Enjoying The Ekka
The first Brisbane Exhibition "The Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876" was held almost 140 years ago. Variously called The Show, The Exhibition, The Ekka, The RNA Show, The Brisbane Exhibition and The Royal Queensland Show, it has been held almost every year since then.
State Library of Queensland has a wide range of historical material related to the Ekka, from the first official catalogue in 1876 to long runs of annual reports, hundreds of photographs and even memorabilia such as this souvenir handkerchief from 1891.
Browse Ekka materials in One Search, the library catalogue
A set of photographs of the Ekka from times past is also available on Flickr Commons
The Ekka website has been archived by the State Library for a number of years. You can view the site over time on PANDORA, the web archive.
Explore the Ekka images on Historypin via the map. Click on the image and contribute your own story in the comments section.
Showtime : a history of the Brisbane Exhibition by Joanne Scott (UQ Press, 2008)
RNA Annual reports online - most reports from 1892 to 2012
RNA Show 1964 (video from collection of State Library of Queensland)
Ekka (Official website)
Joan Bruce - Queensland Literature Coordinator, State Library of Queensland