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Masterton grandstand

The grandstand at the new Solway Park showgrounds in Masterton was opened in 1911. The stand seated 2,000 people, who could watch animals being judged, show-jumping, competitions such as wood chopping, and the Grand Parade. The ‘ladies’ retiring room’ at the back of the grandstand had the latest in dainty porcelain hand-basins. This is the architects’ drawing of the stand.

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Jock Phillips, 'Shows and field days - Shows as entertainment', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 July 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008