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Defining Moments in Australian History

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Part of the 1866 Melbourne Cup.
1866 Melbourne Cup
The earliest known Melbourne Cup in its original state.
Two ornate horse racing trophies
1867 Melbourne Cup
An early Melbourne cup, won by racehorse Tim Whiffler.
An 18ct gold, three-handled cup style trophy
1934 Melbourne Cup
The 1934 Melbourne Cup trophy won by racehorse Peter Pan.
Phar Lap collection
Phar Lap collection
The legendary racehorse’s unusually large heart.
Flemington on Cup Day
Flemington on Cup Day
An interactive about Flemington Racecourse on Cup Day.
Spirited: Australia's Horse Story
Spirited exhibition
Includes objects and stories about horseracing in Australia.

Other featured moments from this period

1863: South Sea Islanders brought to Queensland as indentured labourers
1861: First Melbourne Cup
1868: Convict transportation to Australia ends
1868: Aboriginal cricket team tours England
1867: Australia’s first royal visit – by Prince Alfred, son of Queen Victoria

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