2017 is a big year for our great town as on August 18, it celebrates 200 years since John Oxley and his crew first crossed into a beautiful glen he named Wellington after the "Iron Duke" of Wellington who had defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo two years before.
Wellington has a long and rich history, gazetted in 1823, it is the second oldest town west of the Blue Mountains. During the past 200 years the town has experienced many firsts - it's first building, first bank, first pool, sporting fields and much more.
It has seen periods of growth, the building of Burrendong Dam, agricultural advances and of course has endured many changes as the world continues to grow around us.
The original inhabitants of the area are the Wiradjuri people, known as the Wirum Wirum. At this time of celebration of Wellington it is important to acknowledge our Aboriginal people and families and pay tribute to the changes they have also had to endure.
This year, we hope to see everyone unite to come and celebrate this great town and all that has been achieved during the past 200 years. While a town is generally the structures that makes it, it is the people of Wellington that make it a true community, one that some choose to live their whole lives, one that some choose to return to after many years away or it is the one place that no matter how long people have lived away, always refer to as home in their hearts.
To celebrate, the Wellington Bicentenary Committee have released a commemorative emag that chronicles our history and shows the development of our community over the past 200 years. Take a look inside to see some familiar faces and places.
It is hoped past and present residents will all get involved in these great celebrations and pay tribute to the best little town in the west.
Check www.wellington200.com.au to stay up to date with the events and see more historical photos of our great little town throughout the last 200 years.
Check out the commemorative Wellington Community Guide here