Set­tlers showed lots of ini­tia­tive

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH SHOW -

GAYN­DAH’S pi­o­neers had “a lot of ini­tia­tive and get-up-and-go”, ac­cord­ing to Gayn­dah Show pa­tron Alan McCallum.

The Gayn­dah Show pa­tron was thank­ful for the town’s pi­o­neers.

“When we look back at his­tory, we had the first derby in Queens­land run­ning here in Gayn­dah, first campdraft ever run here in Gayn­dah, first rodeo run here in Gayn­dah,” Mr McCallum said.

Early set­tlers formed the Gayn­dah and District Bur­nett Farm­ers Club, and ap­plied to pur­chase the show­grounds in 1864.

Cat­tle and horse shows were men­tioned in news­pa­pers un­til the end of that century, but there had been a break of up to 30 years be­fore the lat­est se­ries of shows, al­lied to the Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, be­gan in 1907.

It’s ac­knowl­edged that some shows were missed, pos­si­bly in the war years or due to ex­treme weather con­di­tions, leading to the open­ing of this week’s 100th show. Of­ten a two-day show, some years were an ex­cep­tion with a three-day show be­ing held in 1948 to cel­e­brate the cen­te­nary of the Bur­nett Set­tle­ment.

Mr McCallum re­called that Cher­bourg at­ten­dees demon­strated boomerang and spear-throw­ing.

Mr McCallum said he led the change in more re­cent years to a one-day show to en­sure people’s in­ter­est and to make it eas­ier for the work­ers.

Ar­chives also re­veal the date moved pro­gres­sively from July to June to May to April, with the head­line “hum­bugged by Gayn­dah” in 1935 when the town tried to take Monto’s show dates.

In 1912, ring events in­cluded uni­corn team ponies, a mil­i­tary turnout, hunters’ con­test, milk­ing com­pe­ti­tion and wood­chop.

Com­pare that to 1989, when the head­lines high­lighted sideshow al­ley – the ar­rival of a small roller-coaster, the only one of its kind in Aus­tralia, and the reap­pear­ance of dodgem cars.

Whether your favourites are the en­ter­tain­ment or the fo­cus on agri­cul­tural life, en­joy the show!

GAYN­DAH CIT­RUS: In­ter­na­tion­ally and uni­ver­sally recog­nised, Gayn­dah cit­rus made a splen­did dis­play at the show.

Beasts com­pete to be best in show at a judg­ing.

Wood­chop­pers are at the top of the game at the show.

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