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Saving Yesterday For Tomorrow
  1. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Following the link given above, I eventually reached item 3026 in the database, which tells a story about the Beatrice mine. In part it says:

    Racehorses followed and soon Wong was a member of the newly formed Perak Turf Club (1926) and the proud owner of four racehorses. Of these four, only one name has been recorded for posterity – ‘Soldier Boy’ – which won four consecutive races, quite a feat all those years ago. […] At the time, the first Chairman of the Club was F Douglas Osbourne, also a prominent name in tin mining circles.

    F. D. Osborne could not have been chairman of the Perak Turf Club in 1926 for the simple reason that he was already three years dead at the time. It was J. C. Osborne who led the Turf Club.

    And Wong Jee Seong owned more than four horses. Here are some names: Fairway, Very Naughty, Striking, Hambone, Lady Wire. Record them for posterity!

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      And J. C. Osborne was not particularly prominent in mining circles; he was a rubber planter.

      Plus as I explained elsewhere, the Perak Turf Club did not exist in 1926; it was officially founded in January, 1927.

    • Ipoh Remembered says:

      I notice that the Asian Racing Federation, on its web-site, identifies the right Osborne:

      The first Chairman of the Perak Turf Club was J C Osborne

      Which is nice — except that two paragraphs later in the same document:

      F. Douglas Osborne was first Chairman of the Perak Turf Club

      Very silly.

      Plus they don’t have the correct date of formation, either.

      • ika says:

        Yes very silly, but understandable in some ways due to the similarity of names. Strangely enough I got our database entry direct from the then Chairman of the Turf Club!

        As usual we are grateful for your advice and will make necessary changes.

        By the way we are looking forward to your articles as it is a while since we have had the pleasure of some external input. A new writer always adds a freshness to our life.

  2. Ipoh Remembered says:

    Dear ika … If you do edit the PTC-related entries in the database, I suppose it might help to refer to “J. C. Osborne” as “John Charles Osborne” — for that was his name.

    Here are some other details, recalled imprecisely and more or less at random.

    John Charles Osborne arrived in Malaya from Ireland. He met and married an Australian girl named Jeanne. He was a corporal in the Wireless Corps during the Kaiser’s war — which ordeal he survived, returning to Perak and to Jeanne.

    In 1923 he became manager of the Gunung Pari Rubber Estate near Chemor, a position he held until 1930.

    An accomplished rider who owned a string of horses, in June, 1926 Osborne was elected president of the Ipoh Gymkhana Club. When the Club formally became the Perak Turf Club in January, 1927, he became its first president.

    In 1930, enticed by sport, he became steward of the Straits Racing Association — a move which required him to quit his job as estate manager, sell his horses, and move to Singapore. By this time, however, he was chairman of Nalla Estates, based in Ipoh, and so the requisite visits “home” were a welcome opportunity to enjoy the Turf Club’s new grandstand and other facilities.

    In 1937, Osborne retired from planting altogether, quit the job in Singapore, and, with Jeanne, moved back to Ireland, where he became handicapper to the Irish Turf Club in Dublin.

    • ika says:

      Ipoh Remembered. Thanks fir the detail on J C Osborne, it is very useful and Felicia is busy adding it into our database right now. While I was looking for him on Google I also came across an article from Malaya Tribune the recorder that his wife was one of two ladies (the other being Mrs Brash) who were the first females allowed to become members of the Ipoh Gymkhana Club in July 1925. That must have rocked the very foundations of Ipoh’s male fraternity!

      • Ipoh Remembered says:

        I also came across an article from Malaya Tribune the recorder that his wife was one of two ladies (the other being Mrs Brash) who were the first females allowed to become members of the Ipoh Gymkhana Club in July 1925.

        Dear ika, that’s true, but it may be a bit misleading in the sense that women — F. D. Osborne’s wife, Connie, for example — had been owners since the days of racing in Batu Gajah.

        In any event, Catherine Brash and Jeanne Osborne were not women to whom one said “No” lightly. And to be fair, they had a good eye for horseflesh: once when Jeanne was traveling alone on holiday, visiting her family in the old country, she received a cable from a club in Penang asking her to select, purchase, and return with a number of horses — which she did.

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