From the archives
Normally, Melbourne would be preparing for the Royal Melbourne Show at this time of year, but it’s cancelled in 2020 (of course). It’s a great family day filled with the pungent smell of doughnuts, hotdogs and other takeaway food. The rides and merry-go-rounds cater for the young and old. The show bags – filled with commercial samples, comics, lollies and such, are usually something to be collected in number (according to how deep one’s purse) and carried home to be treasured and played with for days after the visit by the young at heart.
When we were young, it was always a treat to sample the chocolates, liquorice and boiled sweets and toffees as we usually only ate healthy home-grown food.
Back in the early days of my photography hobby in 2012, I took the afternoon to wander around and look at some of the exhibits – after all, I’m still a child at heart.
I unashamedly have copied these details from Wikipedia……
The Royal Melbourne Show is an agricultural show held at Melbourne Showgrounds every September. It is organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and has been running since 1848. Each year Royal Melbourne Show attracts attendances of up to half a million people.
The traditional purpose is the display of rural industry, including livestock and produce with its associated competitions and awards however, the show also features amusement rides and a sideshow alley, as well as the peculiarly Australian tradition of ‘Showbags‘, carry bags containing samples of goodies produced by various commercial enterprises.
A prominent feature during showtime is the many rides including a permanent wooden Mad Mouse roller coaster which resided at the grounds until 2001, owned by Wittingslow Amusements. A permanent chairlift also resided on site until 2005. The site has its own railway station, used during special events located on the Flemington Racecourse line. The Thursday of the show was once observed as the Show Day public holiday in Melbourne; this holiday was abandoned in 1994.
While the Royal Show is the main show in Victoria, many cities and towns in regional Victoria host smaller shows, such as the Royal Geelong Show, Bendigo Show, Ballarat Show, Warragul Show, Whittlesea Show and the Shepparton Show.
There was no show in 1915, 1940 to 1945 nor 2020 (of course).
You can read more about the competitions and other details here. Its permanent location is actually within walking distance of where I currently live but over the other side of the river. It would be a rather circuitous route via car or taxi as there’s no road crossing the river in this immediate area.
So here’s a few random photos from the baby animal area and some of the craft exhibitions.
I took many more photos at the showgrounds that year, but they disappeared in last year’s laptop crash and attempted photo library transfer to the new desktop.