Congratulations to the Brisbane Racing Club as the recipient of the Queensland Business History Award for 2015.
The Queensland Business History Award recognises leadership in collecting, preserving and sharing business history. The annual award encourages businesses and business leaders to elevate the importance of safeguarding their irreplaceable historical material. This year’s recipient, the Brisbane Racing Club, holds more than 140 years of racing administration experience. The club formed in July 2009 as a result of a merger between the Queensland Turf Club, which dated back to 1865, and the Brisbane Turf Club — an amalgamation that was the first of its kind for the Australian racing industry. Brisbane Racing Club preserves the history of thoroughbred horse racing in Queensland in conjunction with the Thoroughbred Racing History Association with its heritage unit, archives, engagement activities and Old Tote Racing Museum. The museum showcases intriguing historical items such as trophies, early photos of horses, jockeys, committee members and racecourses, Queensland racing calendars dating back to 1887, Queensland Turf Club entries from 1890, historic racing books, trophies and memorabilia. Located at Eagle Farm racecourse, the Old Tote Racing Museum is open by appointment and on race days. At nearby Doomben, the Archives of historic books, papers and photographs is open every Wednesday or by appointment. Preserving business records helps co-create Queensland’s memory for future generations and State Library of Queensland encourages all businesses to get on board.