Ashburton’s Agricultural and Pastoral Show

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In this blog post we are featuring a number of images from our photographic collection – with over six million photographic frames there’s always plenty of interest to be found in the collection. It’s a rich and interesting collection that is of huge value to local and national researchers, families and historians. This was highlighted by our heritage article, which featured images from the Tindall collection, and aroused much interest.

The Ashburton Museum team was very pleased when a local person called in recently to tell us that she knew, and could identify, the mystery Adams baby that we featured. The visitor was the baby’s mother, and the ‘baby’ is now a grandfather!

As I promised, here is another tasting from the smorgasbord of images that we are currently scanning, cataloguing and processing so that they are readily accessed by our staff and visitors alike.

A and P

This week it seemed topical to feature images from the Ashburton A and P show. The Museum has a collection of records from the A and P Association, which was formed in 1877 that details the months of hard work that went into the various events the Association managed. While the most important was ‘The Show’, the Association also organised activities, such as a ram fair.

The Museum holds a number of images that pertain to the Ashburton Show. Earlier photographs tend to be of crowded showgrounds, committee members or prize winning animals and the occasional show bay. Mr Tindall, however, seemed to enjoy taking action shots (especially of horses) and photos of people dressed in the latest fashions. People obviously went to a lot of effort to ‘dress up’ to attend the show so even if you don’t recognise anyone from the images depicted, you may be interested or amused at what the subjects are wearing.

As always, if you can identify anyone in the photos shown, or want to know more, please contact us here at Ashburton Museum – we love filling in the pieces of a puzzle, and if you know a person but don’t have an original we may be able to assist by providing a copy.

By Kathleen Stringer


  1. This Bunz image was copied by Tindall for the 1961 Show supplement. It’s a great image with lots of clothes and cars – something for everyone really. ©Ashburton Museum.
  2. Among the images are trade displays, this one shows Sid Osborne’s offering in 1961. ©Ashburton Museum.
  3. Beauty contestants from 1968. ©Ashburton Museum.
  4. A fashion show during the 1963 show. The changing fashion is clearly seen with some wearing hats, while others are wearing sunglasses and less formal attire. ©Ashburton Museum.
  5. A trio of young ladies in 1963. ©Ashburton Museum.
  6. Five more fashion followers in 1963. ©Ashburton Museum.
  7. Fun at the fairground 1961. Prams and push chairs jostle amongst the crowd and even a small ‘noddy train’ – it certainly was all go. ©Ashburton Museum.

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