This was the intent behind the formation of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, which had it's beginning as an Agricultural Society on 5th July 1822. It aimed to increase livestock within the colony and share farming practices. The first show was held the following year in 1823 in Parramatta. The organisation was later called Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and became an important opportunity for growers and manufacturers to display their goods and compete. The society’s membership read like a who’s who of the colony at the time – leading land-owners, stock-owners and merchants like Samuel Marsden, William Cox, Hannibal McArthur, and John Blaxland. It was hoped that forming a centralised body would have the effect of raising standards in agriculture throughout the fledgling colony.