About Us

A brief picture of a long history...

An Agricultural Society was first formed in South Australia in 1839 and was based on the principals of the Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. Another Society with broader horizons encompassing greater interest in horticulture was formed in 1842 and over time the two amalgamated. The Society was formed"for the advancement of agricultural and pastoral knowledge, and to promote the development of the natural resources of our noble colony."

On 8 December 1840, the first Produce Show was staged in the yards of Fordham's Hotel, Grenfell Street, Adelaide. The exhibits included vegetables, cereals, and cheese, wool and leather goods.

In 1843 the first Livestock Show was held on 20 October at Payne's Hotel yards in Hindley Street, and the first Ploughing Match was held on Dr Mayo's block at Thebarton. 

Having held Shows at various locations in the city for many years, the Wayville site was purchased in 1911, with a lease signed in 1913 for a period of ninety- nine years. The Society finally moved to Wayville in 1925 and currently holds a lease until 2062.

The Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia Inc is the organiser of the State's largest event, the Royal Adelaide Show, which attracts approximately 40% of South Australia's population. Further to this, the Adelaide Showground provides facilities to more than 100 exhibitions, conventions and banquets each year.

Our Charter

To contribute to the success and promotion of Primary Industry, predominantly in South Australia through the staging of events and the rewarding of excellence.

This is achieved through:

  • Ensuring the continuing success and relevance of the Royal Adelaide Show to both industry and the community.
  • Staging corporate, industry and community based events and exhibitions.
  • Successfully operating and managing an exhibition and public event venue.
  • Educating the community about the importance of Primary Industry in the economy and in their lives through bringing urban and country Australia together.

Please click here to download a copy of the RA&HS Regulations.

Society Charter