David Innes Watt (1855-1924)

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18 carat gold cup
The Tirranna Picnic Race Club Challenge Cup was first presented in 1895. Mr David Innes Watt won the cup in 1899 with his horse Loch Leven, in 1904 with Chiefswood and in 1906 with Pleasure. With his third win, he earned the right to retain the gold cup in perpetuity.
Crafted by Hardy Brothers Jewelers, the Tirranna Picnic Race Club Challenge Cup was awarded for the main race. In 1895 the gold cup was valued at ?150.
From the early days of colonisation, picnic races have been a feature of rural life. Country people traveled long distances to these annual gatherings, some of which continued for several days and were accompanied by wild celebrations. The Tirranna Picnic Races were established in 1855 at Tirranna, a property outside Goulburn, New South Wales. In 1872 the railway from Sydney reached Goulburn, making the Tirranna Picnic Races more accessible to Sydney racing enthusiasts and by 1875, Tirranna was thought to be one of the best race tracks in the colony. The Governor attended with due pomp and ceremony, along with other socialites and people of influence and the meeting was widely reported in the Sydney press, as were the fashionable gowns worn at the associated balls and dances.

Date:7 Feb 1855
Location:at Murrundi, Brisbane County, New South Wales

Date:22 Mar 1924
Location:at Edgecliff, New South Wales, Australia

Event: Other -
Location:at Melbourne, , Victoria, Australia
Notes: Apparently, David Innes Watt was the owner of a horse named Cisco that won the 1911 AJC Derby and finished 13th in the Melbourne cup around the same time. I also found a piece regarding his involvement with the Tirranna Picnic Races.

Event: Registration - Death
Location:at Woollahra District, New South Wales, Australia

partner: Emmeline Maude Blackman (1860-1952)
Marriage: :
Date:20 Feb 1884
Location:at Mudgee, New South Wales
Notes: Mudgee, St John The Baptist.




  1. 5866/1884 NSW Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages
  2. Gary Welker
  3. Bruce White

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