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Neutral Bay Regatta program

Date: 1857
455 x 380 x 20 mm
Medium: Ink on paper, wood
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron
Object Name: Program
Object No: 00032242
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    This handwritten program for the Neutral Bay Regatta, held on 1 January 1857, offers an insight into the organisation of early colonial regattas in Sydney. Regattas varied in size from large commemorative celebrations to small local events. This program for a local community regatta features races for rowing and sculling boats, with only one sailing race. It lists the entrants, colours and prize money to be awarded. As most regatta programs were printed this is a rare example of a handwritten program.
    SignificanceRegattas were part of colonial life, confirming community identity on a local, regional and national level. This program is an important record of the Neutral Bay Regatta, and represents the smaller scale community regattas, which were not reported in the general press.
    HistoryRegattas were central to competitive boating in the 19th century, functioning as a social and sporting event, as well as a marker of official anniversaries in a public aquatic spectacle. Civic leaders, politicians and merchants offered patronage and sponsorship. Community regatta often featured several races, including rowing, sculling and sailing events usually for professional watermen and amateurs.

    Additional Titles

    Web title: Neutral Bay Regatta program

    Primary title: Neutral Bay Regatta to be held on the 1st of January 1857

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