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The Bega Agricultural and Pastoral Society held its first Show on 15 February 1872 in the Bega School of Arts building in Carp Street. Two nearby paddocks owned by John Jauncey were also used to show stock animals. Over the next few years the Show was held at Annie White’s Victoria Inn in Auckland Street and from 1876 to 1886 Shows were held at the Market Reserve (now Bega Park and swimming pool).

On 29 September 1886 the Government Gazette published a dedication of the present Bega Showground, resuming eight acres, three roods of the Market Reserve. The current pavilion was officially opened for the 1905 Bega Show on 1st and 2nd March with both days (Wednesday and Thursday) declared as public holidays. The pavilion cost £1,700 and was designed by architect Robert Wallace Thatcher from Manchester. Local builder William Manning carried out the construction.

Bega Showground Pavilion, 1900s. Bega Valley Shire Library collection 008-00086

Bega Showground Pavilion, 1900s. Bega Valley Shire Library collection 008-00086

Source: History of the Bega Show by Margaret Evans, 1998.

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