Royal Bathurst Show's colourful start

ORIGINAL: J W Lowe, the president of the initial show held in the Bathurst region.

ORIGINAL: J W Lowe, the president of the initial show held in the Bathurst region.

The Royal Bathurst Show had its origins in ploughing matches held by the O’Connell, Macquarie Plains, Campbell’s and Fish River Agricultural Association. 

Under the guidance of Mr J W Lowe, the group held their first show on Easter Monday in 1860 at O’Connell Plains. 

It was reported: “The day was clear and fine and the attendance of visitors was numerous for their first show. The road from Bathurst to O’Connell very rarely presented a scene of so much gaiety and splendour as was witnessed on that occasion. 

“The first part of the day’s display consisted of the ploughing matches which took place in a large paddock belonging to Mr H M Fulton, Esq. These ploughing contests used hand-made timber ploughs known as ‘Wooden Swing Ploughs’. 

“Considering it was the first show of the kind in the Bathurst district, the yards presented a very credible appearance. There were some very good horses, both old and young ... but only two pens of the woolly type.”