State Government ‘lays down’ $5000 grant to help publish The Triangle

THE NSW State Government has ‘laid down’ $5000 for a good cause, backing the publishing costs of Moree and District Historical Society’s new fundraiser, The Triangle, a history of bush racing across Moree Plains district.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall met with the book’s author Bill Poulos and Moree and District Historical Society President Stephen Ritchie recently to announce the support and formally launched the book at last Saturday’s Moree picnic races

Proceeds from book sales will go directly towards the formation of a local historical museum in the former Crown Lands building in Frome Street.

Additional funding was provided by Moree, Mallawa and Talmoi picnic race clubs, Moree Plains Shire Council and golfing greats, The Moree Desperates.

Mr Marshall congratulated the Historical Society on its fundraising efforts.

“I have been working with the Moree and District Historical Society for nearly four years to make the old Crown Lands building its new permanent home,” Mr Marshall said.

“It’s a perfect re-use of this iconic building and this book is a wonderful way to chronicle the history and importance of country picnic races to the social fabric of the Moree district over more than a century-and-a-half.

“Since the mid-1800s picnic racing has played a major role in bringing people together across the ‘Golden Triangle’.

“This book talks about those people, the horses and places that make up picnic racing in the north-west and I urge everyone who loves the sport to get out and buy a copy,” he said.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall with Bill Poulos at Moree picnic races.

There are 100 limited edition hard-cover books available, along with and 500 soft-covers, which will be sold at upcoming race meetings at Mallawa on Saturday, June 8 and Talmoi on Saturday, June 22.

MORE than 20 businesses and hotels across the Moree plains shire will sell copies of The Triangle.

Tourism Moree heads a long list of participating outlets selling The Triangle, which will also be available at Deluxe Café Moree, North West Real Estate, Sutherland Reid and Farrar, B&W Rural, Kenway and Clark, Beauty Matters, Dipper’s Home Timber and Hardware, Webb and Boland Lawyers, Croppa Creek Store, The Moree Gallery, Pitman Deakin, South Moree Butchery, A Tasty Surprise, Thomas Lee Motorcycles, Moree Veterinary Hospital, Faulkner’s Newsagency, McGregor Gourlay, Jukes Tyre Service and Assef’s Moree.

Mungindi’s Jolly Swagman Hotel, the Pally Pub, Pioneer Hotel at Boomi and Garah’s Club Hotel will also stock the book while Mungindi Jockey Club will sell copies at its annual cup meeting on Saturday, July 6.

Mr Marshall said he was pleased to see the Historical Society forging ahead with its plans for a museum at the historic Lands Office.

“Through various considerable donations from community organisations across Moree, the Historical Society appears well on track to make the museum come true,” he said.

“It’s important Moree’s public records are maintained for future generations and the more money which is raised the greater the capacity local historians will have to do so.”

The Triangle will also be available by mail-order.

Enquiries regarding purchasing The Triangle can be made by emailing:

Media Release: May 27, 2019