The future of Tatura Show is on the brink, prompting an urgent plea from Tatura and Goulburn Valley A. H. and P. Society for help to save the iconic event.By Bob Nicol
In 1875 a group of like-minded citizens founded what is now known as the ‘Tatura and Goulburn Valley Agricultural, Horticultural and Pastoral Association Incorporated’.
The 135th Annual Show, and what may well be the final one, was held in March of this year.
‘‘As in 2004, we are in danger of folding altogether in 2014 if we do not get more support in the way of donations/sponsorship for the various sections and also volunteers to join the committee and to help on show day,’’ secretary Maxine Parker told the Guardian on Friday.
‘‘The present committee is asking the people of Tatura and district to support us in any way they can so that our society can continue into the future.’’
Ms Parker said once it was no longer viable to hold the show, the loss would be considerable to the community.
Records show the first ever president was J. Winter and secretary C. J. V. Reid.
Ms Parker said the minute book from 1875 until November 6, 1920, was missing, making it hard to find out who was on the original committee.
She said names from the meeting held on November 6, 1920, show the president was Mr J. W. Wilson, with the secretary being Mr W. Walter.
‘‘Members were G. Crawford, W. Langham, Maher, Hall, A. Crawford, Pullar, Hill, Davy and Cullinan. No apologies were listed,’’ Ms Parker said.
‘‘The meeting held on May 7, 1921, new names appeared, including Bunn, Dickins, Boon, Whitney and Glover. The president and secretary at the time were Mr J. W. Wilson and Mr W. Walter. No apologies listed.’’
With so much local history at stake, committee president Greg Perry and Ms Parker would like to hear from anyone who can assist the society in any way, and help to secure the future of Tatura Show.
‘‘Without assistance, financial and other, there is every likelihood there will be no show next year,’’ Mr Perry said.
Ms Parker can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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