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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. 

Palmwoods and district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1964 Credit Queensland State Archives The Woodchopping Competition at the 1907 Brisbane Exhibition The view of the CBD skyline from the top of the ferris wheel. Probably around 1985 (only guessing). Family trip to the Ekka RNA Exhibition, Brisbane 1935 Credit Queensland State Archives Mackay Sugar Experimental Station, Veterinary and Bacteriological Ensilage, and Insect Life History Exhibits 1912 Champion jersey cow Oxford Carolyn E Burton and Co RNA 1946 Credit Queensland State Archives Brahman Bull at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives
Chair lift at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 The Women's Industries Display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team The John McDonald Stand in 1914 overlooking the main arena. Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holdren Precision Team Champion Hereford Bull at the Brisbane show, 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives This photo was taken around sideshow alley where all the photographers used to be. Probably around 1956-57. Mum, Dad my sister and I (I am being carried). Happy Days. Sideshow area, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives. Grandmother and two Grandsons outside the old show bag pavilion My Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother at the EKKA in 1950 Grand Parade Felicity Meyers and David Graff, both of Brisbane with two young children from the Tufnell Home Children's Orphanage, Buckland Road, Nundah. 1954 The Grand Parade at the 1921 Brisbane Exhibition Beth Greenhalgh & Don Hume - My grandparents before they were married. Sideshow Alley at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives. Sideshow Alley ride at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives My Mum (Bev) aged 3-4yo with my Grandparents (Ray & Lillian Smith) in 1939-1940 RNA - check out the Fashion. Aerial view grand parade  c 1958Credit Queensland State Archives 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 Some fine looking fedoras being sported by some of the judges in this photo from 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Two girls enjoy early showbags at the Brisbane Exhibition Enjoying a toffee apple with some friends @ the Ekka 1975 Merry Go Round ride at Sideshow Alley, 1989 I remember well the noise this working machine made on the metal tray - 1941- 1951 The Aeroplane Ride in 1938 A hot air balloon over the Main Arena Mother and toddler inspecting a pig in his enclosure, RNA All dressed up for the EKKA
L to R My Mother Dorothy, My younger sister Jill & me Denis Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Brisbane Showgrounds 1906, 40,000 people Hunter in action at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives I remember this day at the ekka with my twin brother. I will never forget that dress and coming home with a armfull of show bags Trying to win a prize in Sideshow Alley, 1982 Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives Carmel Worsnop (nee Smith) age 3 yrs, happily views the EKKA from the shoulders of her dad, Len Smith of Morningside, who is now "hands free". Photo appeared on front page of the Courier Mail and started a bit of a fashion for young children. 1941. Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit: Queensland State Archives Ekka Postcard Ekka announcer Angus Lane and his wife Vicki in the announcer's box at the show. 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. Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Girls day out Eric Schafferius  gives Wharton Creek Gem a beer, 1973 Taken Monday, August 15, 1949 The Brisbane Exhibition 1877 Champion AIS cattle at RNA, 1938Credit Queensland State Archives this photo of Sue at 2.5 years of age is an image that epitomises EKKA - so much fun you will be so tuckered out you will need a good lie down - the Brisbane Telegraph news photographer caught that image. Darling Downs District exhibit, August 1965 Credit Queensland State Archives First ride at the Ekka with Mum in 1989. My silhouette in 1979-1981.  Something every person had done at least once. Crowds at the 1935 Brisbane Exhibition Sir John and Lady Goodwin with Mr P Reynolds Champion Hereford Cow Hobartville Lady Minerva, RNA 1930 Credit Queensland State Archives Mum (Bev Smith) and Aunty Nola (Nola) at RNA in 1939-1940.  1973 Bill Squire takes Wharton Creek Gem to the birdcage bar for a drink District Exhibits Second Place  - Wide Bay and Burnett 1907 A horse team in the main arena in 1925 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 1978 Best Puppy in Group ~ CH Moondance Tiger Rag owned and shown by Jo-Anne (Quinn) Miller. Cold Storage ( Citrus) Fruits, Wool and Cotton Exhibits. 1912 Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Cherril McCabe and her father at the 1954 Brisbane Exhibition, taken just as they left the tunnel 1972 Smarties Sample Bag & a foil pinwheel for my older sisters R.N.A President ( Mr G E Green ) presents "Queensland Country Life" trophy to Mr E B Howard, manager, Alcorn Estate, Maleny.
