Ele­phants raced twice

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

As was men­tioned in the ar­ti­cle about ele­phant races in Mata­mata (Photo re­vives mem­o­ries, Mata­mata Chron­i­cle Au­gust 3, 2011) there was a sec­ond ele­phant race nearly three years af­ter the first one.

In April 1965 an­other ele­phant race took place in Mata­mata, this time or­gan­ised by the Lions Club and run­ning in the other direc­tion from Arawa St up to Arawa St ex­ten­sion.

The fol­low­ing is the Mata­mata County Mail ac­count of this race.

‘‘Teach­ers Put Up A Grade – Mr G McNeil, head­mas­ter, Wardville School, wins yes­ter­day af­ter­noon’s ele­phant race down Arawa Street on Rill, aged 75 years. Mr K Ross, Mata­mata Pri­mary School, on Lena, 65-year-old ele­phant, dead­heated with 25-year-old Jocky rid­den by Mr R Gavin, Firth School. Arawa Street was packed with ex­cited chil­dren for the race. A col­lec­tion from spec­ta­tors raised 20 pounds for Firth School swim­ming baths.

The race was spon­sored by the Lions Club through the cour­tesy of Sole Bros & Wink’s Cir­cus.’’

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