Horses were the cars of today and young men often spent their days dreaming
of horses and girls
The best way to show off a good horse was at one of the many local race meetings.
Most towns had a race course and held meetings on a regular basis. Even the smallest town or squatting run had an annual race meeting that was the height of the social events of the year.
The KellyGang loved their horses and enjoyed race meetings (OMA5/4/79)
Ned Kelly met James Whitty
at the races and they discussed stolen horses and cattle
Constable Fitzpatrick had been sent to Cashel in early April 1878 to watch over the race meeting just before the incident with the KellyGang. (RC5944)
There was a famous incident at the Whorouly races.
See race meetings at Albury, Happy Valley (OMA18/1/79)
Find the hiding places and sites where the KellyGang found fame and fortune and where their friends indulged in horse stealing and tried to make a life against the challenges of the squatters and banks. Let the KellyGang show you the places where they found safety from the law in the bush.