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CELEBRATING THE ROYAL QUEENSLAND SHOW (EKKA)

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My first Ekka with my mum and grandma.  Taken 1975 Mother and toddler inspecting a pig in his enclosure, RNA Two girls enjoy early showbags at the Brisbane Exhibition Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Eric Schafferius  gives Wharton Creek Gem a beer, 1973 Ekka Tribute to the Holden Precision Team The Grand Parade at the 1921 Brisbane Exhibition 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. Ekka 1954. Alf Betts competing in the campdraft on Mrs AG Bell's Quest.
Hereford Bulls in grand parade, RNA 1926 Credit Queensland State Archives 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. Brahman Bull at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives
Ken & Jean Miller with showbags at Brisbane RNA circa 1954 Richard and June Carey 1956 Stock Experiment Station Exhibit 1912 Champion AIS cattle at RNA, 1938Credit Queensland State Archives Crowds gathering at an exhibit in 1938 Displaying our show bags on the front lawn at Chelsea Avenue, Gold Coast. Early 1960's 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. Wool display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928 Credit Queensland State Archives Taken Monday, August 15, 1949 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. My Dad was a champion at winning prizes on the Climbing Monkeys at the Ekka, he even made the newspaper (Telegraph I think) Champion AIS cow with Miss J Griffith, RNA 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Sir John and Lady Goodwin with Mr P Reynolds Champion Hereford Cow Hobartville Lady Minerva, RNA 1930 Credit Queensland State Archives Riding high atop the horse drawn Carlton Pride Wagon in the Grand Parade 1990's. Sideshow Alley ride at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives Excited to have won a prize in sideshow alley 1990. 1978 Best Puppy in Group ~ CH Moondance Tiger Rag owned and shown by Jo-Anne (Quinn) Miller. Grandmother and two Grandsons outside the old show bag pavilion Unusual rotunda featuring a fruit display at the Jubilee Exhibition Brisbane 1909 Chair lift at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives Champion jersey cow Oxford Carolyn E Burton and Co RNA 1946 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA Entrance Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Ekka 1988, handler won Grand Champion Junior Parader 2003 RNA Life Member John Smith and his brother and mother riding the merry-go-round at the 1939 Show. Brisbane Exhibition Waugh and Josephson 1949.  In the photo is my grandfather, Samuel Paul Scott, who worked for that firm. Sir John and Lady Goodwin and Mr E Bayness watching parade of Herefords, RNA 1930 Credit Queensland State Archives Beth Greenhalgh & Don Hume - My grandparents before they were married. An aerial photo of the Brisbane Showgrounds in 1952 for the Brisbane Exhibition Brisbane Exhibition 1955 Mum (Bev Smith) and Aunty Nola (Nola) at RNA in 1939-1940. My great-aunt "Sprinty" Doris Bloomer, her  nephew John and nieces Margaret  (my mother) and Isobel Bloomer to the Brisbane Exhibition c.1940.  Side Show Alley in the 1940's! Enjoying a toffee apple with some friends @ the Ekka 1975 Sideshow Alley at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives. The Central Queensland Smokeless Coal Exhibit in the Minerals Competition in 1900 Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit: Queensland State Archives Riding the merry-go-round with Dad in 1982. Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holdren Precision Team Crowds at the 1935 Brisbane Exhibition Alf Betts holding his father R Betts's St Elmo who was champion Blood Stallion at the Ekka - 1948 Felicity Meyers and David Graff, both of Brisbane with two young children from the Tufnell Home Children's Orphanage, Buckland Road, Nundah. 1954 Trotting event in the main arena, August 1990 Credit Queensland State Archives Queensland Butter Board Sample Bag Aerial view grand parade  c 1958Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Girls day out Kalbar junior farmers and their show exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 12 July 1960 Credit Queensland State Archives 1972 Smarties Sample Bag & a foil pinwheel for my older sisters Crowds at the 1908 Brisbane Exhibition The Aeroplane Ride in 1938 RNA Exhibition, Brisbane 1935 Credit Queensland State Archives Victor Lake selling pies at Brisbane Exhibition, 1939. Exhibition Building Souvenir Handkerchief 1891 Display of Queensland grasses  August 1929 Credit Queensland State Archives A horse team in the main arena in 1925 Grand Parade At the Ekka with my best friends, Michelle and Nikki Schoorl and Chabbie (my grandma).  Taken 1979 My silhouette in 1979-1981.  