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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. 

All dressed up for the EKKA
L to R My Mother Dorothy, My younger sister Jill & me Denis Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holdren Precision Team Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Wool display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928 Credit Queensland State Archives Waugh and Josephson display at the 1949 Brisbane Exhibition. Sideshow Alley at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives. District Exhibits Second Place  - Wide Bay and Burnett 1907 Penny Farthings Council of the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland 1906 Brisbane Exhibition 1955 Sir John and Lady Goodwin and Mr E Bayness watching parade of Herefords, RNA 1930 Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka announcer Angus Lane and his wife Vicki in the announcer's box at the show. RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 At the Ekka with my best friends, Michelle and Nikki Schoorl and Chabbie (my grandma).  Taken 1979 Brisbane Exhibition 1955 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Kalbar junior farmers and their show exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 July 1960 Credit Queensland State Archives Champion Ayrshire cow Tillie of Longlands, RNA 1926Credit Queensland State Archives Stubborn young Hereford being unwillingly lead by his owner Precision driving display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives The Brisbane Exhibition 1877 The Grand Parade at the 1921 Brisbane Exhibition The view of the CBD skyline from the top of the ferris wheel. Probably around 1985 (only guessing). Displaying our show bags on the front lawn at Chelsea Avenue, Gold Coast. Early 1960's The Tasmanian Potatoe Pavilion in 1945 Tree felling contest at the Royal National Show c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives Aerial view grand parade  c 1958Credit Queensland State Archives Bundaberg district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1984 Credit Queensland State Archives The wireking 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. Hunter in action at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives Champion AIS cow with Miss J Griffith, RNA 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives A hot air balloon over the Main Arena 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. Family trip to the Ekka 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 Taken Monday, August 15, 1949 An aerial photo of the Brisbane Showgrounds in 1952 for the Brisbane Exhibition Grandmother and two Grandsons outside the old show bag pavilion Sir John and Lady Goodwin with Mr P Reynolds Champion Hereford Cow Hobartville Lady Minerva, RNA 1930 Credit Queensland State Archives Two girls enjoy early showbags at the Brisbane Exhibition Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Girls day out RNA's Cherril McCabe (baby) and her father and mother at the 1953 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 Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit: Queensland State Archives Riding the merry-go-round with Dad in 1982. Some fine looking fedoras being sported by some of the judges in this photo from 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Trying to win a prize in Sideshow Alley, 1982 A horse team in the main arena in 1925 Sideshow Alley ride at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives The Woodchopping Competition at the 1907 Brisbane Exhibition Ekka Postcard I remember well the noise this working machine made on the metal tray - 1941- 1951 Canning Chance Champion Hereford Cow, RNA 1936 Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka 1954. Alf Betts competing in the campdraft on Mrs AG Bell's Quest.
New Grand Stand Opening Day, Bowen Park, Brisbane, 14th August 1907 A model house at the very first Brisbane Exhibition in 1876 Display of Queensland grasses  August 1929 Credit Queensland State Archives Cherril McCabe and her father at the 1954 Brisbane Exhibition, taken just as they left the tunnel Alf Betts holding his father R Betts's St Elmo who was champion Blood Stallion at the Ekka - 1948 Ekka 1988, handler won Grand Champion Junior Parader 2003 My first Ekka with my mum and grandma.  Taken 1975 Sideshow area, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives. Trotting event in the main arena, August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives Mother and toddler inspecting a pig in his enclosure, RNA The Ekka (spelt by the taker as Ecca) 1949. My grandparents, aunty and great aunty and uncle. The baby is my cousin Suzanne. 1909 Jubilee Medals Brisbane Showgrounds 1906, 40,000 people Ken & Jean Miller with showbags at Brisbane RNA circa 1954 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Champion jersey cow Oxford Carolyn E Burton and Co RNA 1946 Credit Queensland State Archives Hereford Bulls in grand parade, RNA 1926 Credit Queensland State Archives Grand Parade Enjoying a toffee apple with some friends @ the Ekka 1975 Excited to have won a prize in sideshow alley 1990. Gayndah citrus exhibit c. 1963 Credit Queensland State Archives Mackay Sugar Experimental Station, Veterinary and Bacteriological Ensilage, and Insect Life History Exhibits 1912 1972 Smarties Sample Bag & a foil pinwheel for my older sisters Champion Hereford Bull at the Brisbane show, 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Felicity Meyers and David Graff, both of Brisbane with two young children from the Tufnell Home Children's Orphanage, Buckland Road, Nundah. 1954 Ekka Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Chair lift at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Old Ekka Showbag Pavillion RNA Exhibition, Brisbane 1935 Credit Queensland State Archives Darling Downs District exhibit, August 1965 Credit Queensland State Archives District Exhibits 1907. First Place - Moreton Stock Experiment Station Exhibit 1912 RNA Life Member John Smith and his brother and mother riding the merry-go-round at the 1939 Show. Exhibition Building Souvenir Handkerchief 1891 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Richard and June Carey 1956 Rugged up for Friday pm at the EKKA, near side show ally.  Mum Dad and me 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. Bowen Park 1876 Brahman Bull at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives
Merry Go Round ride at Sideshow Alley, 1989 First ride at the Ekka with Mum in 1989. 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. My great-aunt "Sprinty" Doris Bloomer, her  nephew John and nieces Margaret  (my mother) and Isobel Bloomer to the Brisbane Exhibition c.1940.  L to R Denis Sneesby, My sisters Beryl & Joan 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. The Central Queensland Smokeless Coal Exhibit in the Minerals Competition in 1900 Cold Storage ( Citrus) Fruits, Wool and Cotton Exhibits. 1912 A fruit display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Crowds at the 1908 Brisbane Exhibition Side Show Alley in the 1940's! My Dad was a champion at winning prizes on the Climbing Monkeys at the Ekka, he even made the newspaper (Telegraph I think) The Governor of Queensland arriving in 1876 Crowds at the 1935 Brisbane Exhibition The Original Precision Driving Demonstration created by Lloyd Robertson at the Ekka My Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother at the EKKA in 1950 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. Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team A Ferris Wheel in 1918 Dad loved these huge horses and would make a beeline to see them every year. This was circa 1995. 1978 Best Puppy in Group ~ CH Moondance Tiger Rag owned and shown by Jo-Anne (Quinn) Miller. Riding high atop the horse drawn Carlton Pride Wagon in the Grand Parade 1990's. Palmwoods and district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1964 Credit Queensland State Archives The John McDonald Stand in 1914 overlooking the main arena. RNA Entrance The Aeroplane Ride in 1938 Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Sideshow Alley at the Ekka , Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives Fun ride with Mum 1990 The Women's Industries Display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition Crowds gathering at an exhibit in 1938