Saving the Past & Looking to the Future



The RA&HS Archives Foundation aims to preserve the history of the Society - and South Australian primary industry in general - for the benefit of future generations. Dating back to 1856, the records held in the Archives Collection are an important historical and cultural resource for South Australia, with archival material relating to the history of the Society, Royal Adelaide Show and Royal Adelaide Wine Show. This includes everything from showbags and souvenirs, to the history of woodcutting, sheaf tossing, livestock, wine, cookery and craft. The Society Museum and Archives demonstrate just how important agriculture, horticulture and viticulture are to the fabric of South Australia.


You can submit a research query or make an appointment to visit the Showground for an opportunity to research the collection or take a tour of the Museum. Groups are welcome and all visits are by appointment only.

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The records held date from 1856 to the present and are a valuable collection of South Australian history. In the absence of a Department of Agriculture, the Governments of the early colonial days welcomed and supported the Society's activities. They relied on them to organise trials to test farm machinery; to stage competitions for pruning in order to cope with the rapid growth of the viticulture industry; to advise them on essential services such as the opening up of export markets and make provision for quarantine laws; and to provide continuing educational and research facilities in other fields.

Some of the information available includes:

  • Past Royal Show results

  • Minute Books

  • Office Records

  • Annual Reports

  • Stud Stock Registers

  • Press Cuttings

  • Catalogues

  • Artefacts & Trophies

  • Ribbons, Medals and Badges

  • Posters, Paintings & Photographs

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To further provide a valuable resource to the South Australian community, and safeguard historical records digitally, the RA&HS Archives have developed a digital platform which will eventually store all of the RA&HS Archival Material in one location. Available to the public, and being constantly updated with new materials and content, the Show Museum provides a great starting point to begin your research. 

The physical museum space is also being expanded and renovated to provide additional space for researchers and groups when visiting the Archives. Once complete it will also provide an interesting and interactive space during the Royal Adelaide Show.

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We are a 'collecting' archive - we welcome donations of relevant material such as photographs, award certificates, ribbons, rosettes, trophies, medals, posters, showbags etc.


As a not-for-profit and registered charity organisation, monetary donations to the Archives Foundation are also welcomed in order that we can continue to preserve and restore our collection of the State’s agricultural history.

For further information on how you can support the Archives Foundation, please visit or contact the Society on
8210 5211.