Now ploughing was once a keen sport,
To enter a match, many sought;
For hours they would plough
As best they knew how,
The prizes were foremost in thought
To enter a match, many sought;
For hours they would plough
As best they knew how,
The prizes were foremost in thought
SPEED THE PLOUGH
The First Farmers' Societies were formed with the intention of matching farming methods with the needs of a steadily increasing Australian population. In 1840, the Pastoral & Agricultural Society of Australia Felix was formed, but disbanded after the failure of its first show in 1842. However, sufficient support and enthusiasm remained to launch the Moonee Ponds Farmers' Society in early 1848, which focused on ploughing trials.
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1. Beginnings of The Society (names included, Text & jpeg)
2. Market Places (names included, Text & jpeg)
3. Melbourne Markets
4. Shows & Prizes (names included, Text & jpeg)
5. Speed the Plough
2. Market Places (names included, Text & jpeg)
3. Melbourne Markets
4. Shows & Prizes (names included, Text & jpeg)
5. Speed the Plough
Ploughing Matches (Includes Names of Entrants & Prize Winners)
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'OTHER'- Ploughing Matches or Agricultural Shows other than in Australia.
Inter Colonial Matches & Later Years, to come
Most Newspaper Articles have been text corrected, some still in jpeg format, due to some articles being hard to read, or a great deal of scrambled text to correct, which can be very time consuming.
'OTHER'- Ploughing Matches or Agricultural Shows other than in Australia.
Inter Colonial Matches & Later Years, to come
Beginnings of The Society
John Lewin, The Plains Bathurst depicting Governor Macquarie's camp, water colour, c 1816
The Caledonian Pastoral & Agricultural Soc of Australia Felix with Office Bearers
Port Phillip Gazette Sat 11 Jan 1840
The Caledonian Pastoral & Agricultural Soc of Australia Felix Society Formed
Hobart Town Courier & Van Diemen's Land Gazette 17 Jan 1840
The Caledonian Pastoral & Agricultural Soc of Australia Felix Notice of Meeting
Commercial Journal and Advertiser (Syd, NSW), Sat 25 Jan 1840
Pastoral & Agricultural Soc of Australia Felix
Sydney Herald (NSW), Wed 19 February 1840
Australian Pastoral & Agricultural Soc. Felix Report
Port Phillip Gazette Wed 11 Mar 1840
The Pastoral & Agricultural Society of Australia Felix Meeting 1841
Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic), 27 September 1841
Report- Pastoral & Agricultural Society of Australia Felix
Port Phillip Gazette (Vic.), Wednesday 15 September 1841
AUSTRALIA FELIX PASTORAL AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.
Port Phillip Gazette (Vic), Sat 29 Feb 1840
We have been long and minute in offering our system of economising the time and plans of the society, because we know that without some well arranged and digested scheme of operations, every institution, great and original as it may be, will ultimately fail. Upon this society we risk the future peaceful progression of Australia Felix, as the sheet anchor of her national prosperity, and unless their efforts effect a reform, commercial ruin must ensue; then comes political anarchy, then revolution and its concomitant horrors — to escape which, every settler, upon the principle of self interest, must be zealous, must Ire personally and actively zealous in aiding the directors and seconding their views. Not that we would counsel the colonists to shrink from the " right of resistance" as an unholy thing, but we would suggest any measures, adopt any views, that could ward off the calamities consequent upon a civil war. We believe indeed that the present position of the colonies is that of a hotbed, in which the seeds of resistance are fructifying under the inflammatory heat of ministerial oppression. It is evident that a change must take place in men and things, whether that change be effected by the people or their rulers, that it will be a goodly change we are satisfied, and that it may be a change in some measure contributed to by the Australia Felix Pastoral and Agricultural Society, ought to be not only the desire, but the daily and nightly study of every one of its numerous members. We need not repeat our frequent arguments to rouse them into action at this momentous period. We have full reliance upon their talent, their activity, and their substantial support. We leave the cause, therefore, in their hands, confident of its success.
MR. M'DONNELL returned thanks on behalf of his lady, during which he adverted to the pleasing manner in which both he and Mrs. M'Donnell had been deceived in the ideas they had formed of the province of Port Phillip and its society; his astonishment at finding a flourishing town where he expected a few bush huts, and a civilised, nay, even a gallant and a gay society where he had heard only of a band of rough, hardy and wandering flockmasters.
Interior of the Eastern Market, Melbourne
OUTCRIES FOR A PUBLIC MARKET.
We have on several occasions been asked by different individuals, " What has become of the requisition to the Police Magistrate, with a view to the establishment of a general Market in this town ?" a question which nobody seems to be enabled to answer.............. At present the public of Melbourne have no safe guard, and they are open to the exactions of any shopkeeper who may be dishonest enough to demand a sum beyond the fair market price. While upon this subject, we would venture to ask if it was not the intention of the Pastoral and Agricultural Association of Australia Felix, to hold out premiums for the production of prime specimens of cattle and sheep bred in this colony, and if so, when and where is the show to be held ? The improvement of the breed of cattle is a subject which engrosses so much of the attention of settlers, that we are surprised nothing has yet been done by the Association ; possibly, however, it arises from the most cogent of all reasons, the lack of funds. So mixed up, however, as the majority of its members are with the pastoral community, we feel assured that there must be some potent cause which compels the society to remain thus in active. In conclusion, we venture to hope that the requisition to which we have alluded will not be lost sight of, being a matter of serious import.
Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic.), Thursday 12 November 1840
Launceston Overstock 1828
Tasmanian (Hobart Town) Fri 20 June 1828
Launceston had to wait until 1846 for a Market
Sydney was approved for a Market Square in 1810
MARKET SQUARE SYDNEY
Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 20 October 1810
Public Punishment in the Market Place
Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 29 August 1812
MARKET PRICES COMPARISON-
Geelong Advert Sat 13 Feb 1841
WOOL SYDNEY & EAST INDIA 1844
Inquirer (Perth), Wed 4 Dec 1844
Geelong Advertiser Sat 5 January 1861
12 May 1888
Warwick Examiner & Times (Qld),
17 Nov 1888
On Monday, pursuant to public advertisement, thee inhabitants of the South-West arid North-West Wards assembled, for the purpose of taking into consideration, the expediency of registering qualifications to vote and to receive propositions for such persons as should be deemed qualified to fill the office, of Commissioners of the Melbourne Market.
Port Phillip Gazette (Vic), Wed 13 October 1841
The first official fruit and vegetable market was the Western Market
The Western Market – established in December 1841, six years after the Port Phillip settlement – on a site bounded by Market, Collins and William Streets, and Flinders Lane.
The Western or Melbourne Market, didn't look like the photo above, until well after 1841
MELBOURNE MARKET COMMISSIONER CANDIDATES
Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic), Monday 18 October 1841
Port Phillip Gazette (Vic.), Wednesday 23 February 1842
Foundation Stone Laid
Age (Melb, Vic.) 10 January 1856
The Board of Market Commissioners met, for the first time, on Monday last, to perform the duties which, under the Act, they had been returned by the electors of Melbourne to fulfill. The meeting had been convened by a circular from Major St. John, and was held in accordance with the requisition, at the private office of the Police Magistrate. Upon the arrival of all the members Mr. Simpson, J. P., was unanimously elected to the chair..............It was generally agreed to, as a preliminary, that three places would require to be chosen and set aside respectively for the Uses of-—
1..— A General Market, comprising the sales of fish, vegetables, fruit, poultry, and butchers' meat. 2. — A Cattle Market, and 3. — A Hay and Corn Market, The allotments marked on the original plan of the map as the 'Court House Reserve,' was decided upon as best suited for the sale of Fodder and Grain while the ground lately pointed out by the Government, and allowed to be enclosed as a stock and drafting yard approved for the Cattle Market. On the subject of o General Market it was finally determined to select two positions, one to be opened immediately, another to be reserved for similar objects for the Eastern Division of the town. The situation commonly know as the "Market Square" was selected in the first instance, and certain well adapted allotments lying between Swanston street and New Town in the second case.
Port Phillip Gazette (Vic), Wednesday 10 November 1841
After the foundation stone was laid, not too much happened to the Market after that, due to lack of funds
It took up the entire block of Collins Street, Market Street, Flinders Lane and William Street.
Although occupying a valuable site, at the intersection of two important thoroughfares,..... there is nothing in the shape of market accommodation beyond the twelve stalls or small shops which form two sides of the quadrangle, the rest of the property being remarkable only for the open foundations fronting Collins, William, and Market streets, which have become a receptacle for all manner of filth, to the discomfort and annoyance of the public.
Grass is growing where busy feet should be treading-goats are grazing where dealers should be bargaining-and there is altogether a dilapidated appearance, indicative of a place that is going to the dogs, rather than a city which is only in the midst of a vigorous youth. It appears that the corporation have neither the funds to complete the market, nor the power to grant a building lease, by which the work could be accomplished without any drain upon the city treasury..........Nothing is done before nine a.m. or after five p.m. ; but the chief trade is transacted between eleven and two o'clock..........At present only seven of the market stalls are occupied, but it is expected that the others will not long remain vacant.
Argus (Melbourne, Vic.), Monday 6 January 1862
Beautiful plans by John M. Barry, Architect, Melbourne, Dated 30th October 1868. Possibly updated from the 1855 plans, when the foundation stone was laid?
Plans accepted as still going ahead in 1868 finally materialised into the New Western Market, in all its glory in the early 1870's
Seen below in this photograph from 1879
After all of that, less than a hundred years later and a lot of bickering as to what should become of it, the Western Market was demolished in 1961.
The Eastern Market (Old Paddy's Market) opened in 1847. Located at the south-west corner of Bourke and Stephen (now Exhibition) Streets.
