This form was issued by Tattersalls to promote the various sweeps it was organising in conjunction with the running of the 1938 Melbourne Cup.

It was found by the donor under the floorboards of their house in North Croydon during renovations in 2007.

Physical Description

A rectangular sheet of thin paper, printed on both sides with extensive black and red text. On the front is a black and white photograph of a jockey riding a race horse.


Currently the Museum's collections related to horseracing and gambling centre around the champion racehorse Phar Lap. With the introduction of the Melbourne Cup section of the Phar Lap exhibition it has been decided to collect a selective amount of material related to the Melbourne Cup, particularly participation by Melburnians, both at Flemington and away from the track (covered under the `Sport & Games' section of the 2005 Leisure Collection Policy.) This application form is a rare surviving example of the ephemera produced each year to promote attending and gambling on the Melbourne Cup.
This is also adds to the Museum's small collection of material related to Tattersalls, which has been based in Melbourne since the 1940s.

More Information

  • Collection Names

    Phar Lap Collection

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community, Leisure

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Ms Marie Shannon, 6/10/2007

  • Date of Event


  • Inscriptions

    Text, printed: Pwing to the continued success of our big sweeps on the Melbourne Cup,/the first prize in which for 1935, 1936, and 1937 was 50,000, we are/again promoting a similar Consultation with the same attractive list of/large prizes and a great number of smaller ones./This is the 58th consecutive year in which Tattersall's have successfully conducted their/World-famed sweeps on Australia's greatest horse race - the Melbourne Cup./MELBOURNE CUP/RUN AT FLEMINGTON, VICTORIA, 1st NOVEMBER, 1938.

  • Classification

    Sport, Horse racing, Gambling

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • 2D format

    122 mm (Width), 250 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Gambling, Horse Racing, Making History - Phar Lap