In 2014 the RA&HS celebrated their 175th birthday with a number of special and spectacular events.
The Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society has for one hundred and seventy-five years assisted all aspects of the life of South Australia. Its contribution has seldom been publicised, but it has initiated many far-reaching enterprises. Although this has included the Royal Adelaide Show and the transformation of the Showgrounds, the Society’s vision has moulded such institutions as the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and Roseworthy Agricultural College.
Members of the Society have also provided an impetus to South Australia’s economic success throughout the world. By the pursuit of excellence, they have assisted the wine industry, agriculture, horticulture and pastoral pursuits.
Those involved with the Society, its staff, Council, and members, have an immense affection for its aims and endeavours. The Society’s activities are broad, but the Royal Adelaide Show continues to be the focus for its Councillors and staff. It is during the Show, in September of each year, that the enthusiasm and passion that drives the Society is so evident. The late John Duncan, who contributed so much to the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia, once said: ‘I just love the Show. When I go into those Showgrounds the rest of the world is outside and I know I am in for nine days of pleasure and entertainment, and the gaining of knowledge, and decent human beings. And I just love it.’
John Duncan’s sentiments are in a sense the crucible of the Society’s mission. Fully aware of its heritage, the Society prepares to use its influence and vision to enrich the future for the community of South Australia.