"I had dined at the Clarendon, eaten fish dinners at Lovegroves's, patronised the Star and Garter, been a constant visitor at Maurice's table d' hote, the waiters at the Cafe Anglais acknowledged me as a gourmet ; I had eaten beefsteak with hindernisten at Wilkin's Keller in Hamburgh, Rebhuhn mit Sauerkraut in Dresden, maccaroni at Naples, and batvinia and soudak in Petersburgh, but never did I taste anything so delicious as those Eastern Market sausages"
Illustrated Australian News for Home Readers (Melbourne, Vic.), Tuesday 20 May 1873
The New Eastern Market opened 22 December 1879 and was demolished in 1960
Mercury (Hobart, Tas), Tuesday 26 March 1878
The new market at the corner of Queen and
Victoria streets was opened to-day. Over 500 persons were entertained at breakfast by the Mayor in honour of the event.
Logan Witness (Beenleigh, Qld), Sat 23 March 1878
Eventually both Eastern and Western Markets were absorbed into the Queen Victoria Market which became the hub for Victoria’s wholesale and retail fruit and vegetable industry.
A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker's Melbourne
The Foundation stone for the Fish Market, was laid in 1891 and just like the others, it too, was demolished in 1957
All that's left of the Melbourne Fish Market, are the wrought-iron gates, relocated in 1959/60 to the entrance of the Fawkner Cemetery. Apparently, the other two sets of gates, went to secure the Seymour swimming pool & football ground.
Coins were originally placed under the foundation stone of the Melbourne Hospital on the corner of Lonsdale and Swanston Streets in 1846, they were recovered during rebuilding works in 1914. A vellum scroll had also been put under the foundation stone but was lost. A brick-shaped container made of copper was placed behind the foundation stone, which contained coins from the early 1800's, plus coins from the 1940's and documents about the construction of the Parkville buildings and the laying of the 1941 foundation stone.
The Queen Victoria Market was officially opened on 20 March 1878
Australasian (Melbourne, Vic), Sat 30 March 1878
The Fish Market was located at the south-east corner of Flinders and Spencer Streets. Built in 1890 and demolished in 1959. Between 1958 and 1960, in what is now widely regarded as an act of vandalism, the fish market was demolished.
Melbourne's Lost Markets
The Tradition of placing a Time capsule underneath the Foundation Stone.
Upon lifting the foundation stone of the Fish Market, in the niche underneath was a lead box – a time capsule – laid there in 1891 by the then mayor of Melbourne. The buildings of old, would place a lead or copper box, under the stone, which contained newspaper articles from the day & also coins from the Mayor's pocket.
In Ballarat's main street almost 150 years after it was buried, Gold, silver and copper coins, and newspapers of the day were recovered in a wide-mouthed, clear glass bottle, which was planted in 1863 to commemorate the Burke and Wills expedition. The time capsule was interred under the original foundation stone for the Burke and Wills memorial by Governor Sir Henry Barkly and uncovered by staff from Heritage Victoria and the City of Ballarat in 2011.
Time capsule filled with newspapers and coins has been recovered from the demolished foundations of a Christchurch heritage building.
Shows and Prizes
Cattle & Horse Show
Australian News for Home Readers (Vic.), Friday 25 November 1864
Australian News for Home Readers (Vic.), Friday 25 November 1864
Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW), Saturday 7 March 1818
Just as with the ploughing Matches, prizes were offered to the the winning entrants of various categories. Either a silver or gold Medal or large cash prize, as an incentive to excel in their farming endeavours
Third Prize, Awarded to- A.E. McCracken, for the Best Team of Working Horses. Bulla Ploughing Match, 1857
Silver Medal of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Champion Prize of Australia 1897. Awarded to: Sir Rupert T. H. Clarke Bart for a champion Shorthorn Cow.
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria. Champion Prize, Awarded to- Hans W.H. Irvine, for Dry Wine 1900
PORT PHILLIP- THE PASTORAL AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY'S 1st SHOW March 1842
Port Phillip Patriot and Melbourne Advertiser (Vic.), Monday 7 March 1842
On Thursday the first annual show of the Pastoral and Agricultural Society took place in the Cattle Market, at the extremity of Elizabeth-street North, which had been kindly placed at the disposal of the Society for the day by the Commissioners of the Melbourne Markets. The present meeting was only preliminary, as it were, to a more extensive meeting which it is proposed to get up in October or November, of this present year, and rather meant to shew the vitality of the Society (which was at one period doubtful) than in expectation of any very extensive display. The prizes given were limited, and the season it was agreed on all hands was neither suited for the show of stock, nor farm and garden produce. Not withstanding these disadvantages, how ever, there was a show of stock much of which would have done credit to the first shows of a similar description in the mother country, and the wheat, the only description of farm produce shewn, was declared by the judges to be equal to any they had ever seen exhibited in the mother country. The. most, singular feature in the affair was that the show was most deficient in what it might and ought to have been most abundant, we mean in sheep and colonial stock, not a single sheep of any description having been offered for competition, and excepting in one or two of the classes but one or two animals of colonial breeding.
The result of the show was as follows :
HORSES. Judges. — Messrs. Mollison, Bolden, & Archer For the best imported blood Stallion.
There were entered for this premium :
Mr. Serjeantson's Black Prince, by Voltaire, out of Dispatch. Mr. Purves' Snoozer, by Muley, out of Bequest.
Messrs. Watson and Hunters Romeo, by Sir Hercules, out of Pasta.
The Judges awarded this premium — Five guineas, or a silver medal of that value, to Messrs. Watson and Hunter.
For the best imported Draught Stallion. The only horse entered for this premium was Mr. Carmichaels' Clydesdale horse, Farmer's Favourite. by Young Clyde. The horse was, however, considered, as highly deserving the premium — Five guineas, or a medal of that value, which was accordingly awarded to Mr. Carmichael.
For the best Colonial bred blood Stallion, The only horse entered for this premium was Mr. Jamieson's Traveller , The prize was adjudged in this, as in the preceding case, to Mr. Jamieson.
For the best Colonial bred Draught Stallion; The only horse entered for this prize was Mr Purves' Bees Wing, by Peter Finn;. The prize was adjudged in this, as in the preceding case, to Mr. Purves.
MARES. For the best imported blood Mare
There were entered, for this premium : Mr. J. D. Lyon Campbell's Fairy Queen, by Varnish, out of Tiara, Mr. Purves' brown mare, by Scipio, dam by Whalebone. The Judges awarded the premium, to Mr. Purves.
For the best imported Draught Mare, There were entered for this premium : Mr. Carmichaels Clydesdale mare, Jess. Capt. Smythe's Cleveland mare. Messrs. Watson and Hunters Clydesdale mare. The Judges had considerable difficulty in arriving at a decision regarding this premium owing to the necessity of determining between the Clydesdale and Cleveland breeds or in, other words between the heavy draught, or cart mares, and the light draught, or carriage mares. It was finally resolved to divide the prize between the two breeds, but as this enabled the Cleveland mare to walk the course without competition, the Judges recommended that in future the premiums for these two classes should be kept distinct. The premium was therefore, adjudged one half to Messrs. Watson and Hunter, and the other half to Capt. Smythe.
For the best Colonial bred blood Mare. The only entry for this premium was Mr. Purves, Coleo by Peter Finn. The Judges declined, to award the prize in this case, but expressed their regret that they, could not award it to another mare exhibited by the same owner became ineligible for the prize, not being thorough bred.
For the best Colonial bred Draught Mare. For this premium a mare had been entered by Capt. Smythe, but owing to some mistake on the part of the groom she was not brought to the show, consequently the prize was not awarded. This being the last of the premiums offered by the Society for the different classes of horses, the extra stock on the ground was exhibited and comprised a handsome half-bred mare belonging to Mr. Purves, a thorough-bred colt by Baronet, out of Brown Bess, the properly of Messrs. Watson and Hunter, which received the especial commendation of the Judges, a very handsome hackney, the property of Mr. J. H. Patterson, and a poney (pony), the property of Mr. A. M. M'Crae, a cross between a Timor poney and a Clydesdale mare, which from its novelty attracted considerable attention.
CATTLE. Judges.— Messrs. Moilison, Archer, Aitken, and Ainslie. The prizes were adjudged as follows :
BULLS. For the best imported Durham Bull,There were entered for this premium: Mr. Ferrie's red roan Bull, The Earl of Derby. Mr. Thomson's white Bull, just imported per-Andromache. The Judges awarded this premium— two guineas — to Mr. Thomson, and subsequently Mr. Thomson obtained for the same animal the additional three guineas awarded to the best bull of any breed exhibited at the show.
For the best imported Devon Bull. The only entry for this premium was a Bull the property of Mr. Were. The Judges in this case declined awarding any premium.
For the best imported Ayrshire Bull. The only entry for premium was Mr. J. D. Lyon Campbell's Bull, Wattie. The Judges in this case also declined awarding any premium.
For the best Colonial bred Bull. The only entry for this premium was a Bull the property of Mr. Cooper, to whom the Judges awarded the prize — two guineas.
COWS. For the best imported Durham Cow. There were entered for this premium Mr. Carmichael's white cow, Favourite. Messrs. Bolden's red and white cow, Lady Vane. Messrs. Bolden's roan and white cow, Tanny. The competition for this premium was the closest of the day. The cows were well matched and they would we are certain have challenged admiration at any similar snow in any part of the world, indeed all of them had been successful competitors for similar prizes in England or in Scotland. The struggle, however, lay chiefly between Messrs. Bolden's cows Lady Vane and Tanny, and it was not without considerable hesitation that the judges awarded the palm of superiority over her competitor to Lady Vane, accompanying their award with a high commendation of both the other cows exhibited. Messrs. Bolden were also subsequently awarded the additional three guineas for Lady Vane, as the best cow of any breed exhibited.
For the best imported Devon Cow. No competition, consequently no prize awarded.
For the best imported Ayrshire Cow. There were entered for this premium : Mr. Carmichael's brown cow, Nanny. Mr. Lyon Campbell's cow, Duchess, Mr, Lyon Campbell's cow, Minna. Messrs, Watson and Hunter's cow. The prize was awarded to Mr. Carmichael.
