Celebrating 200 Years of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

This year marks a significant milestone for the history of agriculture in NSW as the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Showground, Grand Easter Parade 1936 [RAHS Adastra Collection]

Formed on 5 July 1822 as the Agricultural Society of NSW (it was granted the ‘Royal’ prefix in 1891), the Society’s aim was to promote the colony’s agriculture, showcasing best practices and celebrating innovation at its annual show. First held at Parramatta in 1823, the annual show became an opportunity to share ideas, conduct business and recognise excellence through awards and prizes. The Royal Easter Show continues this proud tradition today.

To learn more about the RASNSW and its history, visit the RASNSW Heritage Centre’s Virtual Museum or purchase their commemorative history: Sydney Royal, Celebrating 200 Years of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.

To begin exploring the various agricultural shows held across NSW, visit the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW (AgShows NSW) website.

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS

To commemorate this milestone, the RAHS will be hosting a special online session about the history of NSW country agricultural shows on Saturday 22 October 2022.

We encourage you to submit any family and community stories as well as photographs relating to the history of NSW country agricultural shows to digital@rahs.org.au.

We will share these stories on a dedicated webpage about the history of local country agricultural shows and their cultural and historical importance to our local history.