DAYS GONE BY: The Rockhampton Show Ring back in 1971.
DAYS GONE BY: The Rockhampton Show Ring back in 1971.

Rockhampton Show memories over the centuries

THE Rockhampton Show has been an annual source of excitement and entertainment for the region for more than 140 years.

Now a refined and polished event boasting rides, exhibitions, craft, livestock, wood-chopping, and a range of food; today's show has evolved from its beginnings in 1874.

Over the decades, some interesting memories have been forged from the showgrounds.

Here are some of the highlights:

1874: The first association show was held near where the Gracemere Shopping World stands today

1920: Passengers travelling from Brisbane for the show were treated to cheap railway tickets

1927: Nurmi, the Giant Trotting Ostrich was available for visits

1935: Giantess Jolly Neille from America was featured in the show

1937: The show exhibited a giant pig and giant St Bernard

1956: More than 700 animals were entered in the Fat Cattle Section

1982: Globe of Death was performed by stun riders Jim and Roberto Costanos

2008: Rockhampton Show had its largest turnout in 15 years with 20,218 people attending



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