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Videos, songs and poems about Australia's Melbourne Cup horse race
 

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Videos   Melbourne Cup 1896 video (aso.gov.au)
Silent video, 1 min. Includes education notes.

BTN: Melbourne Cup (2009) (abc.net.au)
Behind the News story presenting an interview with a Melbourne Cup jockey on preparing a horse for the race.

BTN: Apprentice Jockeys (2008) (abc.net.au)
Behind the News story presenting an interview with an apprentice jockey on preparing a horse for the race.

BTN: Horse Whipping (2009) (abc.net.au)
Behind the News looks at both sides of the issue of whipping race horses.

BTN: Gambling culture (2013) (abc.net.au)
Behind the News story discussing how Australia's gambling culture has spread beyond horse racing to other sports.

Melbourne Cup (Australia Network)
Six-minute online video, with transcript. This video is utilised in a Responsible Gambling activity.

 
Song videos
 
  That Tuesday in November (youtube.com)
Mike Brady sings his song That Tuesday in November which appears to have become the unofficial Melbourne Cup theme song. Begins: "Well we made it through the football..."

Slim Dusty - The Melbourne Cup (youtube.com)
Slim Dusty sings his Melbourne Cup song which begins ,"There's a bustle in the city, there's excitement in the scrubs..." LYRICS link below.

Top 10 Melbourne Cup songs (maitlandmercury.com.au)
These ten song videos are actually just songs about horses.

 
Audio only   Melbourne Cup (greghastings.com)
Listen to the first few lines only (.wav file) of Melbourne Cup by Greg Hastings, beginning "First Tuesday in November..." LYRICS link below.
 
Song lyrics   Melbourne Cup lyrics (greghastings.com)
"First Tuesday in November..." Teachers could use these song lyrics in an activity requiring students to suggest existing music to sing them to, or to create a new song. Or they could be required to suggest an additional verse. LISTEN TO AUDIO (first few lines only) link above.

The Melbourne Cup (Slim Dusty) lyrics (lyricsmode.com)
"There's a bustle in the city..." WATCH VIDEO (takes you to link above).
 
Poems   The Race that Stops the Nation - A Poem for All Australians (thecultureconcept.com)
This poem, The Race that Stops the Nation, was written by Vivienne McCredie in 1986. It is often referred to as "a poem about Australia's fascination with the Melbourne Cup".

A Dream of the Melbourne Cup (poetrylibrary.edu.au)
The poem A Dream of the Melbourne Cup, by A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson, is reproduced here from the book Saltbush Bill, J.P. and Other Verses.
- Another reproduction (middlemiss.org) of the poem is also available.


How the Melbourne Cup Was Won (poetrylibrary.edu.au)
The poem How the Melbourne Cup Was Won was written by Henry Kendall.
- You can also read this poem as published in The Sydney Mail (news.google.com) on 26 November 1881.


The Race that Stuffs the Nation (ABC Radio recording)
Recording of a poem on the Melbourne Cup. This recording is utilised in a Responsible Gambling activity.

 
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