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

Zone d'identification



Forme autorisée du nom

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

Forme(s) parallèle(s) du nom

Autre(s) forme(s) du nom

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


  • Business
  • Community

Zone du contact


Lauren Gobbett



Adresse physique

Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville




South Australia

Nom du pays

Code postal



08 8210 5218


08 8210 5222


Zone de description


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."

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Structure administrative

Gestion des archives courantes et intermédiaires et politiques de collecte



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.

Instruments de recherche, guides et 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.

Zone de l'accès

Heures d'ouverture

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

Conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Open by appointment only, groups welcome.


Zone des services offerts

Services d'aide à la recherche

Services de reproduction

Espaces publics

Zone du contrôle

Identifiant de la description

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées


Niveau de détail

Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

6 May 2019




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Points d'accès

  • Agriculture (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Éducation (Thematic area)
  • Environnement (Thematic area)
  • Family / Domestic Life (Thematic area)
  • Industry, Manufacturing and Commerce (Thematic area)
  • Natural Resources (Thematic area)
  • Loisirs et sports (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Presse-papier

Contact principal

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