22-8-56 for the pasture competition in non-irrigated sown pastures in areas with an annual rainfall of 45 inches and over. Hereford Bulls in grand parade, RNA 1926 Credit Queensland State Archives The Central Queensland Smokeless Coal Exhibit in the Minerals Competition in 1900 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. Rugged up for Friday pm at the EKKA, near side show ally.  Mum Dad and me New Grand Stand Opening Day, Bowen Park, Brisbane, 14th August 1907 Fun ride with Mum 1990 1909 Jubilee Medals Council of the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland 1906 Riding high atop the horse drawn Carlton Pride Wagon in the Grand Parade 1990's. Dad loved these huge horses and would make a beeline to see them every year. This was circa 1995. Displaying our show bags on the front lawn at Chelsea Avenue, Gold Coast. Early 1960's Side Show Alley in the 1940's! The Governor of Queensland arriving in 1876 Bowen Park 1876 Ekka 1954. Alf Betts competing in the campdraft on Mrs AG Bell's Quest.
Night out with Dad in 1975 complete with Gold Fish won at the Japanese Pearl Exhibit. Crowds at the 1908 Brisbane Exhibition An aerial photo of the Brisbane Showgrounds in 1952 for the Brisbane Exhibition Tree felling contest at the Royal National Show c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives My Dad was a champion at winning prizes on the Climbing Monkeys at the Ekka, he even made the newspaper (Telegraph I think) RNA Life Member John Smith and his brother and mother riding the merry-go-round at the 1939 Show. Ekka Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Sideshow Alley at the Ekka , Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives Sir John and Lady Goodwin and Mr E Bayness watching parade of Herefords, RNA 1930 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Precision driving display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives A fruit display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Brisbane Exhibition Waugh and Josephson 1949.  In the photo is my grandfather, Samuel Paul Scott, who worked for that firm. My great-aunt "Sprinty" Doris Bloomer, her  nephew John and nieces Margaret  (my mother) and Isobel Bloomer to the Brisbane Exhibition c.1940.  A Ferris Wheel in 1918 Trotting event in the main arena, August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives 1st prize District Exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928. via Queensland State Archives 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. My first Ekka with my mum and grandma.  Taken 1975 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Brisbane Exhibition 1955 He saw me. The Original Precision Driving Demonstration created by Lloyd Robertson at the Ekka Bundaberg district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1984 Credit Queensland State Archives A model house at the very first Brisbane Exhibition in 1876 Kalbar junior farmers and their show exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 July 1960 Credit Queensland State Archives Riding the merry-go-round with Dad in 1982. The Tasmanian Potatoe Pavilion in 1945 Wool display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928 Credit Queensland State Archives Stock Experiment Station Exhibit 1912 Gayndah citrus exhibit c. 1963 Credit Queensland State Archives Richard and June Carey 1956 Crowds gathering at an exhibit in 1938 Ekka 1988, handler won Grand Champion Junior Parader 2003 Old Ekka Showbag Pavillion The Ekka (spelt by the taker as Ecca) 1949. My grandparents, aunty and great aunty and uncle. The baby is my cousin Suzanne. L to R Denis Sneesby, My sisters Beryl & Joan Ken & Jean Miller with showbags at Brisbane RNA circa 1954 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. RNA Entrance At the Ekka with my best friends, Michelle and Nikki Schoorl and Chabbie (my grandma).  Taken 1979 Champion Ayrshire cow Tillie of Longlands, RNA 1926Credit Queensland State Archives RNA's Cherril McCabe (baby) and her father and mother at the 1953 Brisbane Exhibition Display of Queensland grasses  August 1929 Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Exhibition Building Souvenir Handkerchief 1891 The wireking District Exhibits 1907. First Place - Moreton Waugh and Josephson display at the 1949 Brisbane Exhibition. Canning Chance Champion Hereford Cow, RNA 1936 Credit Queensland State Archives Excited to have won a prize in sideshow alley 1990. Alf Betts holding his father R Betts's St Elmo who was champion Blood Stallion at the Ekka - 1948 Brisbane Exhibition 1955 Stubborn young Hereford being unwillingly lead by his owner Penny Farthings Champion AIS cow with Miss J Griffith, RNA 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives