National Heritage Assessment
Australian Heritage Council
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons
About this assessment
The Australian Heritage Council found Flemington Racecourse of outstanding significance in the cultural history of Australia. Flemington is one of Australia’s premier racecourses with one of the finest racing surfaces in the world. It is important as the site of the continuous running of the Melbourne Cup from its inception in 1861 to the present day. The Melbourne Cup has a special association with Australians. As "the race that stops the nation", it captures the imagination of the country and on the first Tuesday of each November famously brings it to a standstill as few other days in the calendar can. The Cup has been a stimulus for the arts, including literature, painting, drama and ballet. As a spectator sport, racing has one of the highest participation rates in Australia, and the Melbourne Cup and the cult of the turf have become part of the national psyche.
The Council's final assessment report as given to the Minister is attached.
In some cases the Minister will have made amendments to such matters as boundaries, values and descriptions, before listing the place. For final listing data visit the Australian Heritage Database or the National Heritage Listing for Flemington Racecourse .
The names of individual assessors and nominators have been removed for privacy reasons.