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Mr Bill Weiley (MLA – Member Legislative Assembly) and former mayor of Grafton, sitting by the microphone at the 2NR broadcasting station, wearing his classic dress suit, white shirt, black bowtie and collar whilst on air. Image: Chloe Dowsett.

From Schaeffer House

Mr Bill Weiley (MLA - Member Legislative Assembly) and former mayor of Grafton, sitting by the microphone at the 2NR broadcasting station, wearing his classic dress suit, white shirt, black bowtie and collar whilst on air.  Image:  Chloe Dowsett.
Mr Bill Weiley (MLA – Member Legislative Assembly) and former mayor of Grafton, sitting by the microphone at the 2NR broadcasting station, wearing his classic dress suit, white shirt, black bowtie and collar whilst on air.
Image:
Chloe Dowsett.

There are currently two displays on at Schaeffer House during the month of July. One is the history of the July Racing Carnival, from 1859 to the formation of the CRJC in 1910 to present.

This exhibition will be on display at Schaeffer House from Wednesday 13 July – Tuesday 26 July. Featured in the exhibition are Cups trophies dating all the way back to 1880, photos of past winning horses, display of horse shoes, spurs and stirrups dating back to 1881, the winning horse rug for the Jockey who won the Ramornie 2007/2008, past fashion clothing pieces, bookie sign, tote and stand, bookmaker and bag, past race books, CRJC books back to 1906, G. Perring Jockey pad and photo of ‘Bonnie Blink’, write up of past committee and photos, history of past country race tracks, CRJC members badges from 1923 plus loads more.
The second is the opening of 2NR (ABC) on 17 July 1936 in the old AMP building in Prince Street Grafton. Mr Bill Weiley was an early commentator of News and Sporting Events for some years at the station. He always wore a dress suit, white shirt, black bowtie and collar when broadcasting. The first item to be broadcast was the running of the Grafton Cup. Mr W R Winwood Smith was the first manager of the ABC radio station (2NR).

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