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An Unlucky Jockey

Written by Annie O'Riley ( on April 16, 2012

The Berwick race track was situated just behind the Central Hotel (called the Gippsland Hotel or Souters Gippsland Hotel) in the 1880’s. The following has been taken from  The Argus, 27 March, 1884.

“Mr. M. Phillips, of Dandenong, while riding in the Ladies Bag race at Berwick on Wednesday had his collarbone broken and shoulder dislocated. While being conveyed home in the dark, he and the driver were jolted out on to the road, the wheels going over the chest of the latter and Mr. Phillips being badly shaken.”


Written by Annie O'Riley. Annie is the author of and has been researching local history for over 30 years. She is constantly finding new stories and characters to write about.

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