For the best pen of five. Colonial bred Heifers, under three years of age. There were entered for this premium : Mr. Munro's pen of five heifers, a cross from the Durham breed. Mr Cooper's ditto ditto, a cross from the same breed. The prize was awarded to Mr. Cooper. For the best pair of fat Bullocks For this premium, as well as for the different premiums for imported and colonial bred sheep, there was not, strange to say, one single entry,
SWINE.The Judges for this class were Messrs. Thom, Holden and Mollison.
For the best Boar of any breed No entry.
For the best Sow of any breed. The only entry for this prize was a very handsome sow, the properly of Messrs. Watson and Hunter, to whom the Judges awarded the prize. An enormous fat hog, "the property of Mr. Mack, of Geelong, which was said to weigh, not less than six cwt. and a half, was shewn as extra stock, and a premium of one guinea was awarded to Mr. Mack by the Judges.
The Judges for farm produce were Messrs. Thom, Mack, and Baillie,
For the best three bushels of Wheat of this season's growth, the produce of the Colony. The entries for this premium were Mr. Coulstock, 3 bush. Old Lammas Wheat, Mr. Lyon Campbell, 3 bush. Imperial Talavera ditto. Mr. Lyon Campbell, 3 bush. Uxbridge ditto. Mr. Lyon Campbell, 1 1/2 bush. Eclipse ditto. Mr. Roach, 3 bush, improved Talavera ditto. Mr. Hyde, 3 bush. Lammas, unriddled ditto. Mr. Kirk, 3 bush. White Lammass ditto. This was the only description of farm produce exhibited, and the quality of the whole of the specimens shewn seemed to strike every body with astonishment. Weighed with the ordinary weighing apparatus, the weight of the different specimens varied from 65 to 67 lbs. per bushel ; but according to the new patent machine for sampling grain, which has of late come into general use in the mother country; the weights ranged from 63 to 64 1/2 lbs. Decidedly the best specimen produced was the Eclipse wheat, grown by Mr. Lyon Campbell, on his estate, of Campbellfield, on the Yarra Yarra, but in consequence of the insufficiency of the quantity it was not admitted to compete for the prize. The Judges awarded the premium to Mr. Coulstock, who, it was stated, had upwards of 2 000 bushels of wheat of a similar quality, the produce of his estate on the Plenty. Great commendation was also bestowed on the other samples shewn, and it seemed to be the general opinion that while Port Phillip is capable of producing wheat of such excellent quality, there can be little occasion for importing flour from Van Diemen's Land or elsewhere. A small sample of maize of very good quality grown by Major Frazer, on his station at Moordeealla, was sent in for exhibition, but unfortunately arrived too late for the show.
The Judges for vegetables and fruit were Messrs. Watson and Mercer The only competitor for vegetables was Captain Smythe, whose gardener had sent in several, considering the season, very superior specimens of the following descriptions of vegetables : — Early born carrot, celery, red beet (wt. 15 3/4 lbs.) sweet Caen cabbage, mangel wurzel, Napoleon onions, and rhubarb. The Judges awarded to Captain Smytbe's gardener a premium of one guinea.
The only description of fruit shown was the water melon, one of which weighing 21 1/4 1bs, was furnished from Messrs. Bolden's garden, and one weighing 16 3/4 lbs, from Captain Smythes garden. The premium was awarded for the former, which was of the variety usually called the sugar melon, which rarely grows so large us the more common description.
At six o'clock about forty-five gentlemen, chiefly members of the Society, sat down to an excellent dinner, provided by mine host of the Royal Hotel, James Simpson, Esq., the President of the Society in the Chair. John Hunter
North Queensland Register (Townsville, Qld) 7 Aug 1899
Agricultural Soc. of N.S.W. Royal Empire Show, April 1941
S.A. Agricultural Horticultural & Pastoral Soc. Prize 1886
Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Qld), Tue 11 August 1942
BEEF CATTLE SHOW AWARDS BRISBANE, August 10.
Following were the awards at the the beef cattle show at the Exhibition grounds today:
Herefords: Champion bull, P. Reynolds's Hobartville Bull Head; reserve, E. E. D. White's Woodlands Vanguard. Champion cow, E. R. Reynold's Ennisview Harmony 28th; reserve, Pownall and Pownall's Myall Dorreen 30th.
Polled Herefords: Champion bull, J. E. Zillman's Old Rawbelle Silver Blanchard; reserve, J. R. Perrett's Moolboolaman Beau Blanchard 4th.
Champion cow, J. E. Zillman's Old Rawbelle Virginia 2nd; reserve, S. A, Plant's Trevanna Lady Min.
Shorthorns: Champion bull, Peel River Land and Mineral Coy Ltd's Peel Director; reserve, H. C and J. C. Taylor's Turanville Brestplate.
Champion cow, Taylor's Turanville Coronet 71st; reserve, Taylor's Turanville Ruby's Gift 20th.
Polled Shorthorns: Champion bull, J. T. Scrymgeour's Antrim Red Knight; reserve, .Gundibri Estate Co. Pty Ltd's Gundibri Standard 19th.
Champion cow, J. T. Scrymgeour's Netherby Princess Victoria; reserve, Scrymgeour's Netherby Red Hawthorne.
Aberdeen Angus: Champion bull,
H. G. Munro's Booroomooka Jacobite; reserve, Munro's Booroomoka Kintail.
Champion cow. W. E. Webster's Sarum Doris 3rd; reserve. Webster's Sarum Netta 3rd.
Brisbane Courier (Qld.), Mon 9 September 1895
BEENLEIGH SHOW. THE PRIZE SCHEDULE.
Draught Horses.- Queensland-bred draught mare for farming purposes: G. F. Dauth.
Pair plough horses in harness : H. Heck, 1; W. Doherty, 2. Springcart horse or mare in harness, to be driven in springcart: T. Quinn, 1 ; Otto Dauth, 2.
Pair waggon horses: C. Rehfeldt, special.
Blood Horses.-Stallion: J. C. Musgrave's Dundas, 1 ; T Daniels's Forest King, 2.
Blood mare, In foal, or foal at foot : Stephens and Stanfield's Mary Ann.
Grade Arab : M, Cusack's Silver Fox.
Special Trotting stallion, action to be tested led or driven: Stephens and Stanfields Harold.
Colt or filly, 2 years or under : Stephens and Stanfields Magnet.
Coaching stallion : De Burgh Persse's Lord Veromath. Coaching- brood mare, In foal or foal at foot : T. Quinn. Coaching colt, a years or under : T. Quinn.
Hacks.-Hack, to carry 14st.: O. Dauth .1; T. Qülnn's Statesman, 2.
Hack, to carry 11st,. E. J. Westaway's Stella, 1; W. Wake's Stroller, 2.
Trotting horse or mare : P. C. Cox's Emma, 1 ; A. W. Bates's Glencoe, 2.
Best lady's hack, to be ridden by a lady : A. Frederick's Token, l; Sergeant Nell's Voltigeur, 2.
Hackney, gelding or mare, above 14 and under 15 hands : E. J. Westaway's Stella,
Special Hackney, mare above 14 and under 15 hands :
E. J. Westaway's Stella,
Special Ponies.-Entire, under 14 hands.; John Hart.
Male or gelding, under 14 hands : De Burgh Persse's Native Lady.
Entire, under 12 hands : F. James's Young Don.
Jumping pony under 13 hands to carry not less than 10st.; Stephens and Stanfield's Tiger (4ft. 91n.), 10st, 7lbs., 1; De Burgh Peisse's Native Lady, 2.
Best girl rider, under 16 years of age : Mary Waldron, special
Action horse to be driven in buggy J W. Beiger's Ginger, 1 O. Dauth, 2.
Ayrshire bull, over 3 years : John Just's Bobby Burns. Jersey bull : Mrs W. Castles.
Shorthorn cow :- J. Cusack.
Ayrshire cow : Mrs. W. Castles..
Milch cow : Stephen and Stanfield, 221b. milk.
Best fat ox . Thomas Quinn. Fat cow : John Elchmann. Pen of five fat cattle, bred or reared by the exhibitor ¡ Thomas Quinn
Boar, over 1 year : De Burgh Persse,
Breeding sow, over 1 year : De. Purgh Persse.
Breeding sow, under 1 year . A. Henderson.
Three porkers :, Thomas Quinn.
Game, any, breed, Thomas Quinn,
Black Spanish : R, Harrison. Plymouth Rocks : Stewart Orr, Langshans : G. F. Plunkett.
Cochin, buff . W.G. Lane.1 Orpingtons G.F. Plunkett,
Wyandotte : G. F. Plunkett.
Leghorn, white: J. H, Matthews.
Leghorn, dark : Mrs. Cunningham.
Pen of Six pullets for table use : T. Quinn
Pigeons : C. Tesch. Turkeys : W. G. Lane.
Muscovy, duck and drake : H. M. Johnston.
AGRICULTURAL AND DAIRY PRODUCE.
Red core maize : George Finch.
Maize in cob : George Finch.
Field peas seed teosinte buckwheat setaria: George Palk
Madagascar beans : B.G. Peachey, commended.
Potatoes : W. Mann.
Sweet potatoes : W. Jennings.
Bundle green stuff : J. Williamson.
Mixed chaff : W. Mann, highly commended.
Guinea grass : J. Savage.
Collection of sugarcane : H. D. Malcolm 1, C. Rehfeldt 2. Collection dairy produce ; G. Palk, special.
Striped Singapore cane : H. D. Malcolm.
Rappoe cane . Geo. Benger.
Marketable butter : Mrs. Williamson, 1 ; Jas, Orr, 2 ; Mr B. M'Cready, special. Lard : J. Williamson,
Hen eggs : G. F. Plunkett
Duck eggs : W. G. Lane.
Cheeses': Mrs, R.M'Cready.
Hams farm or-dairy-fed: J. Williamson.
