Can you think of something that is two-hundred years old?
I certainly couldn’t until I found out that ‘The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’ will celebrate there Bi-Centenary Anniversary.
The Agricultural society of NSW was formed in 1822 with the first show starting 1823 in Parramatta. The first show included awards for Sheep, Cattle, Horses and Servants. It’s important to note that the servant competition was discontinued. Over the years they started to included the Wine industry, Dairy products and School competitions.
The Show moved locations however, it wasn’t to Sydney Olympic Park like you would expect. It was held at Moore Park from 1882 to 1998! During this time Queen Victoria granted permission for The Agricultural Society to include ‘Royal’ at the beginning of the societies name.
More competitions were added during this time, including, District Exhibitions (1900), Australian Inventions (1903), Wheat (1916), Junior Judges (1920), Rodeo (1931) and the Showgirls (1961).
in 1919 The Sydney Royal Easter Show was canceled due to the Spanish flu similarly to 2020 for COVID-19. It was also cancelled between 1942-1936 due to WWII.
If you want to find out more head down to the Heritage Pavilion here at The Sydney Royal Easter Show or on there website.