Melbourne Royal Celebrates 175 Years of History
In 2023, Melbourne Royal proudly celebrates 175 years since the organisation was first formed in 1848 by a group of farmers who were then known as the Moonee Ponds Farmers’ Society and conducted ploughing matches to improve agriculture.
Celebrating our Past, Cultivating our Future
From the first ploughing match held in 1848, Melbourne Royal has remained Victoria’s home to great blue-ribbon competitions, world-class food and beverage award programs and vibrant events. 175 years later, Melbourne Royal is still organising events and competitions and is a protector for the state’s agricultural legacy.
Show visitors in 2023 appreciated the Melbourne Royal Museum pop-up, the historic timeline wall located alongside the Poultry Pavilion, and the heritage displays within the competition areas.
The Show Goes On, a 9News special event celebrating 175 years of Melbourne Royal
Celebrate the enduring legacy of the Melbourne Royal Show with this amazing 9News Special – The Show Goes On.
Hosted by Peter Hitchener and Alicia Loxley, this heartwarming program commemorated Melbourne Royal’s remarkable 175-year journey from 1848 to the present day.
The Show Goes On not only celebrates the history of the Melbourne Royal Show, but also pays tribute to the people who have made it an enduring and cherished tradition. It’s a testament to the fact that, generation after generation, the show will always go on, connecting people and spreading joy.
Governor-General opened the 2023 Melbourne Royal Show
The 2023 Melbourne Royal Show was inaugurated by His Excellency David Hurley, the Governor-General, at 11:30 am on the opening day, Thursday, September 21, in the Horses in Action Arena. To commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Melbourne Royal, the event featured the participation of 100 personnel from Australia's Federation Guard, the Air Force Band, and a flypast by an Air Force Roulette aircraft and historic aircraft from No. 100 Squadron, all joining to formally welcome the Governor-General.