Timeline

1966 -   Applause Record

A dancer in Graeme Bell and His All Stars, who was known on the nightclub scene as "Big Pretzel", lost her brassiere climbing the Showboat ladder. There was a roar of appreciation from the crowd and horrified gasps from the more staid RAS Councillors.

1964 -   Space Age  Comes to the Show

The Rocket Man, his belt charged with hydrogen peroxide, began a soaring flight across the Showground and delivered a letter to the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies.

 

 

 

1957 -   Migrant Display

Newspapers described the display as featuring "laces and embroideries of women migrants from central Europe, wood and beaten metal jewellery by migrants from Greece, toys made by Czechoslovak women".

1956 -   Men Get Crafty

Men were entering embroidery, cookery, leatherwork and tapestry competitions. Much of the work was by Returned Servicemen who learnt crafts in convalescent hospitals during and after the Second World War.

1952 -   Wild Steer

An escaped steer dashed into the RAS President's room, scattering tables and chairs. The incident was cheered by crowds in the ringside stands.

1947 -   Record Attendance of 1,232,413

The Show returned in the aftermath or World War II, and set an attendance record. At the time, Sydney's total population was only 1,549,590.

1938 -   Magic Million

The attendance figure at the Royal Easter Show broke the one million mark.

1937 -   The Freak Show Continues

Newspapers advertised sideshow attractions including the giantess, Princess Pontus who stood 8ft 2in and New Zealander "Bonny Peter Fat Boy" who at 15 years old, was 6ft 2in and weighed 40 stone. Animals included the "Smallest Racehorse" from South America, just 23.5in high and the 4ft-high pig from England, Dinny.


RAS News
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