Victorian race club puts the call out for help to flesh out history

IN the lead up to the club’s 160th anniversary next year, the Apsley Racing Club is hoping to contact descendants of Mrs Florence Elizabeth Caroline Williams to help recount some of the club’s rich history.

Turning 160 in June, 2015, and said to be the oldest race club in country Victoria, the Apsley Racing Club believes Mrs Williams passed away on September 13, 1959, and may have been in possession of a cup that bears the inscription ‘Steward’s Cup‘, which was won by the Brewer family’s horse Queen Mab in 1859.

Apsley Racing Club’s Geoff Langsworth, who lives in Edenhope, situated in the West Wimmera of country Victoria, said while researching the club’s history for the upcoming 160th anniversary celebrations, the club stumbled upon information about the Steward’s Cup in an article published in Orange in 1914.

“I located an article on ‘trove’ which appeared in the Leader, Orange NSW, dated February 4, 1914,” Langsworth explains.

“The article mentions a Mrs Williams who was in the possession of a massive silver cup, which was won by Mr J Brewer ... the Mrs Brewer mentioned in the article turns out to be Florence Elizabeth Caroline Williams.”

Langsworth is hoping there are still some descendants of the Williams’ family living in Orange who may be able to help the club in recounting its history.

“George Llewellyn Williams was the husband of Florence, George and Florence appear to have lived in Orange for many years and raised a family there,” he said.

If anyone has any information that may help the Apsley Racing Club they can contact the Central Western Daily.

nick.mcgrath@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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