Monday, 10 April 2017

1965: The Royal Easter Show Official Opening + additional find from the 1992 show

On Saturday, the Royal Easter Show was officially opened by the Governor General of Australia - Sir Peter Cosgrove and is the pinnacle event of the show when the best of Australian agriculture is put on show with those assembled in the Main Arena treated to a spectacular procession. The Grand Parade has been held annually since 1907. In 1965, the Duke of Gloucester was on hand to officially open the show, making him the first member of the Royal Family to open a show since 1824. Here is a report from the April 15, 1965 edition The Daily Telegraph of the Official Opening. We are also treated a picture of the formations from the parade, one tradition that still holds to this very day.

  Royal Easter Show April 15 1965 daily telegraph 3

I hope you enjoyed last weeks insights into the 1992 Royal Easter Show, but I felt this article should also be shared from 1992. The recession was still biting hard on peoples pockets. It was being reported that more people were passing through the gates, but spent less once inside the gates.

  Royal Easter Show April 12 1992 daily telegraph 7

Source: Thorpe, D. 1992. "It's Showtime". The Sunday Telegraph, April 12, 7. 

But on a positive, people did their homework before buying their show bags. A very handy tip if you want to get bags with good stuff at a good price!!!