Flitches bacon, farm or dairy fed . Geo. Palk.
Sides bacon, farm or dairy, fed . Stephens and Hill.
ARTICLES OF COMMERCIAL VALUE
Collection Jams, marmalades, &c. : Geo. Palk, 1 Special Pickles, assorted : Mrs.B. Johnston.
Home-made bread; Mrs. Murtha, 1 ; Mrs. J. E. Pascoe, 2. Honey: F. Usher.
Beeswax: F. Richards, jun.
The prize for collection of articles of commercial value also those for marmalade & jam, were awarded to G. Palk.
Candied peel : Mrs. B. Johnston. Sauce . J. H. Matthews. Mush-catsup : Miss Finch.
Tobacco, in leaf : W. Cunningham.
Arrowroot (purple) : J. Murtha.
Arrowroot (white), J. Latimer
Coffee beans : May Cunningham.
Red wine : F. C. Cox (claret).
White wine : F. C. Cox.
Orange wine : G. Palk.
Collection aerated waters and cordials : Taylor and Co. Bricks, made in the district : C. Carey.
Vacuum pan process, unrefined White sugar : Carl Rehfeldt 1, H. P. Oppermann 2.
Sugar, yellow, any process : Yatala Milling- Company.
Collection oranges : F. F. R. Shailer,
Six round oranges : C. Huth.
Mandarins . Thomas Mills. Cumquats : B. Johnston.
Lemons : S. Grimes. Citrons: F. F. Shailer.
Pineapples : D. Benfer, 1 and special.
Smooth-leaved pineapples: D. Benfer.
Bunch sugar bananas: D. Benfer.
Bunch bananas, any other sort: D. Benfer, and special for best collection bananas. Loquats : W. E. Kingston. Passion fruit : F. Benfer. Apples : B. Johnston.
Cape gooseberries : Miss A. Mills.
Collection cut flowers (amateurs), H. Bacon.
Collection cut flowers, Mrs. B. Barker.
Collection wild flowers, A. Huth.
Collection pot plants, H. Bacon.
Hand bouquet, Mrs. B. Barker. Table bouquet, H. Bacon. Mrs. B. Barker also took the prizes for collections of roses, verbenas, and pansies.
Collection vegtables, W. Jennings 1 and special, J. Williamson 2.
Carrots, F. R, Shailer. White turnips, J. Strong.
Radishes, F. Benfer. Onions, J. H. Matthews.
Cabbage (table), C. Huth. Cabbage (red), C. Huth. Cauliflower, W. Jennings.
Pumpkins (for table use), J. Williamson.
Celery, J. H. Matthews Broad beans, J. H. Matthews.
Peas, W. Brooks. Tomatoes, D. Benfer.
Capsicums (large), Mrs. B. Barker.
Vegetable marrows, C. Brooks. Eschalots, F. Benfer. Leeks, J. H. Matthews. Garlic, F Benfer.
Lettuce (cabbage), J. H. Matthews.
Earthnuts, J. Williamson.
Sheep : Stephens and Stanfield 1, A. Duncan 2.
Cattle : Stephens and Stanfield 1 T. Quinn commended. Kangaroo (rough-haired) : S. Grimes L T. Daniels commended. Kangaroo (smooth-haired) : T. Daniels, Greyhound: C. Hodgen. Retriever : A. Brehmer.
Fox Terrier: J. Graham, Jun.
Black-and Tan Terrier : Wilson Holliday.
St. Bernard : J. Graham. Poodle : J. H. Matthews. Australian native (dingo) : T. Quinn
Fancy needlework by girl under 14 : Maud Armstrong 1, Lucy Fischer 2.
Plain needlework by girl under 13 : Martha Butz and Johanna Paterson (equal).
Plain sewing by girl under 10 : Nannie Dennis 1. Mary Wolter 2.
Map of New .Zealand by child under 14: Henry Schneider. Map of Australia by child under 10 : George Thorsborne.
Writing by boys over 10 : Dallan Pheá.
Writing for girls over 10 : Beatrice Harrison.
Writing for boys under 10 (2nd Book) : Willie Francis, Writing for girls under 10 : Mary Mann.
Home exercise book for children under 14;
Home exercise book for children under 10 George Kunkel.
Coolgardie Miner (WA), Sat 20 May 1899
THE DOG AND POULTRY SHOW-DOGS.
Mastiffs—Miss F M'Gie's Don, 1; Mrs Fabricins 1 Jet, not of the breed;
Newfoundland—J M'Mahon*s Carlo, 2,
St Bernards—-Novice dog, W M'Miles' Earl of Warwick, 2. Puppy dogs, Mrs M'Mahon's Starlight, 1; J Lipman's Lion, 2 R. Bohme's Dominic, 3.
Open class (dog), J Harris' Moonta Leona, 1; R. Bohme's, Carlo 2. W M'Miles' Earl of Warwick 3
Novice bitches, Mibs Dowll's Trilby. Puppy bitches, R, Bohme's Queen Jesabelle, 1; R Boh mes Juanita 2
Open class (bitches), R Bohme's Phyllis, 1; Mrs. M Hewer's Di-do-dum, 2. Team of three, B Bohme, 1. Greyhounds—Open class bitches W Livingstone's Lady 1; A Woodward's Juno, 2 ; M Donovan's Locket, 3 ; M Donovan's. Rose, h c.
Bulldogs—Open class (dogs), W J Ropers Jolimont Dr Grace, 1.
English Setters—Dogs, C Grave's Avon Wold shot, 1. Bitches, C Grave's Prestonpan's Desdemons, 1.
Team of setters, C Grave's team, 1. Irish setter dog, P C Ritches' Don, 1.
Beagles—Dogs, B Nicholson's Lealer, 1; C Candy's Durable, 2. Bitches, Mrs Hortmans Dainty, 3; C Candy's Lovely, 2; C Candy's Ladyship, 3. Puppies, C Candy's Durable 1;Mrs Hortman's D'ainty 2; B Nicholson's Lealer 3. Field Spaniels-Dogs H L Lewis' Slatey-Lyall, 1.
Bitches, C Allen's Corio Gypsy, 1.
Cocker Spaniels-Dogs,C Allen's Corio Darkie, 1; Dr Seed's Pluto, 2. Bitches, W Smyth's Portglenone Diamond,1;
C Griffiths' bitch, 2; Dr Seed's La Tosca, 3.
Puppy bitches B Burns' Biddy 1;L Mendelsohn's Flossie,2. Retrievers—Angus Milne's Darkie, 1; E Stewart's Rover, 2. COLLIES. Rough Novice Dogs—P Wickham's Talisman, 1; A M'Nanghton's Herd Laddie and R Patterson's Laddie, equal for second place ; Fisher's Kalgoorlie King, v h c;
G Wickham's Right Royal, h c. Rough Puppy Dogs—A M'Nanghton'e Herd Laddie and Mrs H Judd's Rex, equal for first place; H Fisher's Kalgoorlie King, 2.
Open Class, Rough Dogs—S Morris' Newland's Hero, 1 ;
G Wickham's Ashleigh Glen, 2; Mrs J Stewart's Karrakatta Roonga, 3; P Wickbarn's Talisman and Mrs H Judd s Rex, v h c; J Bridge's Prlnce of Wyoming, h c,
W.A. Bred Dogs—P Wickham's Talisman, 1; M'Nanghton's' Herd Laddie and Mrs H Judds Rex, equal for second place; H Fisher's Kalgoorlie King, v h c.
Rough Novice. Bitches—G Wickham's Marjorie, 1 ; G Wickham's Beryl, 2; J Skull's Otley Nellie, 3;
A M'Naughton's Flicker, v h c; G Wickham's Pulchra, c. Rough bitches (open class)— G Wickham's Marjorie, 1; G Wickham's Lady Lundy, 2 : Miss G Knox Peden's Holyrood Gertie 3.
Rough WA bred bitches, J Skull's Otley Nellie. 1; A M'Naughton's Flicker, 2. Best team of three, G Wickham's team, 3.
Fox Terrier (Smooth)—Novice bitches, W Chipper's Westella Chancellor, 1; G Thompson's Jester, 2;
G Thompson's Ally Sloper and W Witham's Jim Foiler, equal for third Place; Miss Daniell's Valentine, v h c. Puppy dogs, A Kewney's Westella Husser, 1;
G Thompson's Jerger, 2 - W Witham's Jim Foiler, 3 ;
W Chipper's Westella Charcoal and Miss Daniell's Valentine, v h c.
Dogs (open class), G Mallen's Doncaster, 1; W Chipper's Weatella Chancellor, 2; W Smyth's Portglenone Honesty and W Chipper's Westelia Loiter, equal for third place;
G Thompson's Ally Sloper, vhc; W Witham's Jim Foiler hc. WA. bred dogs, G Mallen's Doncaster, 1; G Thompson's Jester, 2 ; G Thompson's Ally Sloper, 3 ; W Witham's Jim Foiler, vhc; Miss D Judd's Joker, h c.
Novice bitches, W Rigg's Trilby, 1; W Glenn's Tyrone Fidget, G Brown's Hanbury Scrap, 3.
Puppy bitches, W Glenn's Tyrone Fidget, 1; G Browne's. Hanbury Scrap, 2 ; . G Mallen's White Rose, 3.
Horticultural Society of New South Wales, Bronze Prize, New South Wales, Australia, circa 1860
Towers Pastoral Agricultural & Mining Association
Bronze Prize, Queensland, Australia.
Awarded to- W.C. Bury, Best plant collection, May 1882
Port Augusta Dispatch,Newcastle,Flinders Chronicle (SA)
Friday 25 September 1891
Quorn Show Prize List.
