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Country Show at Minlaton
Title : Country Show at Minlaton Country Show at Minlaton
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Date of creation : ca. 1910
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Country show at Minlaton

The photo reveals that motorised vehicles had still not taken over from horse-drawn buggies. It shows also the combination of picnic atmosphere with families and children in the background, and the exchange of information between the farmers in the foreground.

The following is adapted from Heritage of the Yorke Peninsula: District Council of Yorke Peninsula part 1 page 18 Minlaton Show ground Pavillion ('Stone walls and outbuildings').

Located on the western edge of the township, the establishment of the showgrounds was made possible when ten acres of land was set aside by the Commissioner of Crown Lands in 1882. At this time the land was vested in the Central Yorke Peninsula Agricultural Society. The grandstand and attached single-storey show building were built in two stages, the single-storey show building in the 1880s-1890s, and the grandstand in front of this building some time after 1909. A stone wall of locally quarried stone was built in 1908 and encloses part of the showground.

The heritage value of the showground is described: "As a complex serving a specific community purpose since at least 1882, it reflects the importance of agricultural societies in farming communities throughout the state and in particular the dominance of farming in the Yorke Peninsula region ... The importance of these annual shows, as a means of disseminating new ideas in techniques and machinery should not be underestimated ... Minlaton provided a convenient centre for surrounding farms on Yorke Peninsula.... The showground building is of historical interest because it represents tangible evidence of the process of closer settlement and provided an important information link for farmers in the region."

Coverage year : 1910
Period : 1884-1913
Place : Minlaton
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Heritage of the Yorke Peninsula prepared by Weidenhofer Architects [Adelaide]: Dept. for Environment, Heritage and Aboriginal Affairs, 1998

Marsden, Susan 'Yorke Peninsula' South Australia's heritageedited by Jenny Walker Netley, S. Aust.: State Heritage Branch, Dept. of Environment and Planning and Government Printing Division, 1986 p. 159-168 Includes section on the Minlaton Showgrounds by Iris Iwanicki.

Souvenir of Yorke Peninsula: embodying Maitland, Ardrossan, Kilkerran, Port Victoria, Minlaton, Curramulka, Port Vincent, Stansbury, Yorketown, Edithburgh and their environs: the land of the golden grain, described and illustrated, Adelaide: O. Ziegler, 1921 p. 157-158

Frivolous gaiety or mental sweat by Ian Warden in The National Library Magazine vol. 1 no. 2 June 2009 pp. 24-27

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