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Going to the Dogs

A history of greyhound racing in New South Wales
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Greyhound racing has a contentious history in New South Wales—2017 was not the first time that its existence was threatened, and it probably won’t be the last. Now, for the first time, a comprehensive history of the sport has been collected, deftly charting the highs and lows from coursing and tin-hare racing all the way through to the current controversies. In many ways the underdog of the racing world, greyhounds, and the people who own, train and race them, are here given the attention they deserve. This is essential reading for anyone with an interest in “the sport of the people”.

Sydney author Max Solling is the current holder of the History Council of NSW Annual History Citation, recognising his outstanding works. He has written several landmark histories including Grandeur and Grit, the history of Glebe. He is a founding editor of the Leichhardt Historical Journal and is also a practising solicitor. His work in community history saw him awarded an OAM. Max is passionate about sports history and is a former Australian Universities Boxing Champion.

GREYHOUND CONTENTS Coursing: Origins and Early Development Beginning of Coursing in Australia The New South Wales Coursing Club Greyhound People (Administrators, bookmakers, owners, trainers, slippers, judges) Slippers and Judges First Generation of Coursers in New South Wales Early Administrators of New South Wales Coursing The New South Wales National Coursing Association Coursing Clubs in NSW 1879 to 1935 Patron Landholders of Live-Hare Coursing in New South Wales Prominent Live-Hare Coursing Clubs in New South Wales Hares, Rabbits and Rats The NSW Waterloo Cup 1884 to 1953 Bright Lights and the Betting Ring: The Rise of Tin-Hare Greyhound Racing The Inner Industrial Suburbs of Sydney 1881 to 1911 Pigeon Racing Wentworth Park, 1882 to 1936 A Place Called Harold Park, 1890 to 2010 Lilliebridge Electric Running Grounds Epping Racecourse War and Post-War Reconstruction Transformation to a Modern Trotting Industry Professional and Amateur Sport Introduction of Mechanical Hare Racing Arrival of Tin-Hare Racing Prelude to Mechanical Hare Racing at Epping Racecourse The Proprietary Greyhound Company Advent of Mechanical Hare Coursing in Victoria Mechanical Hare Racing in Tasmania Mechanical Hare Racing in Queensland Mechanical Hare Racing in Sydney Early Greyhound Owners and Trainers Associations in Sydney The Great Depression and Betting Revenue Royal Commission into Greyhound Racing and Fruit Machines Greyhound Racing Control Board NSW Trotting Club: The Principal Club in Greyhound Racing New Harold Park Track Demonstration at the Dogs Government Reliance on Gaming and Betting Revenue in NSW Social Class and the Dogs Social Class of Spectators Social Structure of Country Coursing Clubs The Spread of Mechanical Hare Racing in NSW Strident Opposition Granting of Greyhound Racing Licences Diggers Mechanical Hare Coursing Clubs District Hospital Boards Showgrounds and Agricultural and Historical Societies Mechanical Hare Equipment NSW Country Towns and the Mechanical Hare Phenomenon The Expanding Greyhound Industry NSWTC and NSW NCA Greyhound Racing Control Council Australian and New Zealand Greyhound Association: The First National Greyhound Body The Control of Betting and Gaming in Britain and Australia Bookmakers Fraud and Malpractice Owners and Trainers Master Greyhound Trainers Champion Greyhounds Working Lives Impact of the Greyhounds Innovations and New Technology The Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA) Founding of the Control Board GBOTA Takes over at Harold Park Accusations and the NCA Gathering Momentum The Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) GBOTA, 1968 to 1976 Racecourse Development Fund The TAB, Sky Channel and Demise of Race Crowds A New Wentworth Park Grandstand Greyhound Racing NSW Greyhound Legislation Confronting the Threat of Extinction Field Ambulances of the Sixth Division 2/1st Field Ambulance 2/2nd Field Ambulance 2/7th Field Ambulance The Seventh Division Brigades of the Seventh Division 18th Brigade (2/9th, 2/10th, 2/12th Battalions) 21st Brigade (2/14th, 2/16th, 2/27th Battalions) 25th Brigade (2/25th, 2/31st, 2/33rd Battalions) Units under command of the Seventh Division 7th Division Cavalry Regiment 7th Division Artillery 2/4th Field Regiment 2/5th Field regiment 2/6th Field Regiment 2/2nd Anti-Tank Regiment 7th Division Engineers 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion 7th Division Service Corps 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion 2/3rd Machine Gun Battalion 2/2nd Field Hygiene Section 2/1st Malaria Control Unit 2/2nd Malaria Control Unit 