Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Archives and Museum, Adelaide

Identity area



Authorized form of name

Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia Archives and Museum, Adelaide

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name

  • Royal Adelaide Show Museum
  • Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Archives Foundation of SA
  • RA&HS Archives and Museum


  • Business
  • Community

Contact area


Lauren Gobbett



Street address

Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville




South Australia

Country name

Postal code



08 8210 5218


08 8210 5222


Description area


Covering the Society’s 180-year history, the RA&HS Archives and Museum demonstrate just how important agriculture, horticulture and viticulture are to the fabric of South Australia. The Society is the organiser of the State’s largest event, the Royal Adelaide Show, and the archival material includes everything from showbags and souvenirs, to the history of woodcutting, sheaf tossing, livestock, wine, cookery and craft.

In the absence of a Department of Agriculture, the governments of the early colonial days welcomed and supported the Society's activities. They relied on them to:

  • organise trials to test farm machinery
  • stage competitions for pruning in order to cope with the rapid growth of the viticulture industry
  • advise them on essential services such as the opening up of export markets and make provision for quarantine laws
  • provide continuing educational and research facilities in other fields.

In 1870, the Register editorial reported "although formed originally to foster the Agricultural, Pastoral and Horticultural pursuits, the Society has now become a national institution."

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies



The records held date from 1856 to the present and are a valuable collection of South Australian history. Some of the information available includes:

  • Past Royal Show results
  • Correspondence
  • Minute books
  • Office records
  • Annual reports
  • Stud stock registers
  • Press cuttings
  • Catalogues
  • Artefacts, trophies
  • Ribbons, medals and badges
  • Posters, paintings and photographs.

Finding aids, guides and publications

Finding aids currently only available onsite.
'Sharing The Good Earth, 175 Years of Influence and Vision': History of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia written by Rob Linn, 2014.

Access area

Opening times

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-5pm.

Access conditions and requirements

Open by appointment only, groups welcome.


Services area

Research services

Reproduction services

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

6 May 2019




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Education (Thematic area)
  • Environment (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Recreation / Leisure / Sports (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville
Adelaide, South Australia 5034