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
The far western NSW town of Bourke will soon be showing off their culinary skills thanks to $20,000 worth of kitchen appliances from Euromaid and a $5,000 cash grant from the RAS Foundation to build kitchen benches and cabinetry.

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28 Mar 2016 
Four inspiring young rural leaders will see projects in their local community come to fruition after sharing in $85,000 thanks to the RAS Foundation Community Futures Grants Program.

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20 Mar 2016 
Hannah Southcott from Comboyne on the NSW Mid North Coast has won the 2016 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation JB Fairfax Award for Rural Journalism.

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20 Mar 2016 
From the delicious to the delightful, sour to strange, showbags create a world of wonder for children and adults alike.

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24 Feb 2016 
The search for the best in Australian fine food concluded last week after ten days of judging record amounts of coffee, bakery and aquaculture delicacies at the 2016 Sydney Royal Summer Fine Food Show at Sydney Showground.

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24 Feb 2016 
Currently in her final year of study, Emma Lee of Cobargo has been awarded the 2016 Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation.

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17 Feb 2016 
Show them amazing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! From today, Showgoers can visit eastershow.com.au to access great discounts on all tickets, which can be used on any day of the Easter Show and include same-day return public transport.

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04 Feb 2016 
The Australian Liberal Party weren’t alone in unveiling a new Leader last week, as Sydney Royal held its own style of ‘spill’, appointing Australia’s newest beer and cider Champions on Friday night at Sydney Showground.

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21 Sep 2015 
The search for the best in Australian fine food concluded this week after two weeks of judging the finest delicacies on offer at the 2015 Sydney Royal Spring Fine Food Show at Sydney Showground.

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11 Sep 2015 
Queensland company Pacific Reef Fisheries has beaten some of Australia’s most famous fine food and wine producers to be named the best of the best in 2015 by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS).

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23 Jul 2015 
Entries are now open for the 2015 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show, a hotly anticipated competition following the record-number of entries received and accolades awarded last year.

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10 Jun 2015 

  • Sydney Royal Easter Show tickets now on sale

    4/02/2016
    Show them amazing at the Sydney Royal Easter Show! From today, Showgoers can visit eastershow.com.au to access great discounts on all tickets, which can be used on any day of the Easter Show and include same-day return public transport.
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