With Melbourne Cup approaching, the Club looks back at its rich history and our association with the turf which is inseparable from the history of organized horse racing in New South Wales.

In 1858, the Tattersalls Club went a long way to provide support and help raise funds to solve some major issues that the Jockey Club was facing.

Tattersalls provided room for the Australian Jockey Club to meet and later along with the Australian Jockey Club chairman, The hon. Deas Thomson, the Club made several attempts in organizing a headquarters for the jockey club to be able to handle enquiries and solve disputes.

Our connections remain through multi-generational memberships with names including Waterhouse, Ingham, Cummings and de Mestre still represented strongly.

Etienne Livingston de Mestre was a 19th-century Australian breeder and jockey of Thoroughbred racehorses, who won five Melbourne Cups astonishingly four with his own horses, Archer (2), Tim Whiffler and Calamia, as well as Chester. Additionally, he held the record for training the most Melbourne Cup winners for nearly 100 years.

Etienne de Mestre has left a victorious mark in the history of the Melbourne Cup and Australian horse racing, and it’s an honour to have his extended family as a part of the Tattersalls Club for many years now.

For further insights into our archives click on the link below and to find out more about our family memberships, Please contact the team at membership@tattersallsclub.org