History

Who’s called Victoria Park home?

Back in 1908, when horse and carriages still traversed city streets, Victoria Park featured on the social agenda as a racetrack. Believed to be named after Victoria Park in London, the track was formed after the original Waterloo swamp was drained.

Victoria Park Racecourse was a racecourse in Zetland, an inner-city suburb, south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It was bordered by O’Dea Avenue, South Dowling Street, Epsom Road and Joynton Avenue.

The racecourse was privately owned and developed by Sir James John Joynton Smith (1858–1943), a hotelier, racecourse and newspaper owner. It was said at the time to be the grandest and finest of the pony horseracing courses in Sydney.

The racecourse is also remembered in Tote Park, a small park on the site.

After World War II, the racecourse closed and was bought by the British Motor Corporation for a car plant.

In 1975, Leyland Australia closed the car plant and the site was acquired by the Commonwealth of Australia for a Naval Stores depot which operated until the mid 1990s.