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O.P. « 2019-May-09, 10:58 AM »
The following is an extract from the report of the Royal Commission into Racing in covers the changes of ownership to when it was purchased by the BATC a very interesting find if I may say so ...much more detail than was posted by my goodself in the thread Ownership of Albion Park.

(d) The Albion Park Racecourse.
The lands comprising the Albion Park Racecourse at present total an
area of 39 acres 0 roods 7 ·II perches.
This area includes a large number of portions of land under The Real
Property Acts, alienated from the Crown prior to the year 1890.
On lith February, 1890, 25 acres 2 roods 16 perches of the land werEt
sold by the then owner to The Breakfast Creek Sports Ground Proprietary,
Limited, for the sum of £8,000. On the same day, the same Company
purchased from other owners further areas of land totalling 3 acres 2 roods
8·15 perches.
By registered mortgage No. 220341, dated the same day, the Company
mortgaged all the said lands to .the Royal Bank of Queensland, Limited, to
secure the sum of £18,000.
Subsequently, on the liquidation of the Company, that Bank became
owner in fee-sin1ple of all the said lands as from the lst February, 1894.
As the result of a large number of transactions, not necessary to be set
forth, the Bank also became entitled, in or about the sa1ne year, to the feesimple ownership of other contiguous lands of a total area of 17 acres 1 rood
16·14 perches. The Bank had thus acquired a total holding of 42 acres 3 roods
32 ·14 perches.
In 1909 the Bank agreed to sell to one Wesley Castles, for the sum of
£30,000, an area of 38 acres 2 roods 11·52 perches, part of its said holding.
Later in the same year, Castles assigned the benefit of this contract to
Messrs. Nathan and Wren for £31,000.
This sale was duly-licompleted, and on-=the 14th December, 1916, by
registered transfer No. 678909, Messrs. Nathan and Wren became registered
proprietors in fee-simple as tenants in common of the said 38 acres 2 roods
11·52 perches.
As a result of var.ious small transactions, this area was increased by
Messrs. Nathan and Wren to 39 acres 0 roods' 24·62 perches, for which area
new deeds of grant Nos. 110016 and 110015 for undivided moieties as tenants in
common were issued to them respectively in 1922.
They subsequently sold small portions, and now hold the balance,
39 acres 0 roods 7 ·II perches, jn undivided 1noieties as tenants in comn1on in fee,
free from incumbrance~, under certificates of title Nos. 334044 and 334043.
By the Agreement of 17th April 1923 already referred to, as varied by
the subsequent Agreement of 6th December, 1929, also already referred to, this
land is in process of being sold, together with the Deagon course and the goodwill of the business previously carried on by the vendors, to The Brisbane
Amateur Turf Club, for the sum of £450,000, payable by a deposit of
£10,000 and by equal monthly instalmentf:! of £2,000, the balance of the
purchase money being pa,yable on or before the lst March, 1940.
Up to 30th June, 1929, a total of £161,110 of. this purchase money
had been paid, leaving a balance of £288,890 still owing. .

