Next Event Date: 2021
200 years of showing
200 years Ties & Scarfs
Like an ultra sound scan of a baby in the womb, the RAST has unearthed the first recorded heart beats of its own origins in 1821, in a notice contained in the Hobart Town Gazette, and the Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser, requesting permission for a meeting of “Stockholders and Gentlemen connected with the Agricultural Interests”.
“WE, the Undersigned”, it began “Land and Stock Holders, taking into consideration the daily increasing number of persons occupying themselves in Agricultural Pursuits, and the great amount of Capital invested therein, and feeling the Necessity of encouraging by every possible Means those Interests universally admitted to be the great Source of Colonial Prosperity….”.
The notice went on to seek permission from the Lieutenant Governor for a meeting at the Ship Inn in Hobart Town “for the purpose of establishing a Society, on the Principle of those existing in the Mother Country”.
The Society would, according to the Notice, focus on protection of property, prosecution of offenders, remuneration to sufferers, the establishment of a cattle show, the distribution of bounties to deserving servants, and for “the Protection and Encouragement of Agricultural Pursuits in general”.
Two hundred years later, the need to distribute bounties to deserving servants may have faded, but the Show remains at the heart of what it is to be a Tasmanian.
A special Royal Hobart Show is in planning for 2021 – the 200th year of agricultural showing in the State, together with a series of lead up activities to commemorate Australia’s oldest agricultural Show and one of the nation’s oldest institutions, the RAST.
Commemorative whiskies and gins are being considered, together with specially commissioned medallions, ties and scarves. Also under consideration are a number of old competitions related to the very first Hobart shows. These include fodder, straw and hay competitions, and a grains competition.
While planning is still underway, we want to kick off the 200th anniversary year with a special event on the lawns of Parliament House, where the very first Show was held. Keep watching this site for details on upcoming news and events.