On December 28th 1836, Governor Hindmarsh arrived in South Australia aboard the Buffalo and – in 40 degree heat – read the Proclamation of South Australia document at the Old Gum Tree.
Mayor of the City of Holdfast Bay, Ken Rollond, said that since that time the State has come a long way.
“Nowadays, South Australia offers a place to live that’s the envy of the world in scenery, resources and culture,” he said.
“That progress has been built on the backs of every immigrant who landed here – from the ancestors of the Kaurna people, through to the settlers from Europe, Asia and from all around the world.”
At the Proclamation Day Ceremony this year, His Excellency Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Governor of South Australia will be reading the Proclamation to visitors attending the event from all over Australia, including a number of dignitaries and descendants of the pioneers.
As part of the family fun day, there will be a free community lunch following the formal proceedings, with music and roving entertainment.
Artwork produced by students from local schools, inspired by the history of Proclamation Day, will be displayed at the Old Gum Tree Reserve where the ceremony takes place.
The Ceremony begins at 9.00am and the community lunch will take place between 10:30am and 1.00pm.
Location: Old Gum Tree Reserve, McFarlane St, Glenelg North
Date: 28 December 2011
Time: 9am – 1pm
For more info, visit the City of Holdfast Bay's website.