THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW

The Royal Melbourne Show has been a signature event in Melbourne since 1848, when it started as a ploughing competition in Moonee Ponds. Organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Show is Victoria's largest and longest running annual public entertainment event. It is iconic in its own right, attracting around 700,000 visitors each year. In 2005 the Royal Melbourne Show celebrated its 150th Show.

The 30 acres site at Ascot Vale was given to the National Agricultural Society of Victoria (the predecessor of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in 1882 and the first show was held there in 1883. The Royal Melbourne Showgrounds are Victoria's largest and pre-eminent agricultural showground complex.

Until 2005 the substantial grounds contained a large number of buildings. The most distinctive building type was the large, long red-brick or concrete basilica-like halls, built between 1910 and the 1930s, with lower side-aisles and a central raised section with a clerestory between, where animals were exhibited. There were also many other structures built for various purposes that were an integral part of the show, such as: the Arts & Crafts Pavilion of 1904 (demolished), built to display the foods and crafts made mainly by country women; the Royal Luncheon Rooms of 1916; an Administration Building; various pavilions displaying agricultural machinery; and in the mid twentieth century striking outlets for various banks and a chair lift. All this was focussed on the Grand Arena surrounded by grandstands, built from the 1920s to the 1970s.

By the early 2000s the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds had become dilapidated and in need of refurbishment. As a result, the State Government announced a redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds site, to be carried out as a joint venture partnership with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and private sector investors, with all work to be completed by the 2006 Royal Melbourne Show. In 2005 and 2006 the site underwent a substantial redevelopment, increasing open space and providing new buildings.

As a complex, the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds have economic, historical and cultural significance as the largest agricultural show complex in Australia, a vital part of Australia's oldest major industry, and an important location for the enactment of national identity. The site and its Show are of cultural significance as the largest single public event held annually in Victoria, attracting in excess of 700,000 persons each year.  The remaining structures at the Showgrounds are the primary illustration of the significant activities of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in the past one hundred years.  It is by far the largest, most substantial and most significant place of its kind in Victoria, and within Australia is rivalled only by the former Sydney Showgrounds. The various pavilions and halls built for the showing of animals such as cattle, pigs, dogs, and horses are essentially unique to this site, and certainly this is the largest concentration of such structures in Victoria. The Pig or Rural Pavilion is the earliest remaining pavilion (1903) and the most evocative in this regard. The Centenary Hall is important as virtually the only such hall with a notable architectural expression, being a restrained Moderne building typical of the 1930s. The Clydesdale Pavilion demonstrates the original agricultural role of horses at the Show, while the remnants of the once extensive horse boxes demonstrate their later importance as 'show' and performance animals, and the main agricultural use of the site outside the formal Show. The surviving grandstands are important for providing evidence for the parading of large numbers of animals, demonstrating techniques and equipment and events once held in the Grand Arena. The Royal Luncheon Rooms are important as an early building on the site for necessary ancillary purposes, and has a notable Edwardian character.

The Woodfull Pavilion is important as the most architecturally impressive hall on the site, complemented by nineteenth century statues of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The nineteenth century marble 'Big Bull' is important as a symbol of nature tamed in the service of man, a theme of the Show, and the Stockman figure is important for memorialising this quintessentially Australian country worker.

The Epsom Road frontage, the site of the Dog Pavilion, show rings and the Woodfull Pavilion are no longer a part of the showgrounds, its development included a medical centre, supermarket, shops and office space.  The heritage listed Woodfull Pavilion, used for dog judging over the last 100 years, was incorporated into the new development, which opened in August 2009. The restored Woodfull Pavilion now provides a new streetscape for Epsom Road. While there's no doubt the Show has grown with the times, it still retains its connection with the land, featuring some of the largest and most prestigious exhibitions of animals and rural life in the southern hemisphere. The Royal Melbourne Championship Dog Show is the biggest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

The Royal Melbourne Show is an important date in the club’s calendar. The dog show is always judged by a panel of international Judges and is accompanied by Obedience, Agility, Jumping and Games Trials.

