Odds are that you’ll spend some time in front of a computer screen or smart device this Cup Day. Why not take a punt and explore our wealth of Melbourne Cup and horse racing resources online.
Copyright-free Melbourne Cup images
Dive into our digital image pool and browse nearly 200 images relating to the Melbourne Cup from our collections. These images are free of copyright restrictions and available for you to reuse, remix and repurpose!
Melbourne Cup 150th anniversary: image gallery
Our online picture gallery features an eclectic range of pictures to celebrate the Cup’s 150th anniversary in 2011 – from the serious business of winning, to frivolity in the car park.
Melbourne Cup Research Guide
Our research guide to Horse racing and the Melbourne Cup is the ultimate gateway to the Library’s Melbourne Cup collections, and required reading for horse racing enthusiasts. Learn how to find information on everything from newspaper archives to international stud books, weight odds to race winners, and much more.
Many unique and colourful terms are used in relation to thoroughbred horse racing. Some, like ‘also ran’ and ‘odds on’, have become part of our day-to-day speech. Many of these terms are defined in dictionaries such as the Macquarie or the Oxford, both of which can be accessed online by Victorian Library members.
You can also read librarian Tim Hogan’s entertaining blog post on the genesis of the popular expression ‘Daylight second’.
The Cup in fiction
The Melbourne Cup has been a rich source for creative writers. To find Australian novels and poems concerned with the Cup you could try a keyword search for ‘Melbourne Cup’ in the AustLit database. This online resource is available for free to Victorian Library members.
The Library holds many images relevant to the Cup, including paintings, photographs and illustrations. Try a search on our catalogue: choose ‘Pictures & photographs’ from the drop-down menu in the search box, and enter some keywords or an exact phrase, such as for the great horse ‘Carbine’. Use the options on the left-hand side of the screen to narrow the results.
There were a number of illustrated newspapers published in Melbourne in the latter part of the 19th century. Many of the illustrations were wood engravings that have since been digitised. You can search for newspaper illustrations of the Melbourne Cup in the Library catalogue. Select ‘Pictures & photographs’ from the drop-down menu in the search box. Then, enter the term ‘illustrated newspaper file melbourne cup’ in the search box to see the results.
Library hours on Cup Day
The Library will be open until 6pm on the Melbourne Cup Day public holiday, Tuesday 3 November.