Claremont Showground

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Claremont Showground
Centenary pavilion
Location Claremont, Western Australia
Coordinates 31°58′32″S 115°47′07″E / 31.97556°S 115.78528°E / -31.97556; 115.78528Coordinates: 31°58′32″S 115°47′07″E / 31.97556°S 115.78528°E / -31.97556; 115.78528
Owner Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia[1]
Operator Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia
Capacity 40,000 (Big Day Out 2011)[2]
10,000 (WAFL matches) [3]
Opened 1905
Tenants
Big Day Out (2002-2011, 2013)
Perth Royal Show
Claremont-Cottesloe Football Club (1926)
Claremont Speedway (1927-2000)
Supanova Pop Culture Expo
Claremont Football Club (2014–2016)

The Claremont Showground near Perth, Western Australia is home to the annual Perth Royal Show. In 1902, 32 acres of land were reserved in the Perth suburb of Claremont for new showgrounds to replace the Guildford Showgrounds. The Royal Agricultural Show, of three days, was first held there in October and November 1905.[4]

History[edit]

In 1929 a pavilion and other features were built for the Western Australia Centenary.[5]

The Claremont Showground is serviced by a special events railway station on the Fremantle line. Opened on 20 September 1995, it has direct connection with the showgrounds.[6] The original Showgrounds Station, opened in 1954, was located 350 metres further east with platforms on either side of the line, and required negotiating road crossings to access the showgrounds.

Bruce Campbell Arena[edit]

The Bruce Campbell Arena, an enclosed grass field forms the focal point of events at the Showgrounds.[7]

Speedway[edit]

From 1927 until 2000, the 586 metres (641 yards) Claremont Speedway operated on a track around the edge of the arena. Its size saw it the largest speedway in weekly operation in a state capital in Australia.[8]

With the closure of Claremont, speedway in Perth moved to the 500 metres (550 yards) Perth Motorplex Speedway in Kwinana Beach.

Australian rules football[edit]

The arena has been the past been used for Australian rules football matches. In the West Australian Football League (WAFL), Perth won its first premiership against East Fremantle there in 1907.[9] They were the original home of Claremont-Cottesloe Football Club in its first year in the WAFL before moving to Claremont Oval in 1927. On 19 March 2005, the venue was used to host a one-off WAFL match between Claremont and West Perth, with Claremont winning in front of 7,812 spectators. Due to redevelopment of Claremont Oval, Claremont used the Showgrounds as its home ground between 2014 and 2016.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RAS history Archived 24 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ The Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia (31 Mar 2011). "Annual Report 2011" (pdf). Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Claremont Showground". Austadiums.com. Austadiums. Retrieved 11 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Vigilans et Audax" (3 Nov 1905). "The West Australian". The West Australian. p. 4. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  5. ^ State reference library images of exhibits at the 1929 royal show
  6. ^ Charlton, Eric (20 Sep 1995). "Claremont Showgrounds Railway Station opened". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 
  7. ^ "Bruce Campbell Arena". Claremont Showground. Retrieved 28 April 2017. 
  8. ^ http://www.vintagespeedway.com/Claremont.html
  9. ^ "Wing" (23 Aug 1945). "Australian Rules Football - Further facts about early days". The Western Mail. p. 47. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  10. ^ Lewis, Tracey (5 April 2014). "Tigers and Lions go hunting in neutral territory". Football Budget. West Australian Football Commission. pp. 4–5. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cooper,William., Moore, Garrick and Michael White.(2004) Adversity and achievement : a history of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia Claremont, W.A.: The Society. ISBN 0-646-43969-3

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