Melbourne Royal: Celebrating 175 years in 2023

This year Melbourne Royal proudly celebrates 175 years since the organisation was first formed 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.

The success and longevity of Melbourne Royal can be attributed to the incredible passion and commitment of wonderful people who choose to be involved with the organisation. This passion has been captured in wonderful stories and memories shared in a beautifully presented commemorative book being published to celebrate their 175 years.

Melbourne Royal Celebrating 175 years – Celebrating our History, Cultivating our Future will be available mid-year and includes wonderful stories shared by people and families involved with Melbourne Royal from the past and present, whether it be with the Royal Melbourne Show, Melbourne Showgrounds, our food and beverage awards, or agriculture more broadly. 

Melbourne Royal will officially commence celebrations on 1 April 2023 to align with the start of their new membership year and the organisation looks forward to your support and actively invites you to get involved.  The first event is a Celebration Gala Dinner to be held at the Victoria Pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds on Saturday 1 April.  This will be a night not to be missed and tickets can be purchased here

The 175th celebrations will be a key feature of the 2023 Melbourne Royal Show which will be held from Thursday 21 September to Sunday 1 October 2023 at Melbourne Showgrounds. Further details regarding the event program will be released shortly.