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2019

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Michael Forte (Ireland)

BEST OF BREED

CH CHALEUR SAY MY NAME(AI)

Ruth Thompson

 

 

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2018

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Jose Homem De Mello (Portugal)

BEST OF BREED

CH CHALEUR HUBBA BUBBA

Ruth Thompson

RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

CHALEUR U HAD ME AT HELLO(AI)

Ruth Thompson

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2017

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge:  Ms Virginia Lyne (Canada)

 

 

 

 

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2016

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge:  Mr Svend Kovenkjaer (Denmark)

 

BEST OF BREED

CH LARBELLAH TEAM LEADER

Mrs K Handley & Mrs D Petterwood

RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED
CH GILTEDGE THERES A BUTTERFLY (AI)

Mrs K Handley

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2015

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Mr Rui Oliveira (Portugal)

BEST OF BREED & RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

CH GILTEDGE THERES A BUTTERFLY (AI) Kim Handley

CH LARBELLAH TEAM LEADER Kim Handley & Darlene Petterwood

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2014

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Luis Catalan (Portugal)

BEST OF BREED & RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

CH FERNFALL LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU Jane Fall

CH CHALUER HUBBA BUBBA Ruth Thompson

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2013

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Pedro Delerue (Portugal)

BEST OF BREED & RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

CH LARBELLAH TEAM LEADER  Kim Handley & Darlene Petterwood

CH GILTEDGE SISTER ACT  Kim Handley

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2012

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Dr Richard Meen (Canada)

BEST OF BREED & RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

WYSIWYG LIVN THE AMERICAN DREAM Anthea Adamopoulos

WAIKIPARK SHADES OF SUMMER Waikipark Kennels

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2011

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge:  Mr Fernando Quilles (Brazil)

BEST OF BREED

GRAND CH CHALEUR VALENTINO

Mrs R Thompson

RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

GRAND CH DYKINTA CLASSIFIED

Mrs W Atkins

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2010

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Satoshi Bessho (Japan)

BEST OF BREED

GRAND CH TRIGOLDEN LUV TO TANGO

Mrs L Harrowfield

RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

CH DALVUIGOLD MISS EMMA

Mrs W Duynhoven

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2009

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Luis Pinto Teixeira (Portugal)

BEST OF BREED

CH GILTEDGE BLACKWATCH

Kim Handley

RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED

CHALEUR XCUSES XCUSES

Ruth Thompson

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2008

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mrs Rose-Marie Cabion (South Africa)

BEST OF BREED

GRAND CH TULZEAN AUTUMN TANGO

Jane Fall

RUNNER UP BEST OF BREED
CH ACACIAN AIMING HIGH

Carol Hobbelen

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2007

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Edgar Bajona (Canada)

   
   

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2006

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Dr Tamas Jakkel (Hungary)

   
   

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2005

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mrs Agnes Ganami-Kertes (Israel)

   
   

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2004

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mrs Doreen Powell (South Africa)

   
   

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2003

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Claudio De Giuliani (Italy)

   
   

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2002

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Jon Cole (USA)

BEST OF BREED

CAMUKA MONARCH OFTHEGLEN

Jane & Mark Hodges

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2001

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Hiroshi Kamisato (Japan)

   
   

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2000

GOLDEN RETRIEVER RESULTS

Judge: Mr Werner Kirschbaum (Argentina)

   
   

 

Woodfull Pavilion

The restored Woodfull Pavilion was incorporated into the neighbourhood shopping centre development

on Epsom Road which opened in 2009

Royal Centenary Hall
 

Centenary Hall, an art-deco hall built in 1934

and now restored to its original condition.

The Woodfull Pavillion in 2007

Dog judging 1966

Cattle parade 1914 A showery day at the show 1899
Grand Parade