Eighteen months of preparation came to a head this morning as hundreds of people gathered in Cameron Park to celebrate Wellington’s 200th birthday.
Wiradjuri dancers from Wellington High School and Wellington Public School kicked off the day with a captivating performance before Aboriginal elder, Aunty Joyce Williams, welcomed the crowd.
A re-enactment of John Oxley and his crew entertained those who braved the cold start. The party was led by Ken Dombrain as Lieutenant John Oxley, Peter Barton as George Evans, High Taylor as Allan Cunningham, and local school students Livvy Taylor, Will Eather, Liam Miller, Alex Graham, Anthony Ah See, Archie Rich, Shep Taylor, Will Horton, Deacon George and Jack Whiteley.
MC Tim Gilbert of the TODAY Show, Channel Nine, ensured the ceremony ran smoothly. Wellington Bicentenary Committee member, Mark Griggs, as well as Dubbo Regional Council administrator Michael Kneipp, Member for Dubbo Troy Grant and Federal Member Andrew Gee also spoke at the ceremony in wishing the vibrant little town a happy birthday.
Special guest and award-winning actor, Max Cullen, had the audience in fits of laughter as he spoke of his connection with the town.
The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of the BINJANG Memorial at the front of the council chambers.
Crowds continued to linger in Cameron Park where they enjoyed market and food stalls, coffee and entertainment for the kids, the highlight being a vintage carousel.
Celebrations will continue into the evenings with a Lion of Waterloo re-enactment at 5pm, a trivia night at the Soldiers Club at 6.30pm, and a night of entertainment at local pubs and venues.
Happy 200th Birthday, Wellington!