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Competition Information

Woodchopping first started at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1911 with two events - standing block and underhand. There were 22 competitors in each event. A. Hartman of Woori Yallock and L. Thomas of Beech Forest won respectively.

In 1912 two other events, single hand sawing and a standing teams race of two men were included.

The Centenary of Woodchopping at the Royal Melbourne Show was celebrated in 2011 by a special invitational Heritage Event. As part of the Centenary celebrations members of Alex Hartmann’s family attended the event and Alex’s son, Mr Paul Mason made the presentations.

Today the Royal Melbourne Show Woodchop Championships has more than 50 classes including women’s classes in underhand, teams racing and hot saw.

History

1911 Woodchop

Woodchopping first started at the Royal Melbourne Show in 1911 with two events - standing block and underhand.  There were 22 competitors in each event.  A Hartman of  Woori Yallock and L Thomas of Beech Forest won respectively.

In 1912 two other events, single hand sawing and a standing teams race of two men were included.

The Centenary of Woodchopping at the Royal Melbourne Show was celebrated in 2011 by a special invitational Heritage Event.  Competitors were chosen by the Woodchop Committee and were the top eight entrants of 2011 including Mr Dale Beams, Mr Matthew Gurr, Mr Laurence O’Toole, Mr Joseph Rattray, Mr David Coffey, Mr Brad Delosa, Mr David McIntosh and Mr Shane Jordan.

As part of the Centenary Celebrations members of Alex Hartmann’s family attended this event and Alex’s son, Mr Paul Mason made the presentations.

 

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