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The Armidale Show, 1890

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The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843 – 1893), Thursday 6 March 1890

The Armidale Show.

(From our Correspondent.)

The twelfth exhibition of the Armidale and New England P. and A. Society took place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday last, and notwithstanding the terrible weather that was experienced for some weeks before the Show — heavy rain falling from day to day — was a great success. Wednesday morning broke fine, but cloudy, and a slight fall of rain occurred about noon, while the sky was very threatening. The doubtful state of the weather prevented many from attending on the first day, but Thursday proving fine upwards of 3003 people attended, and the Show Ground presented a very lively appearance.

Some of the exhibits were rather late arriving, and others from a distance that were forwarded by rail arrived too late for the judging. How this occurred is one of the mysteries of our railway management, and considering that small parcels sent by mail train did not arrive until a day after they should have, I think the senders have every reason to demand an explanation from the responsible officers of the department.

First in interest of the exhibits was undoubtedly the shearing machines, two of which, “The Silver” and “The Australian Shearer,” were in full work on the show ground, driven by steam, and both did excellent work, and the public crowded round them during the whole period of the show. The Silver competed, and won the medal, the Australian Shearer being exhibited non-competitive. You have recently had a notice of the Silver, which hails from Tamworth, and the inventor (Mr. Silver) was here to superintend the working of his machine. The Australian Shearer was formerly known as Suckling’s, and is worked by means of compressed air. Both machines were critically watched by an interested public, and I have no doubt the exhibition will lead to the introduction of both on various sheep stations on New England.

The show of sheep was wretchedly small as a whole, although there was keen competition in the farmers’ section, and it is worth noting that this section carried off both champion prizes. Cattle were plentiful, and some splendid animals were shown, Mr. Jas. Moore carrying off the champion prize for bull with his well-know Hereford bull Rufus. Blood horses were not numerous, but some good animals were exhibited, Mr. Carroll winning the blue for blood stallion with “Free Selector,” and Mr. McKinlay’s “Shales” carrying off the honour for best trotting stallion, while Mr. Geo. Chisholm’s “Lulu” took the blue as best blood mare. Draught horses were numerous and good. Mr. J. O. Turnbull secured the first prize and champion medal with his horse “Ivanhoe’s Conqueror” in a field of eight, and Mr. W. Relton took the blue for Clydesdale mare. A large number of draught foals were exhibited, and the draught horses in harness did some splendid tests. The dog and poultry classes were well filled, and there was keen competition almost throughout.

Coming to the pavilion, the first to strike a stranger to our district would be the display of fruit. It was splendid. The apples shown by Messrs. J. Faint, Jackes Bros., J. Bradley, W. Cleghorn, and J. Cameron, were rich and beautiful, and called forth not a little admiration from visitors. Other fruits, such as pears, quinces, plums, etc., were also good, and Mr. Paterson, of Calrossy, sent some remarkably fine peaches, which unfortunately, through the delay of the railway department, arrived too late for judging. Mrs. Craigie, of Box Hill, secured the prize for collection of fruit, which included apples, pears, peaches, quinces, figs, grapes, plums, oranges, lemons, blackberries, &c. The show of vegetables was also excellent, the exhibits of potatoes and the collections of vegetables being above the average. Mr. W. Simpson, of Black Mountain, secured the prize for bag of potatoes, and Mr. Relton, of Guyra, for varieties. Grain was also good ; Mr. A. Holloway, near Armidale, winning both prizes for wheat against good competition.

The display of minerals from the N. S. W. Mines Department, under the supervision of Mr. Carne, attracted attention, and was instructive as well as entertaining. Mr. Jenkins, of Herbert Park, and Mr. G. McKeon, Armidale, also had a magnificent display of minerals, and Mr. Moses showed a collection of antimony ore from the Eleanora Mine, Hillgrove.

The show of agricultural implements was good, Mr. W. Butler, of Armidale, taking most of the prizes. Many of the Sydney exhibits arrived too late for judging. Messrs. Griffin and McMahon, Uralla, and Mr. Jenkins, came to the fore with exhibits in wool, and Messrs. Griffin and McMahon, B. A. Moses, and W. Drew took most of the prizes in the leather line. Mr. W. Y. Cousins, of Bebeah, Singleton, had a magnificent display of wines, which deservedly carried off the prizes, and were tested with satisfaction by connoisseurs.

The school exhibits were more numerous than usual, and some of them displayed ability and talent, while the exhibits in the “domestic industry ” sections were also very good.

Taken throughout the exhibition was the best yet held here, and may be pronounced to have been a great success. The various officers of the society worked with a will, and the exhibition just closed gives some idea of what might be done here if the people were to join together and work, with a will to make the Armidale Show what the district entitles it to be, one of the best in New South Wales. We are still a long way behind Maitland and Singleton, but are on a fair way to catch up to them. All that is required to do this, is unity, which unfortunately does not prevail, but every year we are securing new exhibitors, and the tendency is to sink the petty differences that have marred almost everything calculated to send the district ahead in the past. I believe this last Show has had a good effect, and that greater efforts will be made to render the next one in every way worthy of our district.

Armidale, 1st March, 1890.

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