|The first agricultural society in Australia was formed in Hobart
on 1 January 1822. Other Australian colonies soon followed, with
agricultural shows being established in New South Wales 1822, Perth
in 1829, Adelaide in 1839 and Port Phillip/Victoria in 1840.
These societies took the lead in establishing agricultural shows
and making them an indispensable part of Australian life.|
Today, agricultural shows still play an important part in Australian life.
More than six million people attend the 600-odd shows throughout Australia, where a variety of activities and exhibits take place and owners of livestock and well-groomed dogs, entrants in equestrian events, wood choppers, and cake makers and decorators vie to take out prestigious prizes. There is also the grand parade in which prize animals, led by their owners, fill the arena. These events play an important role in educating Australia