His­tory lives on

Grand­daugh­ter wears orig­i­nal prizes to Eidsvold race meet

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

FEW peo­ple who at­tended Eidsvold Races on Satur­day were aware of the his­tory be­hind the jewellery worn by Bev Krafft and how in­volved her grand­fa­thers were with Eidsvold’s rac­ing.

Mrs Krafft’s pa­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Frank Perry sur­veyed the first race­course near Eidsvold Sta­tion and her ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Jack Pickering won a bracelet when th­ese much-ad­mired prizes were given to Eidsvold Race Club race win­ners.

Eidsvold His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety records re­veal one such bracelet ‘con­tained about an ounce of Eidsvold gold and the cir­cle had on the front of it a pret­tily fin­ished horse shoe crossed by a rid­ing whip. It was man­u­fac­tured and de­signed by Mr T J Gill­h­espy of Moreton Street.’

The bracelet, won by Mrs Krafft’s grand­fa­ther, which she wore to the Sus­tain Coun­try Race Day in Eidsvold on Satur­day was quite dif­fer­ent; it fea­tured emer­alds, ru­bies and pearls in a gold band.

The piece of Eidsvold gold in Mrs Krafft’s broach held tiny gold min­ing tools to­gether.

More, p32-33.

His­tor­i­cal records con­tained about an ounce of Eidsvold gold and the cir­cle had on the front of it a pret­tily fin­ished horse shoe crossed by a rid­ing whip.

PHOTO: SUE HAR­RIS

HIS­TORIC JEWELLERY: Bev Krafft at­tended the Eidsvold Races on Satur­day and wore a brooch made of Eidsvold gold and a bracelet won by her ma­ter­nal grand­fa­ther Jack Pickering at the Eidsvold Races many years ago.

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