Photograph [Mataura Horticultural Hall]; unknown photographer; 1910-1930; MT2013...
Photograph [Mataura Horticultural Hall]About this object
A digital scan of a black and white photograph of the Mataura Horticultural Hall in River Street. The Mataura Horticultural Society was formed in December 1891 and this hall was built in 1903 at River Street for 500 pounds. The Society's annual show increased in size and scope each year. By 1912 the show had become so popular that special trains ran from Bluff via Invercargill and from Gore. This advertisement from 1912 gives you a sense of the occasion:
'Day excursion tickets are available for the Mataura Horticultural and Industrial Society's Annual Show on February 19. The best show of its kind in Southland. The Freezing Works, Paper Mill, & Dairy Factory are all thrown open for inspection. View the Mataura Falls. A splendid display of Pot Plants, Floral decorations, Fruit and Vegetables, Jams and Jellies also Photography, Industrial and Juvenile sections'.
Up until the 1950s the annual shows were opened by the local MP. Competition was fierce and it wasn't uncommon for the judges results to be questioned. Support for the show started to wane in the 1990s and the Society wound up in 2001 for want of organisers.
photograph, black and whiteObject Type
digital copyCredit Line
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object number