Tudor House, a campus of The Kings School, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, has held an annual billy cart derby for almost as long as the school has been running.

Story Ken Eastwood

Once a year, police lurk with a radar gun in the 68-hectare school grounds of Tudor House in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. They’re there for fun, to help clock the speeds of billy carts, many of which have been passed down from generation to generation. 

Head of the 147-student school, Anni Sandwell, says Billy Cart Derby Day is a really popular community event, and for some parents it’s the event that convinces them to send their children to the school. “Some parents from the city who are used to total risk-averse schools and behaviours see this and they say, ‘This is great – this is what we want our kids doing’,” she says. “We’ve got children at the school this year who are here because their parents came to billy cart day last year. They see that Tudor House is very different from inner-city day schools.”

This story excerpt is from Issue #125

Outback Magazine: June/July 2019