HORSES.—Draught Stock—Judges—Messrs R. Heaslip, E. Saint, and F. McHugh
Entire, all comers, Murphy Bros.' Airlie's Pride, 1,
S. Liebech's Native Industry, 2 ;
Two-year-old do., Murphy Bros.' Clydesdale's Chief;
Three-year-old do., W. Beirworth ;
Yearling colt or filly, John McSkimming :
Brood mare, T. A. Smallcombe, 1, Charles Perry, 2 ;
Mare, all comers, Murphy Bros.' ;
Three-year-old filly. Mr Freebairn ;
Two-year old filly, A. Francis;
Pair plough horses, Hancock.
Blood and Other Stock.—Judge —Mr J. J. Swinden.
Entire, J. Cahill's "Joskin":
Three-year-old do J. Cahill's "Lord Clare". Messrs Cook & Sons, 2 ;
Two year-old do., J. Cahill;
Brood mare, J. Rock and Sons ;
Two-year-old filly, W. Beerworth ;
Weight-carrying hack, Mr Freebairn ;
Hunter, to jump 3ft. 6in. hurdles, R. Dodgson's "Bluebell" 1, R. Hotchin's "Tallyho," 2;
Buggy horses under 16 hands, Gale Bros.;
Single buggy horse, Murphy Bros., 1 ;
Lady's hack, Miss Buffham, 1, P. Lenane, 2 ;
Boys' pony (not over 12 hands, to be ridden by a boy),
W. Penna, 1, W. Armstrong, 2, J. Cahill, 3.
Two-year-old, or under, blood colt or filly (age to be con-sidered by the Judges), within 50 miles of Quorn, J. Cahill;
Pair buggy ponies over 12 1/2 hands and under 14 1/2 Murphy Bros, 1, M. Deinhoff, 2 ;
Pair buggy ponies, 12 1/2 hands or under, W. Penna ;
Boy's pony, over 12 1/2 and under 14 hands, W. Freebairn.
CATTLE. — Judges — Messrs Phillis and W. Abbott.
Bull, any breed, H. M'Coll, 1, A. Noll, 2 ;
Dairy cow, in milk, J. F. Miller, 1, Blight Bros., 2 ;
Best bred cow, H. M'CoIl, 1, Blight Bros., 2;
Two fat beasts, Blight Bros.;
Two-year-old bull, H. M'Coll:
Two-year-old heifer, H. M'Coll, 1, A. & J. M'Coll, 2.
SHEEP.—Judge—Mr E. Twopenny.
Pen merino rams, not worthy.
Merino ewes, Freebairn ;
Long-wool rams, A. Jones; do. ewes, A. Jones;
Five fat wethers in wool. Gale Bros.;
Five fat lambs, do., W. Freebairn ;
Two fleeces Merino wool, J. Cahill:
Two do.long-wool, A. Jones.
Judges much regret very low dispiay of wool.
SWINE.—Judge—Mr John Coad.
Berkeshire boar, W. Gunter. No competition in this line.
IMPLEMENTS.—Judges—Messrs Beerworth J. L. Funch and P. Donoughue.
Horserake, McLean Brothers and Rigg ;
3-furrow plough, Mellor Brothers, 1, R. Cameron, 2; s.j. do., (three or four furrows), Mellor Brothers, 1 ;
R. Cameron, 2 ;
Scarifier harrows. R. Cameron; s.j. harrows, R. Cameron; s.j. scarifier, Mellor Brothers : scarifiers, Mellor Brothers; Farmer s wagon, R. Cameron;
Carrier's do., Mellor Brothers ;
Express do., Davies Brothers, 1,
Carrieton; spring, dray and earthscoop, R. Cameron.
MACHINERY.Judges—A. Noll. L. Leopold and J. Heward.
Best pony reaper, Weisner and Hilbeg, Eudunda ; Winnower and bagger, Bagshaw;
Mower, Massey, 1,
Australian Import Company ; seed sower, May Bros.'
Disk Threshing Header, Bagshaw,
AGRICULTURAL PRODUCE. — Judges — Messrs T. Reid, J. Cook, and C. Pearce.
Best four bushels of wheat, A. and J. McColl;
Three bags chaffed hay, J. F. Miller (well worthy) ;
Bundle of greenfeed, G. Altman.
DAIRY PRODUCE.Judges, Messrs T. Reid, C. Pearce and J, Cook.
Fresh butter, Mrs. J. MacSkimming, 1, Miss McColl, 2, Mrs Willis, 3 ;
Two hams, Mr Freebairn, 1, Mr Willis, 2;
Spiced bacon, Mr Freebairn, J, Cahill;
Two flitches of bacon, Mr Willis. The judges consider bacon should be open when shown as flitches.
One dozen hen eggs, J. F. Miller;
One dozen duck eggs, Gale Bros, (particularly good) ;
One dozen turkey eggs, A. Jones,
VEGETABLES.—Judge—Mr J. Dunn.
Six cabbages, J, F. Miller;
White turnips, disqualified (more like blue tops);
Swedes, J. F. Miller;
Parsnips, J. F. Miller;
Carrots, Mr Willis;
Onions, J. A. Knox ;
Peas, J. F. Miller;
Collection of herbs, G. Altmann:
Lettuces, J. F. Miller.
FLOWERS.—Judges—Dr. Pooler, and Mr G. Altmann. Collection wild flowers, A. Joyce, 1, Flora Mclnnis, 2 ; Bouquet do., Mrs Willis;
Hand bouquet, W. Gunter;
Three cyclamens, G. Altmann. The whole collection of flowers was considered by the judges very poor.
MISCELLANEOUS.—Judge—Mr P. Gillis.
Collection saddlery, J- Rock & Sons;
Riding saddle, J, Rock & Sons ;
Home-made bread, A. & J. M'Coll (the only entry) :
Baker's bread, W. Russel.
Geese A. Jones;
Ducks, J. A. Knox ;
Turkeys, A. Jones, 1, Miss Knox, 2;
Light Brahmas, J. A. Knox; dark do., J. A. Knox;
Partridge Cochins, J. A. Knox ; white do., J. A.Knox;
White Leghorns, G. Nelson ;
Dorkings, J. A. Knox, 1, J. Phillis, 2 ;
Spanish, G. Nelson ;
Buff Cochins, A. Butter ;
Black red game, J. A. Knox, 1, T. Starr, 2 ;
Pile game, Knox, 1, Starr, 2 ;
Duckwing game, T. Starr ;
Malays, J. A. Knox ;
Hamburgs, J, A. Knox ;
Mixed breeds, J. A. Knox, 1, T. Starr, 2 ;
Bantams. J. A. Knox; any other breed, J. A. Knox (Indian game) ; Coop, not worthy, (1 entry).
Cattledog, P. Knox ;
Sheep-dog, J. E. C. Morris;
Kangaroo-dog, C. Meinck.
INDUSTRIALJudges Mr J.H. Davidson Mrs Craig, Mrs Noll.
Best got-up white shirt, Mrs G. Altmann;
Collection of plain hand-sewing, Miss Alberts ;
Knitted woollen stockings, Mrs Richardson;
Mechanical drawing, Mr J. H. Cameron. M 2.
Industrial for school children within a radius of 2 miles of Quorn, Class V.
Best copy-book completed, W. Saville;
Exercise-book, W. Savilie ;
Copy of invoice, J. Dunstan ;
Ornamental printing, W. Veale ;
Copy-book, J. Dodds ;
Exercise book, J. Dodds;
Copy of invoice, J. Dodds.
Class III.—copybook, J. Stafford ;
Exercise-book, W. Noll;
Copy of invoice, Sarah Lewis' Needlework--
Class V. —Darning hole in stocking webbing, Jenny Dunstan ; Set of 12 buttonholes, Jenny Dunstan; Specimen showing every variety of plain sewing, Jenny Dunstan ; Specimen of fancy work, Johanna Deinhoff.
Class IV.—Darning hole in stocking, mending, Mary Roberts; Pair knitted socks, Mary Roberts ;
Specimen shewing every variety plain sewing, Florence McHugh;
Specimen shewing hemming, seaming, stitching, gathering, and sewing on band, Queenie Cameron;
Bertha Havelberg, highly commended ;
Darning hole in stocking, mending, Bertha Havelberg. Class IV and V.—Best map of Australia, W. Veale ;
Drawing original birthday card. W, Veale.
As Farmers were keen to show off their Finest Wheat, or their Fattest Pig that they'd grown, Annual Exhibitions, or Shows became very popular, especially with Horses & Cattle.
Horticultural Societies began to emerge and compete as well
HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, TASMANIA. 1841
Launceston Courier (Hobart, Tas), Monday
20 December 1841
The first show of the season was held in the Infant School Room, in Frederick-street, on Friday the 17th, when the following prizes were distributed --
Lady Franklin's prize for the best kept cottage garden — awarded to George Mee, Cataract Hill
The Society's prize for the best kept market garden— to --- Moore, Patterson's Plains Road. Red Gooseberries— Mrs. Lawrence.
Small Red— J. Bonney.
Ditto imported, (Queen's Own)— J. Bonney. Large Green — D. Holingsworth.
Ditto, best newly imported— J. Bonney. Loquats— Mrs. Lawrence.
Red Currants— J. Bonney.
White ditto— J. Bonney.
Black ditto— Thomas Reibey.
Raspberries— C S. Henty. Second do S. Edsall. Cherries, May Duke— J. Bonney.
Second best— S. Smillie, Gardener.
White Heart- W. Henty. Second ditto— T. Bartley. Black Heart— J. W. Gleadow. Sec. do- S. Smillie Dried Cherries — J. Bonney.
Preserved Sloes— J. Bonney.
Apples of the previous season,
Stone Pippin— W. Henty.
French Crab— T. Bartley.
Russett— James Cox.
Best Melon— J. C. Underwood.
Broad Beans— J. Bonney.
Cucumber— George Mee, Gardener. Sec. ditto, Long Prickly — S. Smillie. Open Air ditto ditto. Three Seed ditto— ditto.
Green Turkey ditto. George Mee.
Peas (Mitford's Marrow)— C. S. Henty.
Cabbage (Emperor)— J. C. Underwood,
Second ditto— James Joss, Gardener.
