The Colony of South Australia was settled by purchase of land from the South Australian Company.


The South Australian Agricultural Society was formed - "for the advancement of agricultural and pastoral knowledge, and to promote the development of the natural resources of our noble Colony".


The first Produce Show was held on 8 December in the yards of Fordham's Hotel, Grenfell Street. The exhibits were vegetables, cereals, cheese, wool and leather. The next Show was held in March 1841.


The first Livestock Show was held on 20 October in Hindley Street. The first Ploughing Match was held on Dr Mayo's block at Thebarton - one of the ploughs was locally made.


The Shows were staged in Botanic Park (between the present Zoo and Royal Adelaide Hospital sites).


The Society organised and staged the first combined produce and livestock exhibition in a large marquee in Botanic Park. John Ridley's historic reaping machine, invented and manufactured in his Hindmarsh workshop and used successfully in 1843 was a feature exhibit at the Show. Local beer was exhibited for the first time.


South Australian wine was exhibited for the first time. There were two classes and two exhibits.


The annual Livestock Shows were held opposite the Newmarket Hotel.


Samples of South Australian wheat were sent to compete in the great Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. One sample grown at Mt Barker won first prize "against the world".


The Show was cancelled because of "Gold Mania" in Victoria.


The Society had the use of the Colony's first Exhibition building for the Show for the first time. The building was completed at the end of 1859 at a cost of £2,000.


Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Colony and opened the Show. Prince Alfred accepted the role of Patron of the Society.


Entries for the wine classes at the Show had increased to such an extent that a completely separate Wine Show had to be organised. There were 327 entries including some from New Zealand.


Electricity came to South Australia and transformed the Showground and the Jubilee Building. The oval and trotting track were floodlit and the night Shows became very popular.


The first annual Pruning Match was staged at Mrs Holbrook's vineyard at Underdale. There were 23 competitors.


The Jubilee building on North Terrace, opposite the old site, became home for the Show until the move to Wayville in 1925


The Society passes the 2,000 membership mark - the first Society in Australia to do so.


The Jubilee Building and Showground is converted into a hospital and quarantine camp to cope with the massive European influenza epidemic that killed an estimated 21 million people (563 South Australians).


The Autumn Show combined with the Spring Show leaving this as the annual exhibition of South Australia's endeavours.


The Royal Adelaide Show moved to the current site in Wayville.


It is thought that this was the year the first Sample Bags (Showbags) were given away.


The Centennial Hall was built to commemorate South Australia's centenary year.


The Showground is occupied by the Armed Forces for the duration of the Second World War as the mobilisation, training and subsequent demobilisation centre.


The Heavy Horse Memorial Club opened.


 The College of Arms granted the Society its armorial bearings (ensigns, arms, crest supporter and motto).


Queen Elizabeth II confirmed the Society's entitlement to the "Royal" prefix.


The Showground facilities and staff were used to assist the Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Government to handle the aftermath of Darwin's Cyclone Tracy disaster.


The Wayville Pavilion was built.


The RA&HS sets up their Archive collection.


Speedway Motor Cycling was reintroduced after an absence of 53 years.


The Jubilee Pavilion was erected with an area of 9,850 sqm.


The Autumn Show recommenced - being called the Royal Autumn Show, then later the Royal Flower & Garden Festival.


Ridley Convention & Exhibition Centre opened.


The Royal Adelaide Show is awarded an SA Tourism award in the Most Significant Festivals and Local Events category and the Australia Day Award for Best Community Event in the Unley Council Area.


The first Royal Farm Expo was staged, focussing on diversification in modern farming. A unique mix of educational seminars, workshops, commercial exhibits and demonstrations.


The Government granted the Society with an extended lease of the Wayville site, for a further 50 years from 2012, providing use of the Adelaide Showground until at least the year 2062.


Royal Farm Expo incorporated into the Royal Adelaide Show. Collaboration with "Gardens Alive" organisers to stage a combined Royal Autumn Gardens Alive flower and garden event from 2000 onwards.


Royal Adelaide Show is awarded a SA Tourism Award of Distinction in the Major Events category.


Establishment of Hamilton Boulevard and the extension of the Jubilee Pavilion which was opened by HRH The Duke of Endiburgh.


The Adelaide Showground was named "Best Specialty Meeting Venue" by the Meetings Industry Association.


A $2 million upgrade of the Kingsway was completed.  A total of over $30 million was spent on capital works in the ten years from 1996 - 2005.


The Royal Adelaide Show receives the Australia Day Award for "Best Community Event" in the Unley Council area.


The Royal Adelaide Show is added to Bank SA's Heritage Icon list.


Demolition of the Centennial Hall and commencement of construction of the Goyder Pavilion


The Adelaide Showground was awarded the Best Specialty meeting & Events venue in SA for 2007



Goyder Pavilion is officially opened on 18 August by Hon. Kate Ellis, MP.

The Adelaide Showground is declared an official power station.


In 2014, the Society celebrated 175 years of being in the forefront of South Australia’s agricultural and horticultural interests, and staged its 239th Show, which is believed to be a world record.


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