History

In 1822, a group of Sydney's leading citizens formed the Agricultural Society of NSW with the aim of "furthering the quality of Australia's primary production by means of contests and competitions". 

 

Eleven officers were elected and the RAS staged its first Show at Parramatta the following year. At the time, Parramatta was the bread bowl of Australia, the agricultural hub of the colony, which was struggling to provide for its population of 30,000, half of them convicts.

 

Despite its initial success the RAS lapsed in 1836 due to the pressure of drought and economic depression, but re-formed in 1857. The RAS’ Shows, known at the time as Exhibitions, were held at Parramatta until 1868 and subsequently moved to Prince Alfred Park.

 

Shows continued at Prince Alfred Park until 1881, when high rent and empty coffers forced the RAS to look for a new venue.The City Council offered 40 acres of unpromising, sandy scrub at Moore Park for an annual rent of £10. With the help of the NSW Government and public subscriptions the Society built a showground, which became home to the Show for the next 115 years. 

 

In the intervening years, the Society had become the Royal Agricultural Society, an honour bestowed by Queen Victoria in 1891. 

 

While the bubonic plague did not stop the Show when it struck Sydney in 1900, the influenza epidemic of 1919 caused chaos. The Show was cancelled and Moore Park buildings were used as a temporary hospital and morgue. During World War II the Sydney Royal Easter Show was cancelled when Moore Park was requisitioned for military use, and some 700,000 troops passed through its grounds. 

 

By the late 1980s the Sydney Royal Easter Show had outgrown its Moore Park facilities. In 1994 the NSW Government approved its relocation to Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush. The first Show was held there in 1998.

 

Today the Show is Australia’s biggest annual event, injecting more than $500m into the NSW economy and attracting close to a million visitors with its entertainment, exhibitions, competitions and vivid depictions of rural life.


RAS News
Premier Melbourne-based coffee company Grinders Coffee has taken out top honours at the Sydney Royal Summer Fine Food – Coffee Competition, with its Grinders Coffee Ethiopian Yirgacheffe winning Champion Espresso.

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27 Feb 2015 
A visit to the Showbag Pavilion is at the top of the to-do list for many Showgoers each year and today’s Showbag Launch gave a lucky few a sneak-peek at what’s in store at the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show).

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27 Feb 2015 
Landmark Sydney bakery Brasserie Bread has taken out top honours at the Sydney Royal Summer Fine Food – Professional Bakery Competition, with its sourdough batard winning both the Champion Bread – Artisan Classes and Champion Organic Bread Award.

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24 Feb 2015 
City and country folk alike are getting ready to put their hats on for Australia’s biggest celebration of the country coming to the city – The Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show).

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19 Feb 2015 
Tathra Oysters from the NSW South Coast has taken out top honours at the Sydney Royal Summer Fine Food – Aquaculture competition for a record 12th year running, winning the coveted Champion Sydney Rock Oyster Exhibit from 34 rock oyster entries.

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19 Feb 2015 
Heidi Farm Raclette of Tasmania has taken out top honours at the 2015 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, winning the coveted Champion Cheese of Show.

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17 Feb 2015 
Yabby Lake Vineyard of the Mornington Peninsula has taken out top honours at the 2015 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show.

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13 Feb 2015 
This Saturday, the newly awarded medal and trophy winning wines from the 2015 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, one of Australia’s premier wine competitions, will be the feature attraction at the Sydney Royal Wine Experience.

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09 Feb 2015 
New England local and aspiring dairy veterinarian, Claire Frizell, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship through the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation.

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09 Feb 2015 
A new initiative to further the education and support of students studying in Vocational Education Training (VET) courses in rural NSW has been introduced by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation.

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06 Feb 2015 
Hats on Sydney, the Sydney Royal Easter Show (the Show) is coming to town!

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05 Feb 2015 
Adelaide local and up-and-coming winemaker, Sam Collins, has been awarded the prestigious 2015 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarship.

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02 Feb 2015 
Rural and regional community groups have just two weeks left to apply to win a kitchen valued at $30,000 through the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation Community Kitchen Grant.

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20 Jan 2015 
The newly awarded medal and trophy winning wines from the 2015 Macquarie Group Sydney Royal Wine Show, Australia’s premier wine competition, will once again be the feature attraction at the Sydney Royal Wine Experience.

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20 Jan 2015 
The Poultry Committee of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is proud to announce that it will be hosting the 2016 Sydney Royal National Poultry Show at the Sydney Showground over the Queen’s Birthday weekend Thursday 9 - Sunday 12 June 2016.

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13 Jan 2015 
Brown Brothers 2013 Cellar Door Release Montepulciano has been named Australia’s best Other Red Varietal by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

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07 Jan 2015 
House of Arras’ 2004 Grand Vintage has been named Tasmania’s best wine by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

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16 Dec 2014 
Are you looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Beat the last minute rush and hop online to purchase a gift voucher to the Sydney Royal Wine Experience.

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15 Dec 2014 
McLeish Estate’s 2007 Semillon has been named the Hunter Valley’s best Semillon by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

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01 Dec 2014 
A kitchen valued at $30,000 courtesy of Masters Home Improvement is on offer to rural and regional NSW communities as part of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation Community Kitchen Grant.

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26 Nov 2014