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Journeys : Feb March 2010
WIN $30 vouchers from Fullers Bookshop, Myer and The Body Shop. Find our Prize Pot, hidden in the magazine, write the page number and your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Prize Pot, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271, Hobart 7001. Entries close on 3 March. (Last issue the Prize Pot was on page 46). WIN A Cradle Mountain Chateau getaway -- details on page 46. WIN Tickets to Dracula at The Playhouse, Hobart -- details on page 46. The Wish List The general Terms and Conditions for all competitions conducted by Motor News Journeys are published at www.ract.com.au. Copies can be obtained by calling 13 27 22. Ford 4WD - Deb Cameron Legana Bonnet Island - Deborah Cardiff Travellers Rest Prize Pot - Tammy Lawrence Wynyard Renatta Bryan Kings Meadows Mr and Mrs L. Coombes Lindisfar ne It has always been well worth a detour off the Bass Highway to go into Deloraine. Now the tow n's usual char m is enhanced by a new display outside the Visitor Centre. Late last year an enthusiastic group of locals and mainland visitors gathered in Deloraine to take part in the unveiling of a life-size statue of Malua, a stallion that was bred in Deloraine by John Field at ‘Calstock’ in 1879. Malua became know n as the most versatile race-horse in Australia -- a title that still has not been refuted. His record is outstanding -- Malua won sprints, distance races and steeplechases. He won the 1884 Melbour ne Cup and sired another Melbourne Cup winner, Malvolio, who was first past the post in 1891. Geoff Woods of Deloraine was so inspired by stories of the wonder horse told to him by his grandfather that he has worked for years to research and write the book The Mighty Malua. At the unveiling c er e m o ny, Claudia ‘Peggy’ Dean spoke a little about the Field family and their racing and breeding of wonderful horses and then officially launched Geoff's book. (Peggy w rote the Field family history and her great-great-uncle John Field bred the champion horse.) Speakers included racing industry identities from far and wide. Jim Osborne, a 92-year old icon of the Tasmanian turf, explained Malua's place in the history of the Tasmanian and Australian turf. Mrs J. ‘ Topsy ’ Nevett congratulated Geoff Woods and all the committee on undertaking such a m ammoth work. Fionn Lindsay-Field from Deniliquin also congratulated the team and Peter Flight, a descendant of J.O. Inglis, one of the for mer owners of Malua, gave the official unveiling speech. Finally, many hands joined together to unveil the massive statue. Malua stands in a great spot, clearly visible and sur rounded by a low wall, which will car ry further infor m ation about the horse and its fine record. From inside the Visitor Centre, there is a wonderful view of ‘Calstock’, where Malua was bred. While you're there, don't miss seeing Deloraine’s rem arkable ‘ Ya r n s’ artwork, a record of the region's stories hand-worked in silk tapestry. Peggy Dean Malua stands tall in Deloraine And while you're in the North West ... Motor Millions Expo East Devonport Recreation Centre Saturday 13 February An annual expo of immaculate cars, bikes and boats, with working demonstrations of radio-controlled cars, a fashion parade and activities for kids. Taste the Harvest Devonport foreshore Sunday 7 March A food and wine festival with an agricultural and local produce theme, with great live entertainment. Delight your taste buds with Tasmanian food and wine and enjoy the exhibits, music, fun and competitions. Farm gate bus tours of the North West Coast's most productive agricultural areas are held in the week leading up to the event. Details at www.tastetheharvest.org.au In Tasmania today Geoff Woods and the statue of Malua. His book 'The Mighty Malua' is available in the Deloraine Visitor Centre for $20 or by mail from the author for $22 -- write to Geoff at 4 East Barrack Street, Deloraine 7304 or email email@example.com 49 February / March 10
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