[Episode 8 | 1938 : Colum]
Colum and Thommo are collecting bets from their neighbours on horses in the 1938 Melbourne Cup. They present these bets to Mr O'Sullivan, the local shopkeeper. Colum and Thommo hope to win big in order to save Thommo's family from eviction.
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The Melbourne Cup is steeped in history and has been an important part of the Australian horseracing since the late 1800s. The Melbourne Cup began in 1861, when the Victorian Turf Club wanted to put on a 'good handicap' race to rival that of the Victorian Jockey Club. That good handicap race ended up becoming one of the greatest handicap 3200-metre races in the world. The race 'stops a nation' and is generally celebrated with a public holiday in Victoria.
Colum and his friend collect bets from the neighbourhood on the Melbourne Cup and give them to the local store owner. This type of betting was illegal at the time, as it is today, and the boys ran the risk of being caught and prosecuted by the police.