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Louth - Cities, Towns and Localities
Part of the Bourke Shire, 132 km north of Cobar, 450 km north west of Dubbo and located on the Darling River, is the small village of Louth. The town came into existence in 1859 when a man named Matthews built a pub to cater for the passing river trade.

Mary Mathews’s Monument:
In Louth you can visit the local cemetery, with the magnificent granite monument erected by the town’s founder in memory of his wife, Mary Mathews, who died at the age of 42 in 1886. On the 19th August, the anniversary of her death, the reflection from the Celtic cross atop her resting place can be seen from where the doorstep of her home once was. Recent scientific analysis with the help of GPS technology has established the accuracy of the surveyors and ships’ captains of the past.

With the sun setting in a slightly different position on the western horizon each day, the cross’s reflection travels a kilometre and back across the village boundary each year. Anyone visiting Louth can observe the spectacular reflection for just three minutes each evening. Pegs have been positioned for most days of the year to make finding the spot easy.

Louth Horse Races:
— 11th August 2007 —
The population is small, just under 50, except when the Louth Turf Club hold their annual race meeting, which is held on the first or second Saturday in August. Although the event is certainly not ‘turfed’, looking more like desert then a manicured Sydney race track, the event is very popular with the local airfield usually hosting anywhere up to fifty aeroplanes and drawing a crowd of around 4,000 people to the village for a great day out.

An ideal opportunity to experience the real ‘Outback’, you can make Louth your base to visit the surrounding region.

Check out our listing of Louth accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Louth Cemetery.
Louth Cemetery
(Trilby Station: Photo by Darren Clarke ฉ 2002)

Louth Races.
Louth Races
(Trilby Station: Photo by Darren Clarke ฉ 2002)

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Source: Trilby Station (L Murray, Trilby Station ฉ 2002)

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Louth Attractions

Louth Horse Races
• Ph: 02 6874 7675 • Contact Ms Annabelle Strachan for further information
• Annual event held on the first or second Saturday of August, capturing the magic of the Outback at one of the friendliest - and most unique - races days in Country NSW.

Racing in Louth, situated on the banks of the Darling River, dates back as far as 1880 when the Louth Christmas Races were held on the 27th December of that year. Featuring a two race program, the two mile open handicap with prize money of 60 sovereigns and a maiden plate over one and a quarter miles with prize money of 15 sovereigns.

The next documented races were in 1889 and were staged over two days with five races and a two mile hurdle event on the first day followed by an eight race program on the following day. The most successful starter was a horse named ‘Winnie’ who was placed first in three races, carrying a weight of ten stone (her opponents were only carrying around eight stone).

These early race meetings may have provided inspiration for Henry Lawson's ‘Louth on the Darling’ in which he described Louth as a place that loved a drink, a punt and a party!

Not a lot has changed for Louth in that respect and they have a reputation for staging a great party - an annual race meeting that keeps the crowds coming back year after year... racegoers love the sheer isolation of Louth, the colourful bush characters and the experience of watching the horses thunder past the winning post in a cloud of dust.
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Louth Events

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Louth Horse Races
• Ph: 02 6874 7675 • Contact Ms Annabelle Strachan for further information
• Held on the Saturday following the first Monday in August - next race is 11 August 2007
• Annual event held on the first or second Saturday of August, which attracts around 4,000 people to the village.
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