Melbourne Royal celebrates 175 years of history

In 2023, Melbourne Royal proudly celebrates 175 years since the organisation was first formed in 1848 by a group of farmers known as the “Moonee Ponds Farmers Society” and soon after the Port Philip Farmers Society, who conducted ploughing matches to improve agriculture.

From the first ploughing match held in 1848, our first shearing in 1874 through to our current Beef Cattle, Sheep and Horses in Action competitions, Melbourne Royal has remained Victoria’s home to great blue-ribbon competitions, world-class food and beverage award programs and vibrant events. 175 years later, Melbourne Royal is still organising events and competitions and is a protector for the state’s agricultural legacy.

In celebrating this remarkable milestone, Melbourne Royal acknowledges the dedication and passion of countless current and past exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, members, committees, staff and patrons that have helped shape the organisation’s history. With your support and participation in 2023, Melbourne Royal will continue to help shape agriculture in Victoria by bringing communities together during our 175th year and well beyond into our future.

Stay tuned as we announce more of our exciting program for 2023.