Trove Tuesday: Gumeracha’s Annual Ploughing Match in 1860

Trove Tuesday: Gumeracha’s Annual Ploughing Match in 1860

Oh how times have changed. I must say that the thought of going to a ploughing match really doesn’t excite me, but obviously it was a different time back in the mid-1800s when Gumeracha’s Annual Ploughing Match held, and it was certainly something to look forward to, as it brought out the whole town plus more!

Browsing on Trove certainly brings up a bunch of articles relating to Gumeracha’s Annual Ploughing Match. This seems to have started in 1850 or there abouts, and continued at least until the 1890s. Anyway I’ve chosen to share the one from the South Australian Weekly Chronicle, dated 11 August 1860.

GUMERACHA ANNUAL PLOUGHING MATCH. (1860, August 11). South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1867), , p. 5. Retrieved April 5, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90250672

As the article mentions it was held on land owned by William Beavis Randell, near the Gumeracha Mill (now Randell’s Mill B&B), and over 600 people attended! Even the Gumeracha Rifle Volunteers were there, and went through their drill. It must have been quite an event.

There were 9 men competing, and 8 boys, and they were …

GUMERACHA ANNUAL PLOUGHING MATCH. (1860, August 11). South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1858 - 1867), , p. 5. Retrieved April 5, 2016, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90250672

And the winners were …

Trove - Gumeracha Annual Plough Match, SA Weekly Chronicle, 1860-08-11 pg5 #3

The article is a long one, and goes on to discuss the dinner and speeches that were held afterwards. If you wish to read the full article you can find it here.

After reading the article, I must say I’ve changed my mind, and I’d love to see what a ploughing match is like. But I mean one back then, not one now. It was truly a different way of life back then.

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