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RASV Heritage Online Exhibitions

RASV heritage regularly curates exhibitions showcasing the rich history of RASV, Royal Melbourne Show and Melbourne Showgrounds. RASV is proud to provide digital versions of its exhibitions via the collection below.

Young Bull and Herdsman Sculpture

Thursday, 27 Apr, 2017

The Young Bull and Herdsman sculpture that greets visitors to the RASV was first exhibited at the Royal Academy, London in 1887 and a year later was shown and sold at the 1888 Centennial Exhibition in Melbourne.

Edie and the Cupie Doll - A Stott Family Tradition at the Royal Melbourne Show

Tuesday, 25 Apr, 2017

Edith (Edie) and Lindsay Stott opened their first toy and novelty stand at the Royal Melbourne Show in the mid 1940s. Together with the windmills, spiders, skeletons and monkeys for sale, Edie began hand making beautifully decorated and dressed cupie dolls.

Blue Ribbons to Balaclavas - The Red Cross Division Competition at the Royal Melbourne Show

Friday, 01 Jan, 2016
In 1916 Women’s Industries (now known as Art, Craft & Cookery) introduced the Red Cross Division competition within the traditional needlework and cookery competition. Blue Ribbons to Balaclavas pays homage to the tens of thousands of volunteers who made garments and comforts for Australian WWI troops.

Duty Calls - Showgrounds Camp 1915

Sunday, 01 Nov, 2015

The Minister for Defence formally requisitioned Melbourne Showgrounds for the war effort on 22 July 1915 and the RASV Council announced that the Royal Melbourne Show would be abandoned for the year.