Linda Schofield and John Horrex are collating a history of the Fraser Coast Show Society that held its first Maryborough show in 1876.
Linda Schofield and John Horrex are collating a history of the Fraser Coast Show Society that held its first Maryborough show in 1876. Toni McRae

Coast show set to make history

THE FRASER Coast Show Society is under scrutiny – but it’s all good news.

The council has approved a special grant of $14,760 to cover researcher Linda Schofield for three months’ of digging into the society.

“I have started already going through heaps of microfilm,” Linda said yesterday. “It is amazing what I have found so far.”

The project’s aim is to produce a book “with lots of photos” which will be used as a resource.

The longest-serving current society director John Horrex is putting his time into the project as part of the grant agreement.

“I’ve been trying to get this research and book up and running for a while, but finally I found Linda just before Christmas and we are all thrilled the money has now come through.”

The society has held 135 shows since directors decided they would prefer to have the gig in Maryborough rather than Gayndah, where it had been held for years.

The first Maryborough Show and the following 14 were held on Dowser’s Paddock between Albert Street and the Mary River.

“The first year in Maryborough it rained so it was a disaster,” Linda said.

“After the research is finished we are hoping to get a grant to publish the book.”



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