Governors at the Ekka since 1876

Did you know that 140 years ago, in 1876, Queensland's fourth Governor, Sir William Cairns, opened the very first Ekka (pictured below)?

Governor Of Queensland Sir William Cairns And The Official Party At The Opening Of The First Queensland Intercolonial Exhibition In 1876

Ever since, the Governors of Queensland have played an important role in supporting our iconic Royal Queensland Show – the Ekka.

The Ekka blends tradition with technology, brings the country to the city and showcases Queensland’s world-leading agriculture.

Our 14th Governor, Sir John Goodwin, opened the 1927 Show, just one year after the introduction of electric lighting allowed the very first night time ring program to be held.

Governor Goodwin, right, is pictured here standing next to J. Barnes inspecting the champion horse, Rivoli. 

Queensland Governor Sir John Goodwin At The Brisbane Show Queensland 1927

In 1915, wartime Governor Sir Hamilton Goold-Adams opened the Show and presented the championship trophies.

Page 21 Of The Queenslander Pictorial Supplement To The Queenslander 21 August 1915

Signifying the importance of the Ekka not just to Queensland, but to Australia, Governors-General have also officiated at the Ekka, including Lord Denman in 1912. 

Crowds Greet The Governor General Lord Denman At The Exhibition Brisbane 1912

This year, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC will officially open the Ekka, host an Ekka reception at Government House, welcome the Queensland Country Life Miss Showgirl finalists to Government House, and present a ribbon to the winner of the inaugural scarecrow-making competition (and the scarecrow will come up to Government House after it has finished its official duties at the Ekka). 

His Excellency will also visit the Ekka on People's Day and thank the many volunteers, including the stewards, judges and marshals who make this marvellous event happen, year on year. And he will almost certainly stop to enjoy a strawberry sundae – his own Ekka tradition.

Ekka Sundae

Images courtesy of the State Library of Queensland and the Government House collection.