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Victoria Park was the first official racetrack in South Australia, the earliest meeting was held there in 1846. It was then simply known as the Eastern Parklands track, it was not until 1871 that it was officially named Victoria Park.

The Victoria Park Grandstand was constructed in 1882. Further developments followed with entrance gates, turnstile building, kiosk and an Adelaide Racing Club office building constructed through the early twentieth century.

Recent Years

The last race meeting at Victoria Park was in December 2007. Many of the early structures have since been demolished.

The park is now a venue for the Adelaide International Horse Trials and is part of the Adelaide Street Circuit used during the Clipsal 500 motor race.

By Catherine Manning, History Trust of South Australia

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Image: Construction of a grandstand with old vehicle in the foreground.

Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: BRG 201/13/2/84, Public Domain

Victoria Park Grandstand

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Spectators at the horse races, Victoria Park, c.1890s.

History SA. South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN00322

Image : Men in suits inspecting construction site.

Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia. SLSA: PRG 280/1/13/161 Public Domain.

Victoria Park Race Track

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Race meeting at Victoria Park, c. 1910s

History SA. South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN10530

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Bookmakers at a race meeting, Victoria Park Racecourse, 1937

Image courtesy of the State Library of South Australia, SLSA: B 7291, http://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+7291 Public Domain

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Victoria Park Race Course, Fullarton Road, August 1916

History SA. South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN01699

Image: large crowd of people at horse race track
Spectators at the Horse Races - Victoria Park circa 1890s

History SA. South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN00320A

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Victoria Park, Adelaide Racing Clubs, Birthday Meeting, circa 1900's

History SA. South Australian Government Photographic Collection, GN11360

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