and who was his jockey known as Peter St Albans?

briseis 1876

Briseis, Melbourne, Hugh George for Wilson and Mackinnon, 25 November 1876, wood engraving     A/S25/11/76/136

Briseis is regarded as one of the greatest mares ever foaled in Australia. As a three year old she won the VRC Victoria Derby, the Melbourne Cup and the VRC Oaks, all within six days. For more information consult the entry on Wikipedia.

Briseis’ Cup triumph was in 1876 ridden by a boy known as Peter St Albans, the youngest jockey ever to win. Who was St Albans?  In his Don Grant Lecture presentation in August 2011 as part of the Library’s annual Family History Feast event, Dr Andrew Lemon describes his search for St Alban’s real identity. In the lead up to the this year’s race you can enjoy Dr Lemon’s fascinating account of his research as a videocast on the Library’s website.

Interested in finding out more in general about the history of the Cup since its inception in November 1861? Check out the Library’s Research Guide prepared in the 150th year of its running. The Library in association with Melbourne Cup 150 has also mounted a special display Celebrating the 150th Melbourne Cup running from 16 to 31 October 2011.

Who will win the 2011 race? What will their story be for the future?


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