Site and Formation of Track.-Originally, this site was a swamp subject
to some extent to tidal influences. Portion of this swamp was filled in, partly
with logs but mainly with sandstone and rubble, to form the foundation of
the racing track. On such a foundation it would be impossible to grow
grass. Part of the swamp still rmnains inside ·the track. The stone
foundation is covered with from three to four inc he's of loose sand, which
forms the running surface. The track thus formed needs constant inspection
and attention to prevent accidents, as small subsidences occasionally occur,
requiring repair of the foundation itself and the spreading of more sand.
The sand surface is kept as far as possible at a uniform depth of three to
four inches. If this depth is not maintained, injury to the horses, by
jarring on the underlying stone, is probable.
In the above features the Albion Park Racecourse is unique· in Australia.
There is no separate training track, the outer parts of the course proper
being used for that purpose.
of Course.
The length of the track, 1neasured close to the rails, is 6 furlongs Length and
19 f t 6 · h Width. ee Inc es.
Its width varies considerably. The maximum width-92 feet 6 inches-is
found on the Eastern side of the track. Thence the track narrows to
58 feet 4 inches at the beginning of the turn into the straight. As this
turn approaches the straight, the track widens to 82 feet 6 inches. The
straight, which is a little less than I furlong in length, narrows to 64 feet
at the winning-post. The minimum width is 43 feet, at the back of the
All the turns are sharp. The first turn out of the straight is a curve Curves.
of 5 chains radius. This is followed by a curve of 4 chains 20 links. The
curve out of the back stretch is 3 chains; and, finally, a curve of 3 chains
70 links leads into the straight.
Safety of
Jockeys and
All these turns would be~ unsafe with a grass track.
The track is well-drained, and . ]s available for use in practically all
weathers. .
For the purposes. of 5f-furlong races, a special starting lane has been
constructed off the course proper so as to afford approximately a furlong
run before. the horses reach the· first turn.
The enclosures available to the .-public are three in number-the
Members' Enclosure, the Paddock, .an(J. :the Leger. There is no Flat.
The Members' Enclosure contains a stand capable of seating some
three to four hundred people. It is available to patrons who pay an extra
fee as well as to members. This stand is modern and in good condition.
The Paddock contains a fair-sized grandstand capable of seating
about one thousand persons. Part of this stand is not covered. The
structure is old, but appears to be sufficiently maintained. Under this
stand are adequate refreshment rooms and other services.
The Paddock, though ~mall, is well laid out vvith lawns, flower
gardens, and shade trees. . ... _,, -~1, .. 1. ' ·
An automatic Hodsdon totalisator i~' 1
od<, qp~q~tion serves both
Paddock and Leger Enclosures. · , I
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The Leger stand is of considerable size, but contains little or no seating
accommodation and is largely uncovered. Apart from this stand, no attempt
has been made to improve this enclosure.
Ample horse stalls of the usual type are provided.
During all meetings a surgeon and an ambulance wagon are in
attendance and a sufficiently appointed casualty room with tvvo beds is
available. A veterinary surgeon and a horse ambulance are also present.
This course is safe for jockeys and horses but subject only to the
fulfilment ~~ the four ,following conditipns, that i~ I to say, a ,striqt_'~!:W~~~~i,pp.
of fields, constant supervision of its £oundatio?s, the m_~i~~~11F~ncf_<;>f ,·.~ sand
surface of sufficient and uniform depth, arid unremitting.' vigilance by the
stewards interfer_(jnce during the :running of~}·.race.
Thjj maximum field. at present· J)'~rriliitecf ht'races: of 1 furf~ng~,_t nti~e,i l·.,_ •, · · , ', ·. ; ' ,.. : _., f. .. _•. . 1 :i: •1 .. ' and lt miles· is 'eighteen. For races of 5f and 6f furlongs,· the maximum_
is fifteen and fourteen respectively.
In May, 1929, a strong petition, signed by about one hundred and
sixty owners, trainers, and jockeys using the course, was presented to The
Queensland Turf Club Committee. This petition asked, inter alia, for a
reduction of the maximum field at Albion Park to fourteen runners at the
7 furlong post, with corresponding reductions at other starting points. The
reasons adduced in this petition ·were amplified in evidence before us by a
number of witnesses. The petition was referred to the stewards, who
r~p,or~ed unanimously in favour of the retention of the present maximum.
Nothing in the evidence warrants a conclusion that this report is not t9
be relied upon.
Long experience has shown that, with .vigilaJ?-t stevvards and the other
precautions we have enumerated, an undue pr?v?r~ion of _accident~ pan P~.
avoided. ' . . . .
There is, however, always present some risk of casualty inherent in the
nature of the foundation, a risk not shared by other courses. It follo"\vs that
any relaxation of care in inspection or in preparation of the racing track, or on
the part of the stewards, is more likely to lead to accidents than on other
courses. That these risks are not imaginary is shown by the fact that some
owners and trainers refuse to use the course at all, 'vhile others do not race
their best horses there.
Such a track as above described is unsuitable for weight for age and
other long distance races. In fact, with the exception of one 1!-mile race, the
longest distance run is 1 mile and 57 yards. The heavy going is too trying for
and is. unsuited to two-year-olds. For short distances, however, the sand at
Albion Park appears to suit some horses better than the turf at Eagle Farm.
Such suitability for racing as this course possesses is derived from the
fact that the running surface is sand.
But for this sand, the track ·would be entirely unsuitable for racing
purposes. The sand surface, while perhaps originally put down because grass
would not grovv on the foundations, and in order to enable the business of
racing to be carried on irrespective of the weather, is necessary to give the
horses a firm foot]J_old r9und the turns-turns too sharp for a turf course.
The fact that the tbtiJk' is on1y '6 furlongs in length, while accounting ior this
sharpness, emphasises the disadvantages necessarily due to an outside position
at the starting barrier .
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The central position of the course, combined vvith the absence of a
second suitable grass track, has been the n1ain factor in rendering possible its
successful use for racing, despite its natural disadvantages.
At the same time, this central position and the limited area available
prevent any extension of the track or any probability' bf its conversion into a
good racecourse.
\Moreover, there is not enough roon1 for an extension of the stands and
odier: app'ointrnents sufficient to accomm9date such num~ers 'ofpat~9ns as even
now frequeritiy ··attend Eagle F3:rm. - " ,, ' ' .. '--( ': • . ..:, c " i
In short, this racecourse and it~ appointn1ents ·are inadequate to the
neyds of to-,d~y, and the well-be~ng ~oft,lf,e ra9ing publiq WQt~ld be .better served
bjr. ~he early s:ub~titution of a grass course 'of more suitable characteristics and
with better appointments."

