On Saint Patrick’s Day 17 March 1877 a ploughing match was held near the Seven Mile Hotel on Brisbane Road. It was such a success that the Gympie Times wrote an article suggesting a Farmers’ Association is needed. After fundraising the first meeting was held on 12 April 1877 of the Gympie Agricultural Society with Dr. Benson as chair. After discussion the name to be used was the Gympie Agricultural, Mining and Pastoral Society – this was motioned by Mr Black and seconded by Mr Massey. A committee was formed soon after and during the next few months the committee set about securing land to hold an exhibition on, being “Tucker’s Paddock”. The first show called “First Exhibition” was held on Tuesday October 16 and 17 1877.
[taken from: All hands to the plough: a history of the Gympie District Show Society, Inc by Pat Towner. Published by Gympie Regional Council, 2012.]
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