Old Naracoorte Herald to form part of historic display

HISTORY: Naracoorte Show Commitee Publicity Officer Catherine Miller with a Naracoorte Herald from 1899. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion
HISTORY: Naracoorte Show Commitee Publicity Officer Catherine Miller with a Naracoorte Herald from 1899. PHOTO: Elisabeth Champion

A Naracoorte Herald page from 1899 will form part of a special memorabilia collection at the Naracoorte Showgrounds.

With work due to be finished on the show's new exhibition hall, the committee put a call out for pieces of Naracoorte Show history.

Answering that call was Jenny Haggett, who found the historic page, which once belonged to her great, great grandfather.

Naracoorte Show Committee Publicity Officer Catherine Miller said finding the old page was great timing.

"It just happened to be good timing that we put the post up looking for memorabilia for our soon to be completed events facility, and she was cleaning out some old boxes and found it," she said.

"She sent it very carefully between some cardboard, so it was really cool to get that."

With the first show held in 1863, there is a huge history which the committee hopes to showcase to the wider Naracoorte public.

The memorabilia will be displayed in the new hall, which will be completed in time for this year's show. The community will be able to see a number of fantastic new changes when they walk through the gates.

"We got a $301,000 grant from the government it reinvigorate one of our pavilions and it is progressing really well," Ms Miller said.

"We have a new kitchen in there, new toilets and we are about o have some new flooring put down, and we have added on an extension with a board room and some storage.

"It will be a great place for us to go at show time, but hopefully the community will also be able to hire it and a place where some service groups who are keen to have their base.

"It's a great addition to the showgrounds and something that I hope will be used by the community".

Ms Miller also said the new building will be the perfect place to celebrate the history of the association.

"Someone donated a cup a few years ago and there is a bit of memorabilia around," Ms Miller said.

"We will have some honour boards with our life members on it, but we are keen that if anyone has old cups, shields, ribbons, even old photos or newspaper cuttings, anything that really is from the Naracoorte Show.

"Especially anything from the 1910's, 20's or 30's or even before the turn of the last century, that would be fantastic.

"This is our 157th show so there is a lot of history out there that we would love to show, so if anyone has anything they would love to lend or donate to us, we'd love to have it."

The committee is still on the hunt for memorabilia and encourages anyone who has anything from the show to get in touch at show@naracoorteshowgrounds.com.au.