History lives on
Granddaughter wears original prizes to Eidsvold race meet
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.
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.
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.