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    A look back in time: Centennial Park Regulations 1889

Government Gazette

The Centennial Parklands archives contain a range of records, images, documents and other historic paraphernalia – much of administrative documentation, but some of it quite insightful and – to our 21st century minds – quite amusing. We thought we’d share one document that is both administrative and amusing – a copy of the original Park Regulations from 1889!

Keep in mind that these were written in 1889, so the times were slightly different back then…or were they?

The original Centennial Park Regulations

On 23 August 1889, the draft Centennial Park Regulations submitted by Sir Henry Parkes to the Colonial Secretary of New South Wales was approved (or ‘gazetted’ to use a Government term). The Regulations outlined what was (and wasn’t) acceptable in the newly created Centennial Park. It’s a fascinating snapshot of behavioural standards of the day!

We’ve broken down the Government Gazette document into sections for ease of reading.

Regulations (segment 1)

Regulations (segment 1)

Regulations (segment 2)

Regulations (segment 2)

Hmmm…I wonder if any dedicated historian out there can explain to us why goats may have been singled out as an ‘enemy of the State’?

As for: “No person shall engage in any game, or train for any race…”, let’s just give thanks that our priorities have moved on and the Parklands is a place we can indeed come to play, train and exercise!


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