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A remarkable legacy honoured today as the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW celebrates 200 years.

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) has reached an incredible milestone today, celebrating 200 years of fostering agricultural development through competitions, education, and events in New South Wales. 

From an idea amongst members of the fledgling colony in NSW, on 5 July 1822, to form a Society that encourages agricultural production to an incredible member-driven organisation that brings people together through its annual Sydney Royal Easter Show, RAS Foundation, Australasian Animal Registry, Sydney Royal Competitions and event venue, Sydney Showground, the RAS has endured.

“We have stood strong for two hundred years and not only helped safeguard agriculture in this state but also forged the future of the agricultural industry. We have led the way with education, competitions and events and have provided much-needed support and assistance, for which I am extremely proud,” President of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW, Michael Millner, said.

“While our mission remains the same, the RAS would not be what it is today without the generations of councillors, RAS members, volunteers and staff who came before us and the many who will continue to carry this legacy.

“Today, we honour our past and embrace our future, celebrating the remarkable role the RAS has played in the history of NSW and look towards a sustainable and bright future for agriculture in our state.”

As one of Australia’s longest-running organisations, the RAS harbours a remarkable history, from assisting with the first trials of transporting refrigerated meats to helping drive Sydney’s entertainment industry through the evolution of the Moore Park Showgrounds, conversion of the renowned Hordern Pavilion, and Sydney Showground.

Today the RAS honours its past and embraces its future, leaning on its 200-year history to help rural communities and Australian agriculture prosper for decades to come. 

Following on from celebrations at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, the RAS encourages the public to explore its history through its virtual museum and Commemorative book.

Learn more about the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW here: https://www.rasnsw.com.au/200years/

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