Welcome to the official website for Wellington's bicentenary celebrations.
2017 is sure to be a big year for this 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 become involved, join in celebrations such as beer can regatta or bicentenary day, plan your own event or provide us with some photos that can be used in displays to show Wellington's past and present.
Check back with our Wellington 200 website regularly to keep up to date with new events and activities as we celebrate 200 years throughout 2017.