White Norfolk Turnips— S. Smillie.
Stone Turnips— R. C. Gunn.
Potatoes, (Ash-leaved Kidney)— J. Knight, gardener. Second ditto— J. C. Underwood. Seedling Potatoes— James Joss.
Browns' River ditto— S. Smillie.
Onions, (White Spanish)— Thomas Archer. Brown Spanish— R. C. Gunn.
Eschalots— C. S. Henty.
Free Onion — R. C. Gunn.
Potato Onion — J. Knight.
Radish (Long White)— R. C. Gunn.
Lettuce— M. Kennedy.
Carrots, (Short-horned)— James Joss. Ditto, (Long-horned)— C. S. Henty.
Silver Beet— C. S. Henty.
Nerium Oleander— J. C. Underwood.
Native Bouquet— Miss Ellen Cox, Clarendon
Cockscomb— George Mee
Cactus Speciosa— John Knight.
Myrtle— J. C. Underwood. .
Verbena— Mrs. Cox.
White Balsam— J. C. Underwood.
Hydrangea — J. C. Underwood.
Roses— Rev. R. R. Davies.
Best Bouquet— C. S. Henty.
Varieties of Roses in Bouquet— Miss Eliza Cos.
At 2 o'clock, the Rev. 11. 11. Davies, president of the Society took the chair
50 Sovereigns & the Gold Medal, the Champion prize Awarded to- William Ross Jun. for the Intercolonial Ploughing Match 23rd Sept. 1874
Great Blackwell Pastoral Society Prize,
New South Wales, Australia, circa 1880
PASTORAL AND AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. 2nd (and last) Show October 1842
Geelong Advertiser (Vic), Mon 10 October 1842
The second show of the Pastoral and Agricultural Society of Australia Felix was held yesterday, at the Market Yards.
HORSES. The show of horses was on the whole inferior to the March show, though the number of animals entered was considerably larger and the competition much keener. Judges--Messrs. J.D. Baillie, W. I. T. Clarke, and J. Kissock.
The best blood stallion, was Mr. J. M. Pyke's Young Necromancer, four years old, the only entry.
The best colonial-bred blood stallion was Mr. Purves' bay horse Banker.
The best cart stallion, was Mr. Carmichael's black Clydesdale horse Farmers' Favorite.
The best colonial-bred cart stallion, was Mr. Synnot's dappled chesnut Suffolk-punch Ajax, six years old.
The best blood mare, was an imported dark bay mare the property of Mr. Purves.
The best cart mare, was an imported mare belonging to Mr. Carmichael.
The best colonial-bred draught mare was Mr. Sutherland's light bay.
The best coach mare was one be longing to Mr. Jamieson.
The best two years old colonial-bred colt, was the property of Messrs. Watson and Hunter.
The best yearling colonial-bred colt, was Mr. Synnot's dark iron grey colt Wanderer. The best two years old colonial-bred filly, adapted for the saddle, was one belonging to Messrs. Watson and Hunter.
The best yearling colonial-bred filly, adapted for the saddle, was the pro perty of Messrs. Watson and Hunter.
CATTLE. The show of cattle excited universal admiration, indeed we may venture to say, that in no other district in the Australian colonies could an exhibition of this kind take place which would not lose by comparison with yesterday's show. Judges--Messrs E. Curr, J. Thomson, R. Ainslie, T. Kissock and J. Bear.
The best bull of any breed, was an imported bull the property of Mr. Ryrie.
The best colonial bred bull was the property of Messrs Watson & Hunter.
The best pen of ten cows were the property of Messrs. Bolden.
The best cow of any breed, was Messrs. Bolden's imported cow, Lady Vane.
The best colonial-bred cow, was Messrs. Bolden's Young Queen.
The best two years old colonial-bred bull, the only entry was a bull the property of Mr. Kirk.
The best yearling colonial-bred bull, was the property of Messrs. Holden.
The best pen of five two-year-old colonial-bred heifers, was the property of Mr. J. B. Were.
The best pen of five yearling colonial-bred heifers, was the property of Messrs. Bolden.
The best two-year-old colonial bred heifer, was the property of Mr. McCarter.
The best yearling colonial-bred heifer, was the property of Messrs. Bolden.
SHEEP. Judges-Mr. Southey, Mr. Curr, and Mr. Clarke.
The best five fine woolled rams, were the property of Mr. James Macarthur.
The best five long woolled ewes, the only entry was a pen of five ewes the property of Mr. J. H. Patterson.
The best five fine woolled ewes, were the property of Mr. J. H. Patterson.
The best five fine woolled maiden ewes were the property of Mr. Aitken.
The best five fat wethers, the only entry was five wethers the property of Mr. Aitken.
SWINE.-The Judges for this class were Messrs, Bear and Thomson. The only swine shown was a sow, the property of Messrs. Watson and Hunter, to whom was awarded the premium for the best sow of any breed.
EXTRA STOCK. Two imported Leicester rams, imported by Mr. Hull, but now the property of Mr. J. H. Patterson, and were awarded a premium by the Judges. These animals excited much attention and admiration; they are, we understand, of the highest breed ever introduced into the colony. Mr. Kerr, the Secretary, at the close of the show declared the decision of the Judges with reference to the cattle, sheep, &c. ; the decision with regard to the horses was declared, and the winning animal shown, at the time of the exhibition.were awarded a premium.
PARRAMATTA SHOW, OPENING DAY 1891
Daily Telegraph (Sydney NSW) Mon 26 Jan 1891
His Excellency afterwards inspected the stock and exhibits generally, expressing himself favorably impressed with the horses, after which he was entertained at a banquet laid out in excellent style ia a pavilion. The president, Mr. Ritchie, presided, and in addition to the Governor and suite, there were also present— Messrs. F. Farnell, John Nobbs, Hugh Taylor and D. Dale, Ms. P., the Mayor of Parramatta (Mr. W. J. Ferris), tbe Mayor of Granville (Mr, Alban Gee), Drs. Brown, Bowman and S. Brown and about 50 others. Apologies were received from Sir Henry Parkes and Messrs. M'Millan, Drunker, Carruthers.
After the banquet the jumping contests were commenced, his Excellency remaining through-out the performances of the various horses, and personally congratulated Mr. H. Bennett, the owner and rider of the jumper Julia Ann, The show all round did not compare favorably with the last effort of the association. The horse section was a decided improvement, and a good class of animal was shown in the various classes.
There was no competition in blood stock. Neich's Hiram Woodruff won the prize for trotting stallion four years old, and in other classes fair specimens of Childe Harold's and Vermont Junior's stock were exhibited.
Mr. J. E. Onus was the principal exhibitor In heavy draught stock.
The prize for horse most suited to agricultural work went to Mr. T. Curry's Dolly, Mr. M. W. Best's Jimmy being second.
Best fruit growers horse was awarded to Mr. John Bridgefoot's Brownie.
Mr. R. J. Mackenzie secured the prize for best buggy horse with a fine gelding by Thunderbolt. Gentleman's hack was won by Mr. B. Neich's Parrot, and
Mr. F. Benson's cream mare secured the prize for best ponies (11 hands),
Mr. V. E. Fuller's Frenie the prize in 12 hands ponies, Mr. A, E. Forrest's Kate the prize in 13 hands and Mr. L. Martin's pony the prize in 14 hands.
Six competed in the horse jumping contest, and there was not a bad performer in tho lot. Mr. Bennett's Julia Aim secured the most number of points, and Mr. Luckey's Cremorue, Mr. E. Terry's Rocket and Mr. A. Staff's Duchess scored in that order. The event will be decided to-day.
Mr. Fuller's ponies Narrubeen and Frenie ran a dead heat in the pony trot, and quite a crowd of ponies competed in the pony jump, the per-formances in which were only moderate.
The cattle section was not very attractive. An exception, perhaps, were the Alderneys shown by Mr. John Bridgeport, which were well bred and in excellent condition. The same exhibitor scored well in the pig section.
Considering the time of the season the poultry section was not badly represented. Messrs. J. Palmer, S. Francis, S. Hancock, J. Savage, R. G. Whalen, J. Roughley, S. R. Watkins, J. Gosling, J.Dunn and Salter and Drake showed good birds. There was a fair display, the principal prize-winners being W. H. Smith, G. Bradshaw and T. Hancock. Dogs were keenly contested in some classes. Mr. Alban Gee showed a fine St. Bernard, and Mr. J. R. Tunks a good specimen of a Newfoundland.
Farm produce was scarce. In the vegetable class some excellent potatoes were shown,
Mr. D. Rumble securing two first prizes.
The display of fruit was meagre in the extreme, although some excellent fruit was shown by Messrs. W. Fagan and W. H. and S.Allen. Mr. E. Atkins, of Eulalia Nursery, took numerous prizes in the flowers, shrubs and plants section. The other sections were poorly contested.
Windsor & Richmond Gazette (NSW) 7 Feb 1891
The following awards, made at the above, will
interest our readers :
Stallion, 4 years old and over: J. E. Onus, Lyon of the Lyons, recommended for prize, J.E. Onus, Clan Campbell, ditto.
Stallion, 3 years old : J.E. Onus c, Pearl, re-commended for prize.
Stallion, 2 years old : J. E. Onus, Prince Charlie, recommended for prize.
Mare, 4 years old and over : J. E. Onus, Blossom 1, Robert Power, Doll 2.
Clean-legged Draught Stallion, adapted to pro-duce stock for agricultural purposes : J. E. Onus, c Freetrader 1.
Pair of Plough Horses : G. T. Roughley 1, M.
Pickle onions : Thos. John 1.
Beans (French or Calavance class) : H. Fong 1. Carrots : Henry Fong 1.
Vegetables : Henry Fong 1, Fagan Bros. 2. Pumpkins : Henry Fong 1.
Vegetable Marrow : Henry Fong 1.
Culinary Apples : Thomas John 1.
Culinary Pears : Thomas John 1.
Tomatoes : Henry Fong 1.
