Convincing Ground

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A convincing ground was the name or journalistic euphemism for a place where sports were contested, having limited currency in the nineteenth century, predominantly in Australia and New Zealand.

It has been used to describe a boxing arena in Australia,[1] a social sports ground in 1891,[2] a cricket ground in New Zealand in 1862[3] and a trotting track in New Zealand in 1904.[4]

Two placenames in Australia retain the name; Convincing Ground Road at Karangi, New South Wales and the Convincing Ground, a flat coastal area at Allestree near Portland, Victoria where a massacre of Aboriginal (Gunditjmara) people by whalers is thought to have occurred in 1833 or 1834.

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  1. ^ Coffs Harbour Library, Local Place Names, retrieved 2010-01-03 
  2. ^ Ipswich City, Eight-Hour Demonstration, retrieved 2010-01-03 
  3. ^ National Library, Wellington versus Auckland, retrieved 2010-01-03 
  4. ^ Addington Racecourse, Timeline 1904, retrieved 2010-01-03