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Islanders get set to party through 2018
PHILLIP Island: dust off your streamers
and grab your stilettos because we’re set for a
year-long party through 2018, to celebrate our
The celebration will officially be launched on
January 10 with a ceremony in the Cowes town
square and will culminate on the official 150th
birthday, on Friday, November 2 with a histori-
During November there will be a street pro -
cession, community day and gala dinner at the
Grand Prix circuit, but events will run through-
out 2018 including the Rhyll Wooden Boat Fes-
tival from March 2-4, with local groups and
associations running their own community par-
ties through the year.
The 150th marks the first sale of land on
Phillip Island on November 2, 1868, in a bal-
lot held at Schnapper Point (now Mornington).
According to the Phillip Island and District
Historical Society’s John Jansson, while the
McHaffie brothers were the first settlers in
1842, and sealers were known to inhabit the
island in the early 1800s. The 1868 date was
being celebrated because it was the year of the
first island-wide European settlement.
“The historical society had big celebrations in
1942 to celebrate the McHaffie’s,” John said.
“In the early 1800s the sealers came, stayed
for a few months and then left, the British also
had a fort at Rhyll for a short time to frighten
off a French scientific expedition. There were
concerns they’d take possession.
“But this is about celebrating the sub-division,
European settlement across the whole island.”
The 2018 celebration will culminate on the
official 150th birthday, on Friday, November 2
with a re-enactment of the original land ballot.
Other events will include:
• Starting in the evening of Friday, March 2
and running through to Sunday March 4, the
Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival is a once-only, free
community event, primarily located on the fore-
shore at Rhyll through to the hall and park. It
will include a display of classic wooden boats,
a boat building workshop, yacht racing, classic
cars and caravans, displays of knot tying and
children’s pirate treasure hunts. “This certainly
seems appropriate as Rhyll is known as the site
of the earliest boat building industry in Victo-
ria,” organiser Judy Lawrence said.
• The Phillip Island Conservation Society will
release a book on women and the environment
• Friends of Churchill Island will hold an old-
fashioned picnic at Churchill Island on Sunday,
• On May 28 the Vietnam Veterans Museum
will hold a free public open day;
• In September Thompson Avenue’s golden
cypress trees will be celebrated with an exhibi-
• In November there will be an island-wide
bird count with the Twitch Day Out;
• Festivals through the year include: Island
Whale Festival (July 7 and 8), Literary Festival
(July 28 and 29), Jazz Festival (November 17
and 18), and Shearwater Festival (November 24
Peter Paul, member of the Phillip Island 150th
Celebration Planning Committee, said the high
point of the year’s party will be in November,
beginning with the historical re-enactment on
Friday 2, followed the next day by a street pa-
rade and community day and a gala dinner on
“November is chocablock,” Peter said.
He said the parade will be in the style of the
street procession that used to be held on the
island on New Year’s Day.
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