Rock Melons : W. H. Allen 1, Henry Fong 2.
Collection of seeds not less than three varieties of the millet and sorghum family : Thos. John 1. Collection of horticultural seed : Thos. John 1.
Maize (cob), large variety : M. Waters 1,
M. Waters 2.
Maize, red sprinie (known as Hogan's corn) :
M. Waters 1, M. Waters 2.
Sunflower seeds : Thos. John 1.
FRUIT SHOW AT PARRAMATTA.
Daily Telegraph (Syd, NSW) Wed 11 Feb 1891
The best show of fruit seen in the Parramatta district in the opinion of good judges was that opened in the Parramatta Town-hall yesterday in aid of the Parramatta District Hospital. The show was the third annual affair, promoted by the conductors of the Cumberland Argus. The Minister for Agriculture, Mr. S. Smith, had arranged to open the show, but owing to the arrival of a deputation from Newcastle he was compelled to forego the appointment, and telegraphed his apology and sympathy with that object of the show. Mr. Frank Farnell, M.P. for Central Cumberland, declared the show open in a few words, and on the platform, were Messrs. H. Taylor, R. A. Ritchie and D. Dale, M.P. All the classes of the show were keenly contested, and the judges (Messrs. F. Turner and Warren) had some difficulty in awarding the prizes......The feature of the show was the display of peaches. There was no less than 26 entrants in this class, and some beautiful fruit was shown by Messrs. Paterson, Smith, Wharf, Purser, Smith, Wilkinson, Ryan, Moore and Stimson. Quinces, nectarines and passion fruit were a fine display considering the season. Mr. Hemers won all the prizes for bottled fruits.
Following is the prize-list
General collection of fruit : W. Fagan, Galston, 1 W, Stieme, Fairfield, 2.
Citrus fruits S, Fagan, Dural. 1.
Oranges, best dozen : W. Pagan, Galston, 1 ; W. H. Alien, Castle-hill, 2.
Lisbon lemons : John Stranger, Kellyville, 1 ; James Alien, Pennant-hills, 2.
Table grapes : F. E. Barker, Moorbank, 1 ; W. Stieme, Fairfield, 2.
Wine Grapes: F. E. Barker, Moorbank, 1 ; .W, Stieme, Fairfield, 2.
Pears (collection) : W. H. Allen, Castle-hill, 1 ; Fagan Brothers, Dural, 2,
Dozen dessert : W. Pagan; Dural, 1 ; A. J, James, Castle-hill, 2.
Baking : S. Allen, Pennant-hills, 1 ; Maher Brothers, Pennant-hills, 2,
Bell pears : W. Pagan, Galston, 1; A. J. James, Castle-hill, 2.
Apples (collection) : W. H. Allen, Castle-hill, 1 ; Maher Brothers, Pennant-hills, 2.
Dessert, dozen : W. H, Allen, Castle-hill. 1 ; W. Fagan, Dural, 2.
Cooking : Ethel Rouse, Mudgee, 1 ; W. II. Allen, Castle-hill, 2.
Peaches (collection) : W. H. Allen, Castle-hill 1 ; T. Flint, Kellyville, 2.
Quinces : W. H. Allen, Castle hill, 1 ; W. Fagan, Galston, 2.
Nectarines : W. H. Allen, Castle-hill, 1 ; W. G. Bladon, Parramatta, 2.
Passion fruit: W. Fagan, Galston, 1 ; S. Fagan, Dural, 2.
Jeillies, jams and bottled fruits : J. Hemers, Kenthurst, four prizes.
Best bouquet : W. Stieme, Falrfied, 1 ; T. Smith, Dundas, 2.
The show will remain open this evening when the fruit will be disposed of for the hospital. The 3rd Regiment band was in attendance. Late in the afternoon the Minister for Agriculture, accompanied by the director (Mr. H. C. L. Anderson) visited the show and expressed much gratification at the display. Mr. Anderson made arrangements for securing some of the fruit for models.
Tasmanian International Exhibition
Silver Prize 1891-1892
South Australia- Gawler Agricultural Horticultural & Floricultural Soc. Bronze Prize c1880 Mint:Stokes & Martin dies-Harry Stokes
Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA), Friday 3 November 1893
NORTHAM AGRICULTURAL SHOW.
The annual show was favored with beautiful. spring weather on Friday, and the public attendance on the show ground was large for the district, being somewhat over a thousand. .....................................The principal townsmen and settlers mustered in strength..............The president, Mr C. E. Dempster, the treasurer, Mr. Madden, the active secretary, Dr. Dun'op, the Mayor. Mr. Byfield, the local M.L.A., Mr. Throssell, and his active partner Mr. Stewart,.... Among the visitors, besides the Premier and colleagues, were Lady Forrest, Mr. Richard Hardy, M.L.C., Mr. Hamersley, M.L.C., Mr. Loton, M.L.A., Mr. Robert D. Hardy, Mr. R. G. Burges, Mr. W. G. Hearman, Mr. Davies, General Traffic Manager, and other visitors from York, Perth, and Fremantle. ..............
The Awards. Horses. - - Mr. Ross's Duke (formerly Musson's), a handsome animal in high condition, far away the best, took the prize. Imported blood mare, H. Leeder 1.
Colonial entire, T. -Wilding's Mischief 1. Imported draught entire, E. Dempster's Scotch Thistle 1 , mare, L. Smith 1, W. T. Loton 2.
Special prize for draught mare, 18 entries, most of them very good, W. T. Loton 1.
Colonial draught entire, H. Leeder 1 ;
ditto mare, J. Wilkerson 1 ;
ditto two-year-old mare, J. Morrell 1.
Four horse team, E. Dempster ;
Two-horse team, R. Smith 1.
Gentleman's hack, Dr. Dunlop's Niger, ridden by himself.
Pair Buggy horses, good entries, Dr. Dunlop 1, Mr. Stewart's pair being smart and well handled.
Single buggy horse, Mr. Gibbings 1.
Ladies' hacks, Mr. Ross's handsome blood-horse Duke, ridden in smart professional style by Miss Leslie, was distinctly the best, and took the 1st prize.....Mrs. Slater a good second......
Sheep. — The strongest section in the Show, Mr. Loton led, as usual, in imported merino rams; Dr. Dunlop showing the best colonial merino ram, which he sold to Mr. Burges, of the Tipperary estate ; Mr. Wilding's ram, 2nd. The judges highly commended three other rams exhibited by Dr. Dunlop.
Two-tooth colonial merino ram, Loton 1, E. Dempster 2 ; ewes, Dr. Dunlop 1 and 2.
Two-tooth merino ewes, Loton 1, Dr. Dunlop 2. Fat wethers, J. Wilkerson- 1, G. Wilkerson 2.
Fat lambs, Wilding 1, T. French 2.
Long-wool rams, R. Burke 1, J. Morrell 2 ;
ditto ewes, R. Burke 1 and 2.
Crossbred ewes, Morrell 1, French 2.
Cattle. — Few but good in quality
Imported bull, E. Dempster's shorthorn, 1 ;
ditto cows, Dr. Dunlop 1 and 2.
Colonial bull, J. Wilkerson's shorthorn 1, Dr. Dunlop 2 ;
Milk cow, A. Madden 1. J. Wilkerson 2 ;
Fat bullocks Wilding 1 & 2; cows, Wilding 1 & 2
Pigs--Very few. Boar E. Dempster 1, Throssell 2
Sow Dempster 1, Throssill 2; Poultry-few shown
Vegetables.— Good samples, little competition.
Best collection, Throssell 1, Dr. Dunlop 2.
Wine.— White, Whitfield 1, Mrs, Twyne 2 ;
Red, Whitfield 1 and 2.
Butter-- Miss A. Dempster 1; Miss Bresnahan 2. Raisins. —Cooking, Wilding 1 ;
Table raisins, Wilding 1, Twyne. 2.
Currants.— Twyne 1, Morgan 2.
Flowers. — Very fine, the roses especially Miss Harkness and Miss Wilding equal for roses. Implements. --Best farming collection, Throssell, Son, and Stewart.
Collection of, 'W.'A'. manufacture, no proper entry, but Mr. Thackrah showed a stripper, which was commended.
Prizes given for various minor exhibits.
Saddlery.— Mr. R. Smith, of Perth, showed saddles, harness, &c., well finished. .....At the show luncheon the attendance was moderate, but not equal to expectation. Mr. C. E. Dempster occupied the chair as president.
Coolgardie Miner (WA), Sat 20 May 1899
THE DOG AND POULTRY SHOW-POULTRY .
Mr J. C. Coupe, the judge in all sections.....
The following was the result of the judging .—
Brahmas — light hen or pullet, W G Hearman, hen, 1. There was a second exhibit in this class by Mrs J. Jerges, but as the bird was a cockerel it was not awarded a prize.
Cochins—Buff or cinnamon him or pullet, W G Hearman, hen, 1.
Partridge cock or cockerel, W G Hearman cock
Langshans—Cock or cockerel, W G Hearman, cock, 1; A Foote, cockerel, 2.
Hen or pullet, J C Skull, pullet, 1; W Hearman, hen, 2; W Beare pullet, 3
British Game—:Black-red cock, A Orton, H.Thorne, 2; T Corlett, 3.
Black-red - hen, W Hearman, 1; T Corlett, 2;
H. Thorne, 3 ; A Orton, v .h c; W Hearman,-h c.
Any color cock, W Hearman, 1; J Crease, -2;
A Heine, 3.
Any color cockerel, J Merrifield, 2.
Any color hen, W Hearman, 1 and 2.
Any color pullet, J Merrifield, 1 and ,2;
J Crease, 3
Malay Game—Black red cock, A Heine, 1; Orton and Wallis, 2.
Black red hen, W Hearman, . 1; Orton and Wallis, 2; W Dennie, 3, and v h c :
Any color cock, Orton and. Wallis, 1; W Beare, 2. Any color cockerel, W Hearman, 1. and 2.
