1877 MONKEY FLAT RACECOURSE
Originally built as a horse racing track Monkey Flats 1st Turf Club meeting was held on New Years Eve in 1877.
1938 NORTHERN STAR NEWSPAPER REPORTED
One Killed - Four Injured
Wollongong, Sunday: when a motorcycle crashed into the crowd of spectators during the Grand Prix Speedway meeting at Monkey Flat circuit. One man was killed and four others injured. The victim was James Andrews aged 58 from Wollongong, while others were admitted to hospital. Henry Marlin 20 of Wollongong who suffered concussion was a competitor, and after his machine had apparently become uncontrollable, it shot back across the track and crashed into the crowd.
There was only an inner rail around the track, with no outer rail, the spectators stood behind a roped off area, a common practice used at many speedway events in those early days.
The deceased, James Andrews, was said to be a foreman electrician, He was appointed foreman at the Wollongong Electricity Department in 1927, Andrews was a family man with a wife and children.
Henry Martin, rider of the motorcycle was an oxy welder aged in his mid twenty's, Other casualties were John Sixsmith, a carter from Coniston with a fractured right leg, Arthur Lawrence, Labourer of Coniston, fractured right leg, John Noane 15 years old from Wollongong with abrasions and shock.
Andrews was the first person struck by the machine, suffered severe head injuries and a fractured thigh, He died shortly afterwards, Born in Kadina, SA, he had previously lived in Temora before moving to the Wollongong area, He was leader of the town band and had played a significant part in the celebrations.