2/1st Mobile Bacteriological Laboratory Field Ambulances of the Seventh Division 2/4th Field Ambulance 2/5th Field Ambulance 2/6th Field Ambulance The Ninth Division Brigades of the Ninth Division 20th Brigade (2/13th, 2/15th, 2/17th Battalions) 24th Brigade (2/28th, 2/32nd, 2/43rd Battalions) 26th Brigade (2/23rd, 2/24th, 2/48th Battalions) Units under command of the Ninth Division 9th Division Cavalry Regiment 9th Division Artillery 2/7th Field Regiment 2/8th Field Regiment 2/12th Field Regiment 2/3rd Anti-Tank Regiment 2/4th Light Anti- Aircraft Regiment 9th Division Engineers 2/3rd Pioneer Battalion 9th Division Service Corps 2/2nd Machine Gun Battalion 2/4th Field Hygiene Section 2/6th Field Hygiene Section Field Ambulances of the Ninth Division 2/3rd Field Ambulance 2/8th Field Ambulance 2/11th Field Ambulance First Australian Corps- Corps Troops Corps Artillery 2/9th Field Regiment 2/11th Field Regiment 2/13th Field Regiment 2/1st Medium Regiment 2/1st Survey Regiment 2/1st Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2/2nd Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment 2/3rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Corps Engineers Corps Signals Corps AASC 2/1st Motor Ambulance Convoy 2/4st Motor Ambulance Convoy Corps AAOC 2/1st Field Workshop 2/2nd Field Workshop 2/3rd Field Workshop 2/4th Field Workshop Medical Units under command of Headquarters First Australian Corps 2/1st Casualty Clearing Station 2/2nd Casualty Clearing Station 2/3rd Casualty Clearing Station 2/13th Field Ambulance 2/3rd Field Hygiene Section Administrative Headquarters AIF Middle East Base and Line of Communication Units HOSPITALS 2/1st Australian General Hospital 2/2nd Australian General Hospital 2/4th Australian General Hospital 2/5th Australian General Hospital 2/6th Australian General Hospital 2/7th Australian General Hospital 2/9th Australian General Hospital 2/11th Australian General Hospital 2/12th Australian General Hospital Australian Special Hospitals Australian Convalescent Depots EAST OF SUEZ The Eighth Division Brigades of the Eighth Division 22nd Brigade (2/18th, 2/19th, 2/20th Battalions) 23rd Brigade (2/21st , 2/22nd, 2/40th Battalions) 27th Brigade (2/26th, 2/29th, 2/30th Battalions) Units under command of the Eighth Division 8th Division Cavalry Regiment 8th Division Artillery 2/10th Field Regiment 2/13th Field Regiment 2/14th Field Regiment 2/15th Field Regiment 2/1st Heavy Battery 2/4th Anti-Tank Regiment 8th Division Engineers 2/4th Pioneer Battalion 8th Division Service Corps 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion 2/5th Field Hygiene Section 2/2nd Mobile Bacteriological Laboratory 2/2nd Motor Ambulance Convoy 2/3rd Motor Ambulance Convoy Field Ambulances of the Eighth Division 2/9th Field Ambulance 2/10th Field Ambulance 2/12th Field Ambulance Medical Units under command of Headquarters Eighth Division 2/4th Casualty Clearing Station 2/2nd Australian Convalescent Depot Australian General Hospitals in Malaya 2/10th Australian General Hospital 2/13th Australian General Hospital THE SOUTH WEST PACIFIC OCEAN & THE BANDA SEA The BIRD Forces Gull Force Sparrow Force Lark Force Robin Force Wren & Heron Force Plover & Emu Force Hospital Ships 2/1st Australian Hospital Ship - Manunda 2/2nd Australian Hospital Ship - Wanganella 1st Netherlands Military Hospital Ship - Oranje Sea Ambulance Transport Company SYNOPSIS Middle East Command Libya 1940-1941 Greece Crete Syria El Alamein The Far East APPENDICES Alphabetical List of Medical Officers Roll of Honour List of Abbreviations in the text Addenda and Corrigenda for previous volumes MAPS Cyrenaica in 1940 Page XX Greece in April 1941, showing the Olympus-Aliakmon Line Medical units in Greece 17 April 1941 Crete showing the location of Field Ambulances on 18 May 1941 The Advance into Syria The Location of the AIF in December 1941 Location of Field Ambulances supporting the 7th Division 18 June 1941 The Locations of the Headquarters of the 9th Division on 11 March 1941 El Alamein and environs October 1942 Location of the 9th Division Field Ambulances 24th October 1942 Malaya: the Japanese landings and advance to Singapore Northern Greece on 15th April 1941 Crete in 1941 The Battle of Alamein: the XXX Corps Plan and the Break Out

* Coverage of an issue that has been prominent in the media lately. * Of interest to anyone who participates in the sport. * Covers the social and cultural history of greyhound racing and other sports in the region, giving it cross-over into the general history market. * Book launch, local bookshop campaign.
* MAX SOLLING, the author of GOING TO THE DOGS is going to be interviewed about the book next SUNDAY 13 DEC. at 8am or 9am by Ian Macarthur (“Macca”) on “AUSTRALIA ALL OVER” on ABC Radio.

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