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