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."
Geografische en culturele context
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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
Stud stock registers
Ribbons, medals and badges
Posters, paintings and photographs.
Toegangen, gidsen en publicaties
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.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9am-5pm.
Raadpleegvoorwaarden en -eisen
Open by appointment only, groups welcome.
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Datering van aanmaak, herziening of verwijdering
6 May 2019
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Adelaide Showground, Goodwood Road, Wayville Adelaide, South Australia 5034