Trophy, Mataura Horticultural Society; unknown maker; 1980s; MT2012.86.3

Name/Title

Trophy, Mataura Horticultural Society

About this object

Trophy; the Elsie Stalker Memorial Perpetual Trophy. It was awarded by the Mataura Horticultural Society between 1982 and 2000 and is engraved with the winners' names. It is an E.P.N.S. silver tray.

The Mataura Horticultural and Industrial Exhibit Society was one of the most active clubs in Mataura for over a century. It ran from December 1891 until 2001. The Society's annual show increased in size and scope each year until the Society was able to build its own Hall in 1905. By 1912 the show had become so popular that special trains ran from Bluff via Invercargill and from Gore. This advertisement from 1912 gives you a sense of the occasion:

'Day excursion tickets are available for the Mataura Horticultural and Industrial Society's Annual Show on February 19. The best show of its kind in Southland. The Freezing Works, Paper Mill, Dairy Factory are all thrown open for inspection. View the Mataura Falls. A splendid display of Pot Plants, Floral decorations, Fruit and Vegetables, Jams and Jellies also Photography, Industrial and Juvenile sections'.

Up until the 1950s the annual shows were opened by the local MP. Competition was fierce and it wasn't uncommon for the judges results to be questioned. Support for the show started to wane in the 1990s and the Society wound up in 2001 for want of organisers.

Maker

unknown maker

Maker Role

Silversmith

Date Made

1980s

Place Made

[?]

Medium and Materials

Processed material, metal, silver alloy

Measurements

h 40 mm x l 140mm x w 300mm
small

Subject and Association Keywords

clubs/societies

Subject and Association Keywords

sport/recreation/leisure

Credit Line

From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.

Object Type

awards

Object number

MT2012.86.3

Copyright Licence  

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