- Christmas Sports on the diggings
On 22 December 1857, the Ballarat Star carried an advertisement for the Christmas Sports taking place at the Turf Hotel on Boxing Day, including shooting, climbing a greasy pole, pony and foot races and a wrestling match.
- 22 December 1857
- Published Source
- Ballarat Star, 22 December 1857. Details
CHRISTMAS SPORTS AT THE TURF HOTEL ON BOXING DAY
December 26th 1857
A SPLENDID RIFLE will be shot for by 20 members, at 10s each. Distance 120 yards string measurement; three shots allowed each member.
After which Geese will be shot for at 208 yards distance.
Pigeons to be had on ground, if required.
Climbing the GREASY POLE for a Gold Watch. Open to all.
Running in sacks for £2 2s each race. Entrance fee 2s 6d.
Race for pig with greasy tail; whoever it is to keep it.
Open to all ponies in this district: to run 3/4ths of a mile. Not more than eight allowed to start.
Prize £5. Entrance fee 10s.
For Amateurs only; 200 yards for £2 2s. Entrance fee 2s 6d.
FOOT HURDLE RACE
Once round the course over six hurdles, three feet high, for £3 3s. Entrance fee, 5s.
Prize £2 2s, for the best player. To be decided by umpires.
Open to all. Stakes to be declared on the ground.
DON’T FORGET BOXING DAY AT THE TURF HOTEL.
Created: 13 October 2006, Last modified: 13 February 2007