Trophy, Mataura Horticultural Society; unknown maker; 1960s; MT2012.86.5
Trophy, Mataura Horticultural SocietyAbout this object
Trophy; the Isobel Clarke, Q.S.M. Memorial Trophy. It was awarded by the Mataura Horticultural Society between 1999 and 2001 and is engraved with the winners' names on a plaque on the wooden base. It is an E.P.N.S. lidded cup with distinctive handles. It was awarded for 'Champion cut flower'. Isobel Clarke was the Horticultural Society President for many years.
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.
Processed material, metal, silver alloy
h 450 mm x W 320mm x d 165mm
From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated.Object Type