Port Lincoln Celebrates 180th Birthday


This weekend marks a massive milestone for Port Lincoln as Sunday 17th March is recognised as the towns 180th foundation birthday. 

To celebrate locals will gather out at the first landing place of Happy Valley where the original settlers came to shore.

Since 1939 the Caledonian Society have been celebrating Port Lincolns milestones including the 100th anniversary in 1939 and the 150th Anniversary in 1989.

Then in 1974 Perce Bailie then Chief if the Caledonian Society established the first landing reserve as a regular annual event. 

The celebrations will begin at 10.15 am Sunday morning with guest speakers including Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey and Brad Flaherty who will relate some of the experiences faced by the initial settlers upon arrival.

The morning will also see the flag raising by Navy Cadets and the City Band to provide music, the ceremony will then be followed by a sausage sizzle at Axel Stenross for a gold coin donation.

Roger Ingles now Chief of the Caledonian Society says they wish to involve as many community members as possible.

"We encourage young people, that’s why we have the navy cadets involved and we like to see young people taking interest in Port Lincoln history, not just the old buffs.” said Mr. Ingels