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At the Brisbane Ekka, 1950-1977 – the Centaur Memorial Fund’s money spinner

Extract from the Brisbane Telegraph, 3 September 1949, in Scrapbook OMEG 19_1, Centaur Fund Records, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

In this Ekka week, Dr Madonna Grehan, 2015 John Oxley Fellow, revisits a relic of Sideshow Alley. Over the years, at Brisbane’s Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association’s Exhibition (RNA, the Ekka) the Centaur Memorial Fund for Nurses operated a Chocolate Wheel, like the one pictured here at the Southport Show in September 1949. In … Read more

What ever happened to “The Exhibition Punch”? (1878)

Front page of The Exhibition Punch, 23 August 1878. State Library of Queensland collection

SLQ’s collection contains numerous Queensland newspapers, magazines and other serials. Some of these publications ran for many, many years, while others fizzled out after a short run. A noteworthy example of a short-lived serial from our collection is The Exhibition Punch, which was published to coincide with the Brisbane Exhibition of 1878. The Exhibition Punch … Read more

Enjoying The Ekka

Two young girls enjoying themselves at the RNA Show, 1946. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Neg 102785

The first Brisbane Exhibition “The Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876” was held almost 140 years ago.  Variously called The Show, The Exhibition, The Ekka, The RNA Show, The Brisbane Exhibition and The Royal Queensland Show, it has been held almost every year since then. The only cancellations were in 1919 (due to the influenza epidemic) and … Read more

Weird and wonderful exhibits at the Brisbane Ekka

Kath and Len Shillam modelling a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II in butter, Brisbane, 1954. State Library of Queensland. Image number: 6015-0025-0006

Throughout its long history the Brisbane Exhibition (the EKKA) has proudly exhibited Queensland’s industries and produce. To emphasize the growth and prosperity of these industries many exhibitors constructed highly elaborate and detailed exhibits of their products to wow audiences.  Many went to great pains to turn mundane everyday items and products, such as soap packets, pineapples, bacon, tobacco and butter into works of art. Here … Read more

Looking back at the Ekka

Milling crowds at the Brisbane Exhibition, August 1935 - John Oxley Library Image number 121272

Since the first Exhibition of 1876 held at Bowen Park with an estimated attendance of 15,000-17,000 when Brisbane’s total non indigenous population was only 27,000,  Brisbane’s RNA Exhibition has been an annual event.  Initially a grand affair, with men attending in their suits and ladies in their finest garments, food was served on long tables … Read more