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Woodchopping

Skill and strength

Woodchopping, where skilled contestants try to be the first to cut through a log or block of wood, is a popular feature of royal shows. The sport began in Australia in about 1870, with the first tournament held in Tasmania in 1891. The Royal Adelaide Show held its first woodchopping competition in 1905. Highly-skilled (and strong) axemen and women still compete in woodchopping contests at shows today.

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  • Black and white photograph of woodchopping competition. Two men stand on top of legs, cutting a thick section of wood with axes. A third has stepped off the wooden block and raises his axe in the air.
    Woodchopping, early 1950s
  • Colour photograph, taken from a grandstand, showing five men in a woodchopping competition.
    Woodchopping, 2005

 

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