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Snapshots in time from more than a century of Casino Show

The Casino Show in 1910 featured an eager crowd keen on the horse events in the main ring.
The Casino Show in 1910 featured an eager crowd keen on the horse events in the main ring.

IF you're interested in local history, and in particular the saga of the Casino Show, then you must pay Helen Trustum of Bentley a lengthy visit.

As an author of ten books on local history Helen is a walking museum of information.

Helen and Allan Trustum of Bentley. Helen has extensively documented the history of the Casino show, along with other aspects of local life.
Helen and Allan Trustum of Bentley. Helen has extensively documented the history of the Casino show, along with other aspects of local life. Jamie Brown

Her photography collection is remarkable, and she has only just started sharing it on-line through a Facebook page called 'Good old Days in and around Lismore NSW.'

A quarter century ago Helen was approached by the Casino Show Society to write a book on the first 100 years.

Her collection of photos and anecdotes and accurate history has served as a community benchmark.

Here are some tales reproduced from 'Casino Show: 100 Years'.

1935

The cattle were an outstanding lot. More than 100 Jerseys were paraded and A.C. Cowan of Tatham put up a record by annexing the two championships and reserve championships, 13 firsts and eight seconds.

In Ayrshires George Cowan won champion cow and won reserve in the bull class, also first and second in the butterfat competition.

Arrangements were made by the Department of Railways for reduced fare to passengers to Casino and South Casino stations during the period of the show.

Then Member for Casino, Ian Robinson with General Woodward and Reg Lehman back in 1956.
Then Member for Casino, Ian Robinson with General Woodward and Reg Lehman back in 1956.

1955

The 1955 show proved an outstanding success, when over 8,000 people attended the show on the main day.

This was the first show at Casino for 14 years, and with gate takings amounting to 900 pounds on Saturday the success of the show was assured.

The new Casino showground, situated at the racecourse, is claimed by the society to be the largest showground area in the state. The main ring is claimed to be even larger than the main ring of the Sydney Showground.

1962

Casino's first show under lights drew thousands of people to the showground.

The huge crowd bumped the gate takings for the two-day show up to 1056 pounds, twice as much as from the year before.

The new 4800 pound lighting system, described as the best on any showground in NSW, was officially turned on by the Mayor, Ald. Manyweathers.

Leader of the National Party Doug Anthony takes Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser for a ride at the 1974 show.
Leader of the National Party Doug Anthony takes Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser for a ride at the 1974 show.

1974

The highlight of this show was the opening of the new grandstand, which cost $10,000 and replaced the old wooden stand that was destroyed by fire two years prior.

For two years the shows were held without a stand and the Jockey and Turf clubs held their cup meetings at the Lismore track.

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