About Heritage Department

Melbourne Royal® has promoted the development of and inspired excellence in Victorian agriculture for more than 170 years.

Since the first ploughing match held by the Moonee Ponds Farmers' Society in 1848, the Melbourne Royal Show has evolved into Victoria’s largest annual community event. 

With a long and proud history, Melbourne Royal® has become synonymous with world-class competitions and award programs, which continue to grow and inspire excellence year on year. 

Melbourne Royal oversees a unique collection of artefacts and stories representing the organisation’s rich history, which are often displayed onsite at Melbourne Showgrounds, online via the Virtual Museum and at the Melbourne Royal Show. 

If you would like to find out more you can contact the Heritage team.