Show Legends

Bob Lawrence

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Bob Lawrence first became involved with the Royal Adelaide Show in the late 1940s when he worked with his uncle.  This was the start of an association with the Show that has spanned seven decades.  During this time, Bob Lawrence invested in and operated amusement equipment exclusively at the Royal Adelaide Show. 

The most notable of these investments is the Mad Mouse built in 1963 and, in recent years, the accumulation of one of the finest collections of children’s amusements in Australia.

Bob Lawrence is a Life Member of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of SA Inc and has been a sponsor and key supporter of the Royal Adelaide Show.  His continuing support of the Show is evidenced by his recent announcement of a new roller coaster for future Royal Adelaide Shows.


Bunny Basham - Deceased

Legend - Bunny BBunny Basham was a strong supporter of the Show system since the early 1930s.  He mentored and encouraged others to participate in Show competitions as well as on organising committees.  Bunny was the face of the Adelaide Dairy Section for many years, visiting interstate “Royals” to promote the Royal Adelaide Show.

Bunny began showing Guernsey cattle in 1932, with his brother, and did not miss a Show.  He became a Councillor of the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia in 1959 and was Chairman of the Dairy Committee and a Member of the Executive before becoming an Honorary Councillor. 


John Ross

Legend - John RJohn first saw silhouettes being cut at the Michigan State Fair, when he was just twelve years of age. He was mesmerized and decided then and there, that’s what he wanted to do.

He came to Australia as a young soldier in the USA Army during WWII, where he fell in love and married an Australian girl. He made his first appearance at the Royal Adelaide Show in 1948 and was a familiar figure in Centennial Hall for many years, cutting silhouettes for generations of South Australians. John operated all over Australia and always sung the praises of the Adelaide Show for its friendliness and excellent organization.

S John Ross was a true Showman to his core, and a Royal Adelaide Show Legend.


Leith Jenkins

Legend - Leith JLeith Jenkins, a Royal Show pigeon exhibitor from the age of 10 years, instrumental in starting and coordinating the Farmyard Nursery from 1976-2005; ran coach rides during the Show using donkeys and was a major attraction in City Street Parades for many years herding his flock of sheep – Leith’s enthusiasm for the Show continues to grow.

Long-time Councillor of the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society, Leith Jenkins was awarded Citizen of the Year, Riverton Council in 2007 and an Order of Australia Medal for services to the community in 2009.

A Society Councillor since 1975, Chairman of the Poultry and Pigeon Committee from 1996 to 2008, Leith is a true Show Legend!


Colin E Lienert OAM

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Colin Lienert first exhibited at the Royal Adelaide Show in 1957, has continually exhibited for 58 years, was most successful breeder 54 times, won Champion Berkshire Boar 25 years in succession and has judged at 17 Australian Royal Shows.  Colin was a Gawler Agricultural Show Committee Member for 20 years, Vice President for five years, President for two and is a Life Member.

He exported Lynjoleen Berkshire Boars to England, Japan, NZ, Burma, Philippines and most Middle Eastern countries.  Lynjoleen Chantelle with a litter of 12 piglets was Champion Sow and Litter in America, her Champion award was recognised by the American Hall of Fame.

Colin served as a Society Councillor for 24 years, was on the Dairy Cattle & Pig Committee from December 12, 1978 to 2002, was Deputy Chairman 1985 to 1986 and from 1987 to 1988 was Chairman he was a champion of the Show constantly encouraging exhibitors. Colin resigned in 2002 and was appointed an Honorary Councillor in June 2011. 

Colin perfected the Pig Breeders Association Ear Notching System now used Australia-wide as the only recognised system for identification and rewrote the standard of excellence for the Australian Pig Breeders Association.

In June 2011 Colin was bestowed an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the stud pig industry and to the community at large.


Jock Duncan AM

Legend - Jock DJock (John Gordon) Duncan AM was appointed a Councillor on the Pastoral Committee in December 1981 and served on the Committee for 12 years, was Deputy Chairman of the Pastoral Committee in 1984, Chairman from 1986 to 1987 and Representative on the Executive from 1986 to 1993.

Jock retired from the Pastoral Committee in 1993 to serve the Society at Board level and was made an Honorary Councillor and Honorary Life Member in November 2015.

Not having missed a Show since 1947, his association with the Society spaned over sixty years from Sheep Pavilion hand, Steward, Councillor, Executive and Board Member and President.

As Society President, his leadership during some of the most challenging periods in the Society’s history was outstanding, and some of the challenges he had to deal with actually flouted the very survival of the Society.

Jock’s commitment to and enthusiasm for the Society and the Royal Adelaide Show has been exceptional, he has always promoted and endorsed the merits of the Royal Adelaide Show.

In August 2006 Jock was awarded Honourable Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Society of Commonwealth (RASC), and in January 2002 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community particularly through the Society and the Royal Adelaide Show.