Phillip Island,

Phillip Island 150th Sesquicentenary Launch

The Phillip Island 150th Celebration Planning Committee, together with Bass Coast Shire Council, are extending a warm welcome to community members to attend the launch of the year-long celebrations, this Friday in Cowes.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, chairs the Phillip Island 150th Celebration Planning Committee and is particularly excited about the upcoming events.

“This celebration is very close to my heart. My great grandfather, John Cleeland, built his home at Cape Woolamai in 1869, and my other great grandparents, William and Annie McFee, built theirs in Rhyll in 1883,” Cr Rothfield said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute to all the early settlers for their foresight and their courage, as well as acknowledge the challenges they faced in what was a very remote and isolated community in those days. Phillip Island is a place of rich history and achievements and we’re looking forward to celebrating and showcasing this.”

The 150 year celebrations are known as the sesquicentenary. The sesquicentary marks 150 years since farmland and town lot sales first occurred on Phillip Island.

The celebrations will respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Bunurong people, by launching the celebrations with a Welcome to Country.

Throughout the year local clubs and organisations will stage their own events to mark the 150 year celebrations.

“The launch will be a great opportunity to have a chat with community groups and find out what events are planned and how you can be involved”, said Cr Rothfield.

A few of the larger events throughout the year will be the Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival, Bendigo Bank Community Day and a special celebratory dinner towards the end of the sesquicentenary. “

The Launch will be held at the Cowes Cultural Centre on Friday 19 January between 11.00am and 12.00pm.

For more information, or to register your event, on the Phillip Island 150th Calendar of Events, go to:


For more information contact:

Geraldine Archibald

Digital communications officer

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