by Grant Morgan
Today marks an important milestone for the Carbine Club of Queensland with the admission of its first female member in well-known Brisbane racing administrator Mary Collier.
I was very pleased to nominate Mary as a member, with the nomination seconded by Gold Coast Turf Club Chairman Brett Cook.
Mary Collier is one of the most decorated and knowledgeable female racing administrators in Australia, having been a past Chairman of the Brisbane Turf Club (Doomben), past President of the Queensland Jockeys Association and more recently the Executive General Manager, Racing Queensland.
I’ve been fortunate to be a member of the Carbine Club of Queensland for more than 10 years now and have met some wonderful people in Australia and around the world via my membership.
The Carbine Club was first formed in Melbourne 1961, with sister clubs formed in New Zealand (1971), New South Wales (1977), Queensland (1981), Tasmania (1982), South Australia (1983), Western Australia (1988), Australian Capital Territory (1989), Papua New Guinea (1990), Hong Kong (1991), South Africa (1996), London (1997), Dubai (2002), Singapore (2010) and Vanautu (2012).
The club is named after the amazing thoroughbred Carbine, the winner of 33 races including the 1890 Melbourne Cup. In doing so he set a weight carrying record carrying the equivalent of 66kg, carrying some 24kg more than his nearest rival in record time by more than 21 lengths.
The Carbine Club is formed on the basis of fellowship and support of junior sport in various fields through annual fund-raising activities highlighted by the popular Carbine Club lunches which are stages throughout the world. The Carbine Club has strong roots in Thoroughbred Racing, Rugby League, Cricket, AFL and Surf Lifesaving.