiring secretary and organizer. Very few really understood the amount of work and the great amount of enthusiasm put into this work by Mr. O’Neill. Thanks to its fine initiation, the Bunbury Trotting Club would soon be second to none outside of Perth. He often wondered how Mr. O’Neill found the time outside of his official duties to do the work he did. It just showed what could be done when a few good men got together. Mr. O’Neill had left nothing undone regarding the formation and bookkeeping of the club. His great knowledge of trotting had stood the club in ^great stead. Although there would be no races for a little while, this was only caused by the Weather, and before long they would branch out again bigger than ever. He did not want them to run away with the idea that Mr. O’Neill’s services would be lost to them. While his name would be off the programme as secretary, they would find plenty of Work for him to do. Mr. S. Howard-Bath supported the toast, and paid high tribute to Mr. O’Neill’s ability as an organizing secretary. Everything, even to income tax forms, were correctly filled in. He considered Mr. O’Neill was one of the most capable secretaries he had ever come across, and Bunbury was to be congratulated upon having such a man in charge of their railway station affairs. There had been considerable improvements in the railway system since Mr. O’Neill’s arrival and he hoped it would a long time before he would be promoted to another station. Unless Mr. O’Neill had had a helpmate who was willing to stand aside so as her husband could help others, they Avould not be where they were that day. Messrs. J. S. Boulden and J. A. Boor supported the toast. Mr. K. Gibson said that, as the in coming secretary, his way was made very difficult in having to live up to the standard set by Mr. O’Neill. Messrs. Trigwell, Brown, Denning and Woods also joined, in the chorus of support. In making the presentation Mr. McDermid said Mr. O’Neill had their heartfelt sympathy at his departure — – figuratively — from them. They knew he was not going from them. They wished to show their appreciation of what had been done for the Club. Mr. O’Neill said as a government servant he Avas hot able to give the necessary time to the Work. He had agreed to do the organizing work for six months, and eight months had now elapsed. It -was Tence, better that the club should- have an office such as Mr.Gibson would provide. Mr. O’Neill eulogised the manner in which the first committee worked and stuck together. They had had a hard time, for from the start they had to make provision for everything for twelve months. There was a lot of pessimism in Bunbury. Bunbury did not get a fair deal because the optimist was too afraid to come forward, and ‘out’ the pessimist. The South-West had a big future, if the people would only rise to the occasion and see that its geographical position was acknowledged by all concerned, and that Bunbury got a fair cut of the trade. The South-West was the gem of the State. The club had now grown to the state where it did not Avant an honorary secretary. It wanted a secretary with an office where he could meet people and correspond with them properly. It Avas a pity they had not been able to get the track into better order. They would have to consider seriously what could be done, as people in the country were continually enquiring when the next meeting was to be held. He thanked them sincerely for the gifts to his wife and himself. During the evening Mr. McDermid welcomed back Mr. Gibson, senior, who had just returned from a health visit to the East.

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South Western Times (Bunbury WA: 1917 – 1929), Saturday 6 October 1923, page 5



A meeting of the committee of the Bunbury Trotting Club was held in lie Prince of Wales Hotel on Monday evening, and was presided over by Mr. J. A. Boor (President). There were also present Messrs. McDermid, C. D. Elliot. Pearee, W.G. Sloan, A. E. Hancock, J. S.Boulden, J. McKenzie. J. Brown, H.mrceft, W. MeEwan, R. Muir, ADenning, T. Trigwell, A Trigwell, and K. E. Gibson (Secretary).


Mr. McDermid reported that in company with Mr. S. Howard Bath he had visited the track and found it in fairly good condition. When the roller went once round, it should be found all right. Mr MeEwan added that Mr Brown and he had also gone out to the track and found that there was a fairly good surface. ” There were, however, stones scattered here and there which would require to be removed. The Secretary here intervened by stating that he was going to call for a “working bee.” On the motion of Mr. Boulden, seconded by Air. Emmett, the action of Air. AIcDennid and Air. Bath was endorsed.


The Secretary read a letter from the W.A. Trotting Association, stating that exemption had been granted to the ‘forthcoming Trotting Meeting on October 31. It was added that further subsidies could not be granted to the local Club by the W.A Trotting Association.


The Secretary read correspondence that had passed between himself and Air. Hummers, country Organiser, and also between himself and the W.A. Trotting ‘ Association regarding the programme for the meeting on October 31. The programme had since been approved both by Mr. Hummertson and the W.A. .Trotting Association. The Secretary emphasised the need for registration forms of horses nominated for each meeting and added that it was most important that every horse must be inspected.


The Secretary read a letter which be had written to the bookmakers’ Association stating that in view of the Trotting meeting on October 31 and the Trotting events at the Bunbury Show on November, they had a unique opportunity of having three days’ holiday in Bunbury, and they would be welcome here. Incidentally, he suggested that in between the Trotting Club’s fixture and the Show, a day’s picnic up the river might be arranged. The Secretary’s action was heartily endorsed.


