Birdsville Races 2011

Along with the Birdsville Hotel, the Birdsville Races are well known outback Australian icons. The annual Birdsville Races are a charity event held to raise funds for the Birdsville Hospital and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. All the gate takings going to these good causes, but the races themselves attract serious prize money in excess of $100,000 which attracts good quality competitors to the event.

Birdsville Racecourse in the Queensland outback, ca. 1926. John Oxley Library Image 63004. Weighing in at the Birdsville Races, Queensland, ca. 1926. John Oxley Library Image 63003. Horseracing at Birdsville, ca. 1975. John Oxley Library Image lbp00070.

Wishing all competitors and visitors to the 2011 Birdsville Races the best of luck.

Simon Farley

Manager, Client Services – Queensland Memory – State Library of Queensland