Showstopper: Jessie Bell holds 1915-1925 Ulong show schedules.
Showstopper: Jessie Bell holds 1915-1925 Ulong show schedules. Trevor Veale

Bell is ringing in show

SOME things change a lot – and some things hardly change at all, says Jessie Bell.

Sorting through papers that survived the flooding of her Coffs Harbour home last year, 90-year-old Mrs Bell came across schedules for the Eastern Dorrigo Agricultural Horticultural and Industrial Show Society, of which her father Thomas Timms was secretary from 1915-1925.

Mrs Bell, a keen exhibitor of flowers and cooking at Coffs Harbour Show for many years, said she was surprised how little schedules had changed in 95 years.

But what is exhibited has changed – in 1917 there were classes for sulky turnouts, trusses of hay, sheafs of wheat, barley and oats; flitches of bacon; hand made butter, separated cream – and even for the best-patched pair of trousers.



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