Any color hen, W Hearman, 1 and 2
Any color pullet, Orton and Wallis, 1.
Indian Game—Cock, W- Hearman, 1; R Millen, 2; W Hearman, 3. Hen, W Hearman, 1,2 and 3.
Plymouth Rock—Cock, W Hearman, 1.
Hen, W Beare, Hearman, 2,3, and h c.
Dorkings—Any color cock or cockerel,
W Hearman, 1 and 2.
Any color hen or pullet, W Hearman, 1. Orpington, tangle comb—Cock,. W Hearman, 1. Cockerel, W Campbell, 1. Pullet, W Campbell, 1. Wyandotte-—Golden COCK or cockerel,
W Beare, cock, 1; hen or pullet, W Beare, 1.
Silver cock or cockerel, W Hearman, 1; M'Kay and Edwards, 2.
Silver hen or pullet, W Hearman, 1 and 2. Spanish—Cock or cockerel, W Hearman, cock 1 Hen or pullet, W Hearman, 1 and 2.
Andalusian—Cock, W-Jouning, 1.
Cockerel, W Jouning, 1.
Hen, W Jouning, 1; Orton and Wallis, 2;
W Jouning, 3.
Minorca—Cock, J Kinnear, 1; F Robertson, 2 ;
F Bunsell, h c.
Cockerel, F Robertson, 1 ; E. Thompson, 2 and 3; W Hearman, v h c.
Hen, W Lodge, 1; E. Thompson, 2 ; F Bunsell, 3; G-Mallen, h c (for two birds).
Pullet, E. Thompson, 1; F Robertson, 2;
F Bunsell, 3; W Lodge, v h c; W J Cochrane, h c. Leghorn.—-White cock, E Thompson, 1.
Hen, M'Kay and Edwards, 1; E Thompson, 2; Orton and Wallis, 3.
Brown cock, G Mallen, 1 and 2; — Thomas 3. Brown hen, A Orton, 1 and 2; W Cochrane, 3. Any color cockerel, E Thompson,.1; J Carter, 2; A M'Nab, 3; W Hearman h c c and c; A M'Nab h c
Any color pullet,G Mallen, 1; A Leane, 2;
W Cochrane, 3; E Thompson, v h
Hamburg—Gold or silver-spangled cock , or cockerel, Shirley White, cocks, 1 and 2 Gold or silver spangled hen or pullet, 8 White, hens, 1 and 2; Mrs D Uhr, hen, 3.
Gold or silver pencilled cock or cockerel,
F Bunsell, cock, 1.
Gold or silver-pencilled hen or pullet, F Bunsell, hen, 1.
Black cock or cockerel J Ainslie cockerels 1 & 2
Black hen or pullet, J Ainslie, pullets, 1
Polish—Any color hen or pullet,- Mrs J Stewart, pullets, 1 and 2.
Bantams (Game)—Any color cock or cockerel, W Hearman, cock, 1.
Any color Hen or pullet, Mrs S Goezel, hen, 1;
W Hearman, hen, 2.
Any other variety cock or cockerel, W Hearman, 1 and 2. ditto hen or pullet, W Hearman, 1 and 2
Turkeys—American bronze cock, J Carter, 1; American bronze hen,-J.Carter, 1 and 2.
Goose—Any variety gander, Miss M Andrews, jew-winged gander, 1; F Vickerman, 2.
Any variety goose--J Vickerman, . 1; Miss M Andrews, three jew-winged geese,2.
Ducks—Aylesbury Drake, E Linkson, 1.
Aylesbury duck, J Carter, 1: E Linkson, 2. Rouen drake, J Carter, 1.
Rouen duck, W Smyth, 1; J Carter, 2.
Pekin drake & duck W Hearman, 1 and 2.
Any variety drake—one exhibit, no award. Any other-variety duck, one exhibit, no award.
Any Other Class-Cock or cockerel, Heine cock 1
hen or pullet A Heine hen 1; J Richardson hen 2
Heavy Classes—Heaviest pair, cock or cockerels, Mrs J Stewart, cockerel, 1.
Sale Class—Miss Kate Lawrence,
Orpington hen (£1 4b), 1; J. Arnold, Cochin hen (£1.1s), 2; G Mallen, Minorca hen (£1 1s), 3 Miss Kate Lawrence, Minorca hen (£1 1s), h c J Carter, brown Leghorn cock (£1 10s) c Miss Kate Lawrence, Minorca hen (£1.1.) c.
Ballarat Horticultural Soc, Pioneer Committee
A very unusual slant on the Agricultural Societies-
Inquirer and Commercial News (Perth, WA) Wednesday 13 April 1859
Prizes for the Agricultural Labourer.
This is the agricultural season. Associations are holding their annual meetings; ploughing matches & cattle shows are the order of the day. The fortunate exhibitors of the best fat ox, cow & calf, yearling bull & heifer etc. carry off their prizes. Agricultural skill should be encouraged & one way of encouraging it is by open competition and prizes.
It is well known that these Associations were originally set up to act as a sop to the labouring class in its first struggles with the New Poor Law regime & the alternative of starvation or the workhouse; They have since that time grown into a more business-like shape, still they keep up the remains of the old philanthropitcal pretence in the shape of prizes to labourers.
Here is the list; you see it in almost every report of & meeting of an Agricultural Association: --
To Giles Scroggings, for 30 years' honest, faithful & diligent service as a farm labourer, £5;
To John Jones, for being an excellent father of a family, £2 10s; To Widow Brown, for having brought up a family of six children without parish relief, £5; To James Naylor, for having been an unexceptionable carter for 15 years, £2 10s, and so on, for being respectable; for being attentive, for being punctual, for being honest, ten, fifteen, or ten years, 30s, 40s, or 50s.
The honest man pronounces to be the "noblest work of God," comes out, in the great Agricultural equation, of the same value as a prize boar or the best fat ox. Let them propose a series of questions on this branch of the science. Given— eg. — a prize cup, value £25 for the best field of swedes, £2 for the best boar pig~to find true value of a servant maid with a three years' character.
The point we complain of is plain language the humbug of these donations pretending to be judicial recompenses; & of these Commtttees of Agricultural Associations assuming the functions of lofty tribunals for the reward of virtue. There is nothing of the kind for any other class. To reward a respectable farmer, or skipper, or linen draper, or green grocer, for having been a good father of a family, for having been honest to all who dealt with him, for having been a respectable citizen and never having been taken up by the police, for having gone regularly to a place pf worship every Sunday. Yet here are judicial Boards sitting now in every county, of England, pretending to reward moral merit in the class of labourers.
The five-pound note is in itself a nice thing enough for the widow, but how absurd to invest it with this judicial pomp to 'award' it as a recompense, for the woman's high principle and conduct, and stamp it with the inscription "Proemium virtutis!"
Did we acknowledge this standard we should be strongly disposed to excite a mutiny among the virtuous, a demand for higher pay, a spirited emeute a ' strike,' a refusal to work till the masters came down with better wages. Such a result would be rather appalling, and would make our Agricultural Board feel rather uncomfortable.
But the truth is, this whole money estimate of virtue is an absurdity. How can you pretend to 'award' a recompense for a life of honesty in the shape of a sum of money? Perhaps our Boards will say they do not pretend to do so, that they give the money, and that is all they do and there is no harm in that. Why all this show of 'awarding,' why this solemn scale of pecuniary recompense, and this adjustment of money to to do with rewarding other persons' servants? Surely, if a farm servant has conducted himself faithfully and honestly, and given his master the advantage of many years of efficient service the proper person to reward him is his own master.
Our advice to these Agricultural Associations, then, would be to confine themselves more within the proper limits of the task which belongs to them.
Medals - Agricultural Societies of Australia
Speed the Plough
Port Phillip Farmers' Society, Silver Prize, Victoria, Australia, 1857
The Plough was Vitally important, as - 'No Crops, No Food'
Poetry & Songs were even written in honour of 'The Plough'
Songs about the plough
Song- God Speed the Plough (Vocal)
Speed the Plough- Traditional Music of Cambridgeshire 1:19
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV)
Old Charlie the 44 year Old Horse
Launceston Advertiser (Tas), Mon 26 Sept 1831
Genesis in Ploughing Match
The Argus 22 September 1922
Even a Play about the plough
Sydney Herald (NSW), Monday 31 July 1837
A 'Speed the plough' play in 1837 & another one in 1988
Speed-the-Plow is a 1988 play by David Mamet that is a satirical dissection of the American movie business
PLOUGHING.--TWO ACRES IN EIGHT HOURS!
In consequence of a challenge given by a gentleman of Bridgwater (Tasmania), that he would find a man who should plough two acres of land in eight hours, the sum of £50 was offered on Time by an unbeliever in the possibility of the feat, nor could it appear to those who are well acquainted with farming matters that he was rash in so doing. A match, therefore, was mutually agreed upon, and £100 duly posted-the terms being that the furrows should not be more than nine Inches wide, but with no limit to :depth so long as it was fair ploughing. When the match was first announced in public print, it was accidentally mentioned that the depth was to be nine inches, instead of the width, a task that would take four horses and two long days to accomplish; and many were the scouting remarks made at the fully of the attempt. However, though the error was soon rectified, the odds were still against the. ploughman. On the day appointed, Patrick Manton was brought forward as the competitor, his team being a pair of young 4-year old mares, belonging to Mr. John King. The ground selected was on the farm of Mr. Blacklow, at the Black Brush, a light sandy loam being, of course, the chosen soil. As the work proceeded it was long doubtful whether Manton could finish by the given hour, nor was it till the last quarter of an acre was being turned over that those who had laid against him found themselves on the losing side. About twelve minutes within the allotted time he completed his arduous labour, nor were he nor the horses materially distressed. We doubt if this feat has ever been surpassed in this colony or elsewhere, more especially if the work were as thoroughly well done as we are told it was.
Goulburn Herald and County of Argyle Advertiser (NSW), Wednesday 17 August 1859
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