Week 38: 100 Show Days

This year, 9 September 2017, was the 100th Northampton Show. When I was growing up on Mumby Farm and attended Ogilvie Primary School, the show was a day that everyone looked forward to.

This year was no exception and I made up my mind earlier in the year that I wanted to attend this show. So it was with careful planning of some other events that were happening, namely the opening of the tribute to the Fallen Soldiers from Chapman Valley, that I had to make sure didn’t clash with this weekend.

It was great to catch up with a lot of people and see all the exhibits. Sue White nee Hasleby, launched a book she had written about the 100 shows at Northampton, titled “One Day in September” showcasing the Rich History of the Northampton District Agricultural Society 1911-2017. Our family feature quite extensively in it.

During the war years, there were no shows held, hence it wasn’t 100 years, but 100 shows.


Sue writes in her book that on the 31st October 1910, at the Northampton Roads Board, a public meeting was held to discuss the prospects of introducing a Northampton Agricultural Society. Great grandfather Charles Cripps was present at that first meeting.

The Cripps’ have been known in the show circles for their Merino fleeces and in 1936, my grandparents, Tom and Norma Cripps were awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup for exhibitor gaining the highest aggregate of points in all or any sections and won by Mr and Mrs C.T.Cripps of Mumby. Another Silver Cup was presented by Messrs. Cripps Bros. for the exhibitor gaining the highest aggregate of points in confectionery, flowers, and fancy work, and was won by Mr and Mrs C.T. Cripps of Mumby.

The third generation of Cripps also did well in the show. Dad (Charlie Cripps), would enter sheaves of wheat and fleeces from his merino sheep into the wool section. His merino sheep would be entered in the show too and won him many prizes. The photos below are of dad with his prize merino ram.


At the show of 1948, the Geraldton Guardian wrote “Wilcox Mofflin Trophy-awarded to the exhibitor gaining the highest aggregate of points in the wool section and won by “Mumby” (C.T. Cripps)”.

The Cripps girls would enter their cooking and sewing. Margaret was a great cake decorator and won many prizes for her cakes. Flowers were grown on Mumby and these would be entered into the show as well. Everyone had something to enter and everyone won a prize. In 1937, Dad was awarded second prize for “Best Research Booklet”. He would have been 13 at the time and was only to be outdone by his sister Phyllis who won first prize. Look how neat his writing is!


The Drages’ used to work at Chilmony Bowes which was the next property to ours at Mumby. One year, Amy Drage was minding my brother Bobbo and I. Apparently, we pulled all the heads of Amy’s prize Chrysanthemum’s that she was preparing for the show. I believe we got the hair brush across the back of our legs for that little misdemeanor.

I remember when I was at Ogilvie School, doing art work, crafts with woven cane and plastic and entering these into the show. I don’t recall winning anything. It was a big event in the calendar every year and new dresses would be bought. I remember wearing my first pair of stockings to the Northampton Show. Stockings, yes! with suspender belts to hold them up. Oh, how we loved pantyhose when they first came out.

The next generation of Cripps’ are still entering objects in the show. My brother Peter and his son Lloyd entered some Lebeckia, a new perennial legume that he is trialling. While Anne, Peter’s wife took out the highest aggregate points for her knitting.




About Jenny MacKay

Just a person who is looking forward to retirement and enjoying the golden years!
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3 Responses to Week 38: 100 Show Days

  1. tstatton says:

    Happy memories from happy times. Well done to all the Cripps and to you also Jenny for being able to recall so many memories.

  2. A wonderful Show resume- and I get a mention too. Thank you so much. Like you, those memories of Show Day are forever etched into the brain and often retrieved. I would have loved the photos of Charlie and the ewe for the book too. Already I could write another dozen pages with new bits that have come to light.
    What amazed me is that although the Show is much bigger, more colourful and more relaxed now, the atmosphere that I remember – the buzz, care-free kids, and social interactions – is just the same. I had a ball.

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