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100th Anniversary Dinninup Show. 2018.

The Upper Blackwood Dinninup Show. November 6th 2018

Dinninup is a very small town 286 kilometres south of Perth with a rich agricultural background. A small local group initiated the Agricultural Society and has presented a Show of local produce, farming skills and general entertainment for a hundred years.

                                             
My brother-in-law’s grand-parent Walter Trigwell,                                                           Bull Lead Nose Pliers.
was awarded the first President’s Cup in 1920 and the 
Societies Highest Aggregate over two years in 1922.

We were encouraged by our member Peter Jennings to attend so Pam and Robin, Lorraine and I enjoyed a day in the country showing tools which were relevant 100 years ago. Peter, who I guess has attended every clearing sale in the South West has accrued an enviable collection, many pieces which only farm people could name. For example the Bull Lead Nose Pliers are not kept in the suburban shed.

Peter made all the arrangements and set up an area near the Historic Machinery guys and the Blacksmith. With tools from the electrical trade, machinery and general farming Peter had most trades covered. They were matched by Robin’s range of boat building and cabinet making tools. The constant running of big stationery engines and farmers checking the very early shearing plants ensured the day had action. I doubt one could shear your three hundred for the day with just the missus cranking the machine.

                          
Hand cranked shearing machine.                                     Powered single shearing stand.                            A collection of drench guns.

This was not just a small town showcase because the intensely exciting shearing heats were a lead up to the bigger South West competition. The horse events were also trying out for the local rounds of State competition. With three large Pony Clubs in the area there were kids and ponies of every size determined to show their skills.

There were exhibitions of art work, quilts and school work from the kids. There was plenty to see. The Dorpa Lamb Burger for lunch and the ice cream after the final pack up finished a day which was had with pleasant company and realisation that the country people are happy and necessary.

Thanks to Arthur for this report.