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CELEBRATING 140 YEARS OF THE ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW (EKKA)

Do you have a historic photo of Ekka? To celebrate Ekka's 140th we want to showcase its long and proud history of championing Queensland agriculture by creating a historical photo gallery.

If you don't have a digital image, simply take a photo of the original and submit it below to be featured on this page.

For more information or enquiries please contact: 07 3253 3924. 

Me (toddler), my older sister and Dad going through 'sample bags' and probably about to eat the Tasmanian chips. Mum took the photo. Circa 1972. Stubborn young Hereford being unwillingly lead by his owner My great-aunt "Sprinty" Doris Bloomer, her  nephew John and nieces Margaret  (my mother) and Isobel Bloomer to the Brisbane Exhibition c.1940.  Girls day out Crowds at the 1935 Brisbane Exhibition Brisbane Exhibition Waugh and Josephson 1949.  In the photo is my grandfather, Samuel Paul Scott, who worked for that firm. Champion AIS cattle at RNA, 1938Credit Queensland State Archives At the Ekka with my best friends, Michelle and Nikki Schoorl and Chabbie (my grandma).  Taken 1979 The John McDonald Stand in 1914 overlooking the main arena. Ekka announcer Angus Lane and his wife Vicki in the announcer's box at the show. Taken in 1937 of My Mother Daphne Eugarde aged 16 with her Grandmother Margaret McGee. The Big Chocolate Wheel was a favourite
of Margarets and she rarely walked away empty handed. The Ekka is still a family favourite 6 generations later. Trotting event in the main arena, August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives Grandmother and two Grandsons outside the old show bag pavilion The Brisbane Exhibition 1877 Sideshow Alley at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives. 1978 Best Puppy in Group ~ CH Moondance Tiger Rag owned and shown by Jo-Anne (Quinn) Miller. All dressed up for the EKKA
L to R My Mother Dorothy, My younger sister Jill & me Denis The view of the CBD skyline from the top of the ferris wheel. Probably around 1985 (only guessing). Two girls enjoy early showbags at the Brisbane Exhibition Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives My first Ekka with my mum and grandma.  Taken 1975 1st prize District Exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928. via Queensland State Archives Ekka 1954. Alf Betts competing in the campdraft on Mrs AG Bell's Quest.
Little Lesley (left) and Lindsay Sutton checking out their 'Sample Bags' the day after going to the Ekka. Taken at home in Wooloowin around 1928 Brisbane Exhibition 1955 Bowen Park 1876 Display of Queensland grasses  August 1929 Credit Queensland State Archives A horse team in the main arena in 1925 Ken & Jean Miller with showbags at Brisbane RNA circa 1954 The Governor of Queensland arriving in 1876 The wireking Mother and toddler inspecting a pig in his enclosure, RNA Penny Farthings Brisbane Exhibition 1955 Champion AIS cow with Miss J Griffith, RNA 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Rugged up for Friday pm at the EKKA, near side show ally.  Mum Dad and me Crowds at the 1908 Brisbane Exhibition RNA Entrance Taken Monday, August 15, 1949 Chair lift at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives Alf Betts holding his father R Betts's St Elmo who was champion Blood Stallion at the Ekka - 1948 Champion jersey cow Oxford Carolyn E Burton and Co RNA 1946 Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka Postcard My Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother at the EKKA in 1950 A fruit display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition The Tasmanian Potatoe Pavilion in 1945 Gayndah citrus exhibit c. 1963 Credit Queensland State Archives Richard and June Carey 1956 Dad loved these huge horses and would make a beeline to see them every year. This was circa 1995. The Aeroplane Ride in 1938 This photo is of my sister and I. This picture was taken on a wet Ekka day in the late 50's by the Courier Mail, and was printed on the front page of the paper the following morning. Kalbar junior farmers and their show exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 July 1960 Credit Queensland State Archives Family trip to the Ekka A hot air balloon over the Main Arena Cherril McCabe and her father at the 1954 Brisbane Exhibition, taken just as they left the tunnel Waugh and Josephson display at the 1949 Brisbane Exhibition. The Woodchopping Competition at the 1907 Brisbane Exhibition Grand Parade Aerial view grand parade  c 1958Credit Queensland State Archives Tree felling contest at the Royal National Show c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives A Ferris Wheel in 1918 Sideshow area, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives. Hunter in action at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives Champion Hereford Bull at the Brisbane show, 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA Life Member John Smith and his brother and mother riding the merry-go-round at the 1939 Show. Canning Chance Champion Hereford Cow, RNA 1936 Credit Queensland State Archives Hereford Bulls in grand parade, RNA 1926 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA's Cherril McCabe (baby) and her father and mother at the 1953 Brisbane Exhibition Wool display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928 Credit Queensland State Archives L to R Denis Sneesby, My sisters Beryl & Joan Crowds gathering at an exhibit in 1938 My second year at the Ekka with Mum, Chabbie, Ceccy and my cousin Melinda.  Taken 1976.  The start of my annual love affair with the Ekka. A model house at the very first Brisbane Exhibition in 1876 Darling Downs District exhibit, August 1965 Credit Queensland State Archives I remember well the noise this working machine made on the metal tray - 1941- 1951 Bundaberg district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1984 Credit Queensland State Archives The Women's Industries Display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition Some fine looking fedoras being sported by some of the judges in this photo from 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives The Grand Parade at the 1921 Brisbane Exhibition Old Ekka Showbag Pavillion Brahman Bull at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives
Side Show Alley in the 1940's! 1972 Smarties Sample Bag & a foil pinwheel for my older sisters Enjoying a toffee apple with some friends @ the Ekka 1975 The Central Queensland Smokeless Coal Exhibit in the Minerals Competition in 1900 Champion Ayrshire cow Tillie of Longlands, RNA 1926Credit Queensland State Archives Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit: Queensland State Archives RNA Exhibition, Brisbane 1935 Credit Queensland State Archives