THE Bega Pioneers' Museum was this year given the bound copies of the Bega District News. On March 15, 1945, it ran a story on the second Far South Coast National Show. Formerly it was called the Bega Show.
THE Far South Coast National Show was a magnificent success. The officials in charge were: President Mr T J Kelly; vice-presidents Messrs H Parbery, Percy Ubrihien, J A Baldwin, J E Jauncey and M Miles; treasurer Mr E V Single; committee Messrs J K Beht, Geo Guthrey, J G Hergenhan, S Piper, J T Rogers, A J Sims, W A Smith, J K Taylor, W H Balmain, F R Burgess, Geo Burgess, R Cochrane, C C Cochrane, R Dargan, Chas Guthrey, H R Hawkey, Ken Taylor, A T Cochrane, D A Gowing, E Koellner, Alan McGregor, L Rheinberger, H Rixon, J D Rogers, C Squires, P Stanton, A Underhill and W R Wood; secretary Mr Jas Appleby.
Twelve months ago, at the opening of the first show under the title of the Far South Coast National, the then president expressed the opinion that the Bega Society would go on to bigger and greater things and become fully representative of the whole Far South Coast.
That opinion was well and truly borne out by the success of last week's exhibition, for there were exhibits from over the whole coastline from Moruya to Kiah and Towamba, a distance of well over 100 miles, while the show attracted more visitors than ever before from distant centres.
The attendance on the third day was a surprise to many, and was certainly evidence of the keen interest by the people.
The founders of the Society and others who carried on down the years and have passed to their reward, would have been thrilled to see the advances and improvements that have been made in recent years; it can truthfully be stated that their most optimistic hopes have been fulfilled, but no one would deny that still further improvements and extensions are possible.
The new president, Mr T J Kelly, has the show spirit in his blood - his late mother was a daughter of the late Daniel Gowing, of Jellat Jellat, a pioneer of the Society and a great agriculturalist; he was the first man to import power machinery to these parts.
Mr Kelly has been an exhibitor since his boyhood and is recognised as one of the most expert growers in the State; for some years, until the war, he was manager of the South Coast exhibit at Sydney Royal.