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