I recently stumbled across this photograph in the archive collection which, I must confess, I had no idea we even had. It depicts the members of the Hillston Pastoral and Agricultural Association in 1931.
On it’s own, it’s probably not the most exciting photograph in our collection. However, wonder of wonders, some kind soul has written the names of each man on the reverse side!
Standing, left to right:
Mr Parker, H Ordew, C Seton, W Lathane, C Harris, J Web, S Gordon (secretary, light suit), A Cashmere, Mr Pentland, R Peters snr, Jno Dutchison, R Peters jnr, J Bush.
Sitting, left to right:
J Rose (vice president), J Morant (president), P MacKinnon (vice president), L Buckman.
The 1931 Hillston Show was their Jubilee Show, the first show being held in 1881. The town also took the opportunity to incorporate a “Back to Hillston” event in the same week, to celebrate the town’s beginnings and encouraging old residents to return to the town.
It’s worth taking a moment to consider that 1931 was also a “depression year.” The editor of the Hillston Spectator felt that it was unfortunate the two events had coincided, saying such an occasion as a jubilee, “demands additional impetus and attraction.” But he thought the Committee was to be commended for going ahead anyway.
“We feel sure that the people of Hillston and district will do their best to assist the Association. Let everyone endeavor to prepare something as an exhibit. Entries in large numbers help to make a Show – and a good Show helps to place a town and district in the forefront of progressive communities.”