Australia's first national ploughing championships were held at Docker's Plains, near Wangaratta, Victoria, on May the 23rd and 24th this year.
Ploughshare and plow
Altar boys leading procession
R.V. Priest past plough
Procession through plough
Row of tractors
Tractors move off
C.U. SV. driver
R.V. tractor - No. 8
F.V. Driver - No.8
S.V. Tractor No. 1
F.V. No. 1
C.U. Driver No. 1 - stops - drops share into ground
F.V. No. 1
S.V. No. 1
Two little boys
C.U. plough and tractor wheels
M.S. plough furrow
M.S. tractor driving
R.V. Woman driver
F.V. Another woman driving
Horse over hill
C.S. do and riders
Ploughing - 2 boys in foreground
Fingers of bag-pipe reed
Girls dancing a reel
Two girls as sailors
L.S. Polo Match
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Background: Australia's first national ploughing championships were held at Docker's Plains, near Wangaratta, Victoria, on May the 23rd and 24th this year.
The winner... N. Fraser of Dean, Victoria.. who now holds the men's national title, will represent Australia in the "Golden Plough", the World Ploughing Championships at Stuttgart, Germany, in October.
As well as a return trip to Europe, the winner also receives a replica of the first plough used in Australia by the first former at Parramatta, near Sydney, in 1791 ... James Ruse. He sowed the first wheat in Australia.
Teams from two States ... Victoria and New South Wales ... took part and as well there was a National Women's Ploughing Championship.
Victorians filled the first three places in the finals of the Australia Ploughing Championships at Wangaratta. L. Clarke of Monmeath was second, and J. Chrispe of Byaduk third. Conditions were excellent for ploughing after steady rain the previous day and night.
Mr. Fraser, the winner, was presented with the miniature silver plough.
The Women's Ploughing Competition was won by Miss Mary Eagen, of Moyhu, second place to Miss Audry Gibb, of Moyhu, and third place went to Miss Mary Kirk of Tallangatta. Thirteen Victorian and seven New South Wales ploughmen contested the championships.
The area involved was half and acre in reasonably flat sod country. The National Championships were a day long affair, beginning with a religious ceremony in the morning, with the symbolic blessing of a plough, This was done at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Wangaratta.
Then the ploughing began. During the day, there were machinery exhibitions. highland dancing competitions for Australians of Scottish extraction, and polo and polocross matches between country teams. Fifteen teams of six each, staged a knockout carnival, and victory went to the Albury team.
The National Championships had been preceded by a two day Victorian State Championship earlier in May.