Reading an old book about the Menzies Hotel, I was suprised to read there once was a racecourse in Richmond.
The racecourse was bounded by Bridge Road, Westbank Terrace and Stawell Street.
Described as John Wren's old Richmond Racecourse, when researching it we could not find many references to it.
The slum abolition movement completed its first project in 1941 when it built on the land which had been leased to John Wren for the Richmond Racecourse.
Tudor Street and Westbank Terrace are notable for their many clinker brick houses, originally Housing Commission of Victoria houses built on the old Richmond Racecourse.
Richmond Racecourse picture / John Kinmont Moir 1934.
The popularity of horseracing saw racecourses established throughout the expanding metropolis. Caulfield and Flemington are well known but there was also Williamstown, Croxton Park in Northcote, Kensington Park, Brighton Park and Elsternwick and the new and larger Moonee Valley in 1883.
Other proprietary racecourses opened at Oakleigh Park (1888, renamed Sandown Park in 1892), Mordialloc, Mentone (1888), Epsom (1889), Maribyrnong and Aspendale (1891) and pony tracks at Thornbury (called Fitzroy), Oakleigh (1891) and Ascot (1893).
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ Corner Bridge Rd and Stawell St Richmond | Map
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Richmond Racecourse
→ History of Richmond 3121
→ Richmond & Burnley Historical Society Inc.
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