Photographs, Riding the Bounds

Production date
Circa 1993
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Production date
Circa 1993
Eight laminated photographs showing winning riders and groups. Printed and laminated text accompanying the photographs reads "RIDING THE BOUNDS/ PRIZE WINNERS IN ACTION/ Mayor's Choice/ Best Presented Group/ Best Horse Drawn Vehicle/ Hotspur Prize for Best Individual Rider". Some of the photographs show the then City of Berwick Mayor, Cr Norma McCausland, dressed in a Prussian blue mayoral robe.

The Riding of the Bounds was an annual event that took place in the City of Casey between 1994 and 2015. It linked back to a centuries-old tradition in sister city Berwick upon Tweed, Northumbria, England. Riders followed a route through local streets and participate in ceremonies along Casey's border with the Shire of Cardinia. The Mayor would wave off riders from the local showgrounds with instructions to inspect the boundary with the neighbouring municipality. Once the ride was complete, the Marshall would report back to the Mayor that the boundaries were secure, and this would herald the commencement of the presentation ceremony. This re-enactment of the Berwick-Upon-Tweed Riding of the Bounds was filled with pomp and ceremony and many of the riders took the opportunity to dress in period costume in recognition of the history of this event.

While the ride still takes place annually in Berwick-upon-Tweed, the City of Casey event was discontinued after 2015 due to dwindling numbers.
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Associated event
Media/Materials description
colour photographs and printed text, laminated
63.5 x 51.0 cm (sheet), 66.0 x 52.9 cm (laminate)
Signature & date
No marks or inscriptions
Photography credit (first image)
Photograph: Viki Petherbridge
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