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« 2019-May-09, 04:25 PM Reply #1 »
The Royal Commission's consideration of Trotting.

Trotting races were provided in 1928 by The Brisbane Trotting Club,
and to some extent also in 1928 and 1929 by Coorparoo and Kedron, at
which courses one event per meeting was frequently devoted to trotting.
The Brisbane Trotting Club is a bona fide club formed in October,

Its present rules were adopted on the 15th March, 1928.
Any person is eligible for membership and, subject to the approval
of the committee, becomes entitled to the rights and privileges of
membership upon paynwnt of the annual subscription arid receipt of the
secretary's acknowledgment.

The annual subscription, payable yearly or half-yearly, is £1 ls.
The rules provide that the affairs of the club are to be administered
by a President, four Vice-Presidents, Treasurer, Committee of twelve, and a
Secretary, elected annually by the members at the Annual General 1VIeeting.
At present there are only eight members of committee.
There is no limitation of membership.

At present there are about forty-five financial members.
The club races under a printed set of rules of racing. These differ
from the Kedron rules mainly in making special provision for a method of

Up to December, 1928, the club, which has never had any course
of its own, held eleven meetings at Coorparoo, by arrangement with the
owners of that course. At these a total sum of £1,268 lOs. was distributed
in prize money.

These meetings were held on Saturdays and holidays, days on which
The Queensland Turf Club was holding meetings.
In spite of considerable assistance derived from donations by
members, the meetings resulted in a loss.
This loss was due largely to inability to attract the public 1n
competition with The Queensland Turf Club.

The management of Coorparoo always refused to allow the club
the use of the course on days other than those on which The Queensland
Turf Club was holding a n1eeting.

Since Decernber, 1928, the club has held no ·-meetings. The reason
given was that the club could not hope to hold successful meetings on
days on which The Queensland Turf Club was advertised- to race, and
could obtain no course for other dates.
The club keeps proper books of account, which correctly disclose
how all moneys received have been applied, disposed of, and used.
The club's officials deposed that if granted racing dates, with
protection against other racing on such dates, the club would be able to
carry on successfully.

They considered that eighteen days per annum should be held
available for their club, and that such days should include some Saturdays.
This claim was supported by evidence showing that, at their eleven
Ineetings in 1928, they had catered for 192 separate o-w~ners racing 275
separate horses, and that, there are at present 300 trotting horses in the
metropolitan area.

The Commission does not consider that the interests of the
metropolitan racing public would he promoted· by reserving for the Ineetings
of this club any Saturdays.

The Commission, however, sees no reason why a strictly limited
nun1ber of week days should not be set aside for meetings consisting only
of trotting events.

·Such meetings should not exceed six in number per annum.
These might well be held successfully in those weeks during which,
if the recommendation of the Commission as to the restriction of
unregistered racing is carried into effect, no other unregistered meeting was
being held.


192 individual owners probably owner/trainers/drivers racing 275 horses out of a total population of 300 in the metropolitan area.

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