RAHS Celebrate 175 years in Style

The Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of Adelaide celebrated their 175th birthday last night, at the Showgrounds of course, in a manner befitting their status in South Australia.

1460 people attended a dinner to match all others as the Society unveiled its history since 1839 in 40 year blocks. Digital images of each era were displayed in rotation on all four walls surrounding the guests in what has to said was not just innovative but spectacular.

The entertainment was fantastic with a mix of opera from the 19th Century through to the likes of the Andrews Sisters (war time) through to a glimpse of Adelaide’s future stars. The highlight was a reminder of the concert held in the old Centennial Hall in July of 1964 when 4 young lads from Liverpool calling themselves the Beatles fell in love with Adelaide.

Hosted by Jayne Doyle and Keith Conlon, we were acquainted or reacquainted as the case may be with the many achievements of the Society and their distinctive place in the history of South Australia.


  1. Paul   •  

    Don I understand that you and Jennie Boisvert attended.
    I’m told that Council ratepayers paid for your tickets.
    What was the cost of the ticket and who were the other Councillors and staff that attended.

  2. Yes we did Paul. We along with 7 other elected members felt it appropriate to help our largest ratepayer celebrate their 175th Birthday. No staff attended.

    And yes Council did pay @ $ 175.00 per head, which will under the code of conduct covering such things be recorded on our benefits register. This register is updated every three months and is available on request to anyone who wishes to view it.

  3. Paul   •  

    Who were the 7 councillors who attended?

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