Over the coming months we will be investigating the history of Canterbury racecourse through a series of articles describing the course from its earliest beginnings to the creation of the ATC. The content is the result of diligent research by our volunteers and the images are sourced primarily from the collection.

1946 to 1964


1946 Earl and Lady Mountbatten visited Canterbury in March

Figure 1: George Podmore meets Lord Mountbatten, 30/03/1946, unknown photographer


1946 Australia’s first photo finish camera is installed at Canterbury on 16th March
1948 Australia’s first electric mobile starting barriers are introduced at Canterbury on 10th July after various trials

Figure 2: Mobile starting stalls, News Limited


1949 Prominent trainer Jack Denham got his start at Canterbury

Figure 3: Jack Denham, unknown photographer

1954 Mid-week races resumed at Canterbury after a 12 year hiatus. The last mid-week meeting at Canterbury had been held in 1942.
1955 The STC moved the trotters off Canterbury to make room for extensions to hold additional trainers from Moorefield.
1964 Canterbury conducted the first race meeting in NSW where the public had an opportunity to bet off course in a Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) on 9th December.
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