Something every person had done at least once. Mackay Sugar Experimental Station, Veterinary and Bacteriological Ensilage, and Insect Life History Exhibits 1912 The Women's Industries Display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition Penny Farthings Grand Parade at the Ekka Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives Dad loved these huge horses and would make a beeline to see them every year. This was circa 1995. Precision driving display at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives 1909 Jubilee Medals Ekka announcer Angus Lane and his wife Vicki in the announcer's box at the show. My Mother, Grandmother and Great-grandmother at the EKKA in 1950 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. RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 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 A model house at the very first Brisbane Exhibition in 1876 First ride at the Ekka with Mum in 1989. 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. 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. Charlotte 'Lotti' French & daughter Gert Thompson both of Windsor, Brisbane all dressed up for the EKKA 1939 Three children enjoying their sample bags at the Ekka in 1956 The Original Precision Driving Demonstration created by Lloyd Robertson at the Ekka The Woodchopping Competition at the 1907 Brisbane Exhibition Stubborn young Hereford being unwillingly lead by his owner I remember well the noise this working machine made on the metal tray - 1941- 1951 RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 My Mum (Bev) aged 3-4yo with my Grandparents (Ray & Lillian Smith) in 1939-1940 RNA - check out the Fashion. Old Ekka Showbag Pavillion Ekka Postcard A Ferris Wheel in 1918 Tree felling contest at the Royal National Show c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives Palmwoods and district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1964 Credit Queensland State Archives 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. 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 The Brisbane Exhibition 1877 Cold Storage ( Citrus) Fruits, Wool and Cotton Exhibits. 1912 Fun ride with Mum 1990 1st prize District Exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, 1928. via Queensland State Archives All dressed up for the EKKA
L to R My Mother Dorothy, My younger sister Jill & me Denis District Exhibits 1907. First Place - Moreton Sideshow Alley at the Ekka , Brisbane, 1982 Credit Queensland State Archives Merry Go Round ride at Sideshow Alley, 1989 He saw me. Some fine looking fedoras being sported by some of the judges in this photo from 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Rugged up for Friday pm at the EKKA, near side show ally.  Mum Dad and me The Ekka (spelt by the taker as Ecca) 1949. My grandparents, aunty and great aunty and uncle. The baby is my cousin Suzanne.  1973 Bill Squire takes Wharton Creek Gem to the birdcage bar for a drink The view of the CBD skyline from the top of the ferris wheel. Probably around 1985 (only guessing). Champion Hereford Bull at the Brisbane show, 1938 Credit Queensland State Archives Cherril McCabe and her father at the 1954 Brisbane Exhibition, taken just as they left the tunnel Trying to win a prize in Sideshow Alley, 1982 Sideshow area, Brisbane, August 1972 Credit Queensland State Archives. A fruit display at the 1912 Brisbane Exhibition RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Gayndah citrus exhibit c. 1963 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA's Cherril McCabe (baby) and her father and mother at the 1953 Brisbane Exhibition Westbrook State Farm exhibit, Brisbane Exhibition, 1899. 1909 Bowen Park 1876 The Tasmanian Potatoe Pavilion in 1945 Council of the National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland 1906 Darling Downs District exhibit, August 1965 Credit Queensland State Archives Champion Ayrshire cow Tillie of Longlands, RNA 1926Credit Queensland State Archives Bundaberg district fruit exhibit at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, August 1984 Credit Queensland State Archives Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team Brisbane Showgrounds 1906, 40,000 people Brisbane Exhibition 1955 A hot air balloon over the Main Arena The Governor of Queensland arriving in 1876 My twin sister and I have been to the Ekka almost every year since we were kids. Canning Chance Champion Hereford Cow, RNA 1936 Credit Queensland State Archives L to R Denis Sneesby, My sisters Beryl & Joan Ekka 2017 Tribute to the Holden Precision Team RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 The wireking New Grand Stand Opening Day, Bowen Park, Brisbane, 14th August 1907 The John McDonald Stand in 1914 overlooking the main arena. Hunter in action at the Royal National Show, Brisbane, c 1958 Credit Queensland State Archives RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane 1945-1955 Waugh and Josephson display at the 1949 Brisbane Exhibition. District Exhibits Second Place  - Wide Bay and Burnett 1907 Night out with Dad in 1975 complete with Gold Fish won at the Japanese Pearl Exhibit. Family trip to the Ekka