History

Woodchopping was first introduced at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1911, with just two events - standing block and underhand and there were 22 competitors in each event.

In 1912, two other events - single hand sawing and a standing teams race of two men were included. 

The centenary of woodchopping at the Melbourne Royal® Show, known as the Royal Melbourne Show at the time, was celebrated in 2011 with a special heritage event. 

In 2020 the Melbourne Royal® Show Woodchop Championships planned to run with a range of classes over 5 days including women’s classes in underhand, team relay and sawing. 

The Royal Melbourne Show was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.