Gore, New Zealand

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The Gore Agricultural and Pastoral Association was formed in 1882. The first show was held in December of that year, on Thomas Green's land in southern Gore.

The entries for the show totalled 268. This comprised of 81 horses, 38 cattle, 21 sheep and 128 dairy produce exhibits. About 1500 people attended the show. 
At the annual meeting in 1883, members discussed buying land to give the association a permanent home. However, it was not until 1891 that the present site was of the association was bought.

The 10th show, held for the last time on Mr Green's land set records for entries and attendance. The show was held in its new grounds in 1892. 

The show held in 1899 was a two-day show. This was a great success. It was the first time a two-day show, with the People's Day on the Friday was held, and it attracted more than 5000 people. This show had been the most profitable and successful in the history of the association.
The grandstand, which could seat 650 people, was built in 1906 at a cost of 770 pounds.

This page is very much a work in progress.

We are scouring histories, albums and old newspapers in order to reveal our pastoral past.


As we locate interesting, relevant material, we will extend this page. 
If you have material that would complement our findings, especially old photographs (with captions), we would like to hear from you. We would like to publish your finds before the material is lost. 
If you can help - please contact;

Secretary; Gore A&P Assoc.
Carmen Steele
PO Box 79, Gore 9740
Cell: 027 613 0050 or 
Cell: 021 613 005
secretary@goreapshowgrounds.co.nz

or
The Webmaster
Jim Creighton
Ph: 03 208 3773
macman@xnet.co.nz

All material supplied will be carefully handled, acknowledged online and returned as per your instructions.
This will be a marvellous opportunity to create another dimension of our pioneer past.

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Our History

A Detailed Timeline of our History

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