A letter was read from Mr. R. j G. O’Neill, the “father of Trotting” in Bunbury, intimating his resignation as Treasurer of the Trotting Club owing to continued ill health. Mr Hancock appropriately referred to Mr. O’Neill’s good services in connection with trotting locally and moved a formal resolution that they accept his resignation with deep regret, accompanied by a letter of sympathy and expressing the hope for Ms speedy recovery. This was seconded by Mr. Mc Dermid, who also alluded to the sterling services rendered by Mr O’Neill. The motion was unanimously carried.


A brief discussion arose on the question of arranging a social gathering in the Bedford Hall on the evening of October 31. Mr Hancock stated that while he was in accord with the idea, he him self would be unable to assist on the day of the social evening, as he and all the other officers’ as well would be working at ‘ the track all the afternoon, and in the evening there would be the settling. If, however enough enthusiasm was evinced by other members of the committee, he saw no reason why such a social evening should not be a success. Mr AIcDennid stated humorously that if they were “to have a social evening in the Bedford Hall on October 31, they would have opposition as the Scotsmen would be “up against them” (Laughter.) That was Hallowe’en! Mr Dobbie had just whispered in his ear that it might be possible for the Trotting Club and Bunbury St. Andrew’s Scottish Society to combine forces in making a social evening in the Bedford Hall a double event, which would be much better than having two functions in separate halls on the one night. Other, members warmly supported this suggestion, and it was unanimously resolved to appoint a sub committee comprising of Messrs. Boulden, Elliot, and Muir to meet the Council of St. Andrew’s Scottish Society. It is understood that the Race Club will also co-operate.


A brief discussion ebsued on the. position of bookmakers who had paid their three guineas to the Club for bookmakers fees and were sometimes left in the lurch by certain clients. Mr Hancock considered that a bookmaker had no protection what ever at present. Mr Denning considered that if bookmakers booked bets on the course and failed to secure payment it was their own fault. Mr Haneock (interjecting) The same can be said of tradesmen. Mr Aluir stated that bookmakers if left in the lurch could not recover because of the Gaming Act. Whilst registered bookmakers could adopt a certain course same did not hold good in the case of unregistered bookmakers to whom some protection Was due.


Mr Boulden suggested that before coming to any decision they should obtain the opinions of the W.A. Trotting Association and see if it was not in the power of the local Trotting Club to make by-law regarding the black listing and warning off of all defaulters from the course. This motion was seconded by Mr Aluir, supported by Mr McDermid, and carried unanimously.


Air. G. D. Elliot was unanimously appointed Treasurer of the Club in place of Mr O’Neill.


The Secretary, asked for instructions regarding training on the track: At present he understood horses were only allowed to train on the track one week before a meeting, and he had had one or two applications tor use of the track before that time. Mr. A Trigwell considered that they .must get educated horses for only , one week’s training, as there were “green” horses that had not been trained for the track. More over, while some considered that there was nothing better than the beach for training, they could not drive a spider along the beach. Mr Denning considered that a fortnight ought to be permitted for training on the track itself Mr McDermid considered that the present regulations had simply been framed preparatory to the track being put in good, order. On the, motion of Mr. Hancock it was decided to instruct the Secretary to write to the Wellington Agricultural Society pointing out the position and asking for a re-laxation of the rule regarding a week’s training before the date of a meeting.

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South Western Times (Bunbury, WA: 1917 – 1929), Tuesday 25 March 1924, page 2


Re-organization of the Sport | TRACK TO BE RECONSTRUCTED

A general meeting of members was held at the Council Chambers, Bun–bury, last Wednesday, when Mr. J. A Boor presided over a fair attendance! cf members, and in opening the meeting, extended a hearty greeting to. Mr. J. C. Skull, the chairman of stewards of the W.A.T.A. After the hon. secretary had explained the alterations required in the constitution to fall in line with the requirements of the W.A.T.A., the following motions were carried unanimously. j Mr. Bath moved and Mr. Emmett seconded that all previous resolutions and regulations contrary to the proposed reorganised constitution be rescinded. Mr. Elliott moved and Mr. Tootle seconded that the committee of the Club consist of seven members, four of whom shall be nominated by the West Australian Trotting Association, and three elected at the annual general meeting, the committee to elect their own president at their initial committee meeting.

 ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The following gentlemen were elect, ed to the committee: Messrs, J. A. Boor, H. Muir, C. D. Elliot, R. H. Rose, P. Rose, Geo. Clarke, and S. Howard-Bath. Mr. K. E. Gibson was re-elected as hon. secretary. “Mr. Clarke moved and Mr. Bath seconded that the members’ subscription to the club be in future £1/1/ instead of £2/2/- as previously, membership of new subscribers to date from one month prior to the first race I meeting. A hearty vote of thanks to the j chairman, moved by Messrs. Bath and j Debbie was carried by acclamation. j RECONSTRUCTION OF TRACK. The first meeting of the new committee was fixed for Wednesday, March 26, at 8 p.m., when details for ‘.he proposed reconstruction of the truck with couch and the installation … of an efficient water pipe scheme will be immediately gone into and the work put in hand. During his remarks earlier in the evening Mr. J. C. Skull said that it was the intention of the West Australian Trotting association to conduct a big trotting meeting on the Bunbury Club’s course a& soon as the new track was in order. A special train with horses and officials etc., would be brought down from Perth, and some fast races, say 2.26, would be put on the programme, which would mean that some of the fastest horses in the State would be competing. NEW MEMBERS. The membership of the Bunbury Trotting Club is £1/1/- per annum, and for the convenience of any country readers who cannot get into Bunbury to see the hon. secretary, we append a form which, if cut out and forwarded, will be all that is necessary to ensure enrolment as a member.

1924. K.E. GIBSON, Hon. Secretary, Bunbury Trotting Club. Please enrol me as a member of the Bunbury Trotting Club for one year from the date of reopening the track in 1924, at the fee of One Guinea (inclusive of two ladies’ tickets).

1923 Annual Meeting



The past year’s operations of the Bunbury Trotting Club have been 4 satisfactory, as will be seen from the President’s report hereunder, while as regards to the forth coming season, that is to commence in November next, all members share Mr. Mc-Dermid’s confidence and expectancy. The annual meeting of the Club took place at the Prince of Wales Hotel last Wednesday night, when the new president, Mr. Robert McDermid, presided over a full gathering. After the usual preliminaries, the president submitted his report, which, of course, was enthusiastically adopted. In reviewing the year’s progress, the president said: — It gives me great pleasure to present, to you this annual report. I propose to go through the past year’s work and to make you conversant with the progress that has been made by your committee to date. Through various causes several of the members of the original committee have had to vacate their seats, and other members have been elected to replace them. The officers of your Club are now as follows : — Patron, S. Howard-Bath; President, R. McDermid; Vice-Presidents: Messrs. J. A. Boor, J. S. Boulden; Committee: Messrs. J. Brown snr., A. Denning, W. H. Mc-Ewan, A. T. Trigwell, A. Howard -Bath, R. J. McKenzie, A. E. Muir, and Geo. Sloan; Hon. Treasurer, R. J. O’Neill; Hon. Secretary, K. E. Gibson. All these gentlemen are eligible for re-election. The first work that faced your committee was the construction of a trotting track at the Wellington Agricultural Society Show Grounds. After consultation with Messrs. Powell and Cameron, architects, of Perth, tenders were called for and finally that of Mr. A. J. Buswell, was accepted at £420. Unfortunately owing to the Club having been formed (and the work consequently having been finished) so late in the year it was found impossible to race in November and December, as was anticipated. However, everything has now been placed in readiness to get an early in the new season, and there is every indication of a very successful year. In this connection it is gratifying to know that over 50 local nominations were received for our last trotting meeting. This goes to show the interest that has been manifested in the sport. To meet the expense of the construction of the track resource had to be had to a bank overdraft. This was met by a guarantee by Mr. James Brennan of £350, and by a joint guarantee by your committee of £75. Vou were, I do not doubt, some-what disappointed at the Club only holding three meetings during the past season. This was quite unavoidable and was not due in any way to lack of foresight or want of enthusiasm on the part of your committee. The principal factor which guided the racing dates was the condition of the track. After very careful consideration it was decided that to race on the track before it had had a full winter’s rain on it to settle it down would do it infinite harm. As the track had cost the Club well over £400 the Committee thought that it would be better to only hold the three meetings than to risk the possible ruin of the track. In this connection it is intended to race during the coming season as often as dates can be had from the Trotting Association. With reference to the selection of the Show Grounds as the Club’s track, the Committee went very carefully into the various grounds available before deciding on the use of this ground. There is no doubt that when the laying out of the grounds and the erection of all the buildings are completed, this will be one of the prettiest trotting courses in the State. A very advantageous agreement ‘has been made between the Society and this Club giving us first call on the grounds for all dates except Show Day for the next fifteen years, at a graduated rental, the highest of which is only 10 percent, of the gate receipts, and giving us full use of all the Society’s buildings, etc. It has been suggested that the members’ subscriptions be renewed gratis for the coming season, owing to the small number of meetings that have been held. However, I would strongly recommend that you gentlemen, who I know have the best interests of the Club at heart, the very heavy expense that the Club has been under to get started, and of the large overdraft on which interest has to be paid, will decide to renew your subscriptions. Touching on the conduct of the first meetings held, the officials of the W:A.T.A. were unanimous in their praise. Mr. Hummerston, the organiser of the former body, stated that ours was the most successful and best organised inaugural meeting which he had attended. This speaks volumes for the amount of hard and splendid work which must have been done by cur late lion, secretary, Mr. O’Neill. I do not know if I have left out anything of importance, bat if I have it will give me the greatest of pleasure to answer any questions and to give you any information that you may desire. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The election of officers was made as follows Patrons : Messrs. S. Howard Bath and Robt. McDermid; President, Mr. J. A. Boor; Vice-Presidents: Messrs. J. S- Boulden and Emmett; Committee: Messrs. Kaeshagen, Hancock, McEwan, McKenzie, Pearse, J. Brown snr., A. Trigwell, and C. Trigwell. Mr. R. G. O’Neill was elected Treasurer, K. Gibson Secretary, and Mr. George Sloan Hon. Veterinary Surgeon.

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