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A Short History of the GSDCA and the National Show & Trial


The GSDCA commenced its activities on the 13th March 1960 as a result of the vision of its founder Mr Roy Brabham, who also became the inaugural President. The GSDCA was the first National Breed Council in Australia and the only one for many years. This was at a time when unsterilised German Shepherds were still prohibited from importation into Australia. The ban was partly lifted in 1972, and fully lifted in 1974.

The first National German Shepherd Dog Show and Obedience Trial was conducted in 1967, and soon became an annual event. The 38th National in 2010, hosted by the GSDCV, marked the 'Golden Jubilee' 50th anniversary of the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia.

The 2015 National GSD Show and Trial marks the 43rd holding of this prestigious event.

The major trophies at the 'National' are named in honour of the former officers and notable personalities of the Council. The Walter Henry Reimann memorial trophy is presented to the Gold medal winning Dog, and is named after the former editor of the National Review magazine. The Roy Brabham memorial trophy is presented to the Gold medal winning Bitch and is named after the founder of our organisation. The David O'Rourke Memorial trophy is presented to the best 'dual' competitor in Show and Trial, and is named after David, who was an obedience and conformation judge and Judge's Committee Chairman. The Rick Richardson memorial trophy is presented to the Gold medal winning Obedience Winner, and is named in memory of Rick who was a great supporter of obedience in WA and nationally. The Sam Bonifacio memorial trophy is presented to the most successful breeder at the national show and trial and is named in memory of Sam, who made a significant contribution to improving the breeding and future bloodlines of GSD's in Australia.