Port Macquarie Hastings Bicentenary

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The 2021 Port Macquarie Hastings Bicentenary recognises 200 years since the establishment of Port Macquarie as one of Australia’