Rockhampton Show memories over the centuries

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

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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