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Archer* wins the first Melbourne Cup, 1861. Copies are held in the State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia.

The Race That Stops The Nation is a poem about Australia’s fascination with the Melbourne Cup. This has been happening ever since a horse named Archer won the first two races in 1861 and 1862.

Sydney born writer Vivienne McCredie penned her prose in 1986. It is a piece of poetry for all Australians to know about and enjoy. It was read out on an evening radio program in Sydney run by Kel Richards at the time, and later published.

Copies are held in the State Library of NSW and the National Library of Australia.

Since then its title has gradually become part of contemporary Australian colloquialism, in reference to the Melbourne Cup, a horse race always held on the first Tuesday in November at Melbourne in the state of Victoria.

This annual event is part of the VRC Melbourne Cup Carnival and enables the city of Melbourne to endeavour to outperform its east coast rival Sydney, in both the Spring fashionable and thoroughbred stakes. So far it seems to be out in front and staying well.

The Race That Stops a Nation by Vivienne McCredie ...

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*All About Archer