C1881

The late Mr. A. H. Gardener.

Rare engraved portrait of Alfred Henry Gardener (1831-1881), greyhound owner. Gardener devoted his life to breeding and racing greyhounds. Before his majority he had won several private matches with rejects from Lord Stradbroke’s kennel. In 1871 he returned to England … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

The late Mr. A. H. Gardener.

Date:

C1881

Artist:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Engraving.

Image Size: 

140mm 
x 188mm
AUTHENTICITY
The late Mr. A. H. Gardener. - Antique Print from 1881

Genuine antique
dated:

1881

Description:

Rare engraved portrait of Alfred Henry Gardener (1831-1881), greyhound owner.

Gardener devoted his life to breeding and racing greyhounds. Before his majority he had won several private matches with rejects from Lord Stradbroke’s kennel. In 1871 he returned to England and had two successful seasons. Hearing that coursing had been legally recognized in 1873 in Victoria, he thought he might profitably introduce the sport to New South Wales. In 1874 he returned to Sydney with eleven valuable greyhounds and at a meeting at the Royal Hotel inaugurated, with Sir Hercules Robinson as patron, the New South Wales Coursing Club of which he was the first honorary secretary and a lifetime committee member. The first public coursing meeting was held at Bathurst on 8 May 1876 and the first in Sydney in June 1879. By the end of the 1878 season Gardener had given up coursing on his own account and trained for James Weir and George Hill junior of Surry Hills. His most notable season in New South Wales was in 1880 when, after reverses in Melbourne, he beat the Victorian dogs sent to Sydney to challenge his Hopmarket. He imported another three greyhounds from England and by 1881 had profitably put to stud all his imported dogs, whose offspring were already earning valuable stakes throughout the colony. He died aged 50 at Surry Hills on 28 February 1881 .

From the original edition of the Town and Country Journal.

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