The Home of Racing in Sydney
THE ATC HERITAGE CENTRE
The ATC Heritage Centre located at Royal Randwick Racecourse is home to the history of racing in NSW. From donations and the accumulation of records, a collection of over 10,000 items covers the history of racing from the earliest days of the colony.
Racing formally began in 1810 at Hyde Park under the authority of Governor Macquarie. It grew from there and soon the Australian Jockey Club was created, undertaking to manage the rules and regulations of racing and begin to licence and register those wishing to take part. The Sydney Turf Club was introduced in 1943, and it was these two clubs that merged in 2011 to form Australian Turf Club.
The ATC Heritage Collection captures the stories of these clubs and the racecourses they managed, bringing them to life once again. The Centre is open by appointment to researchers and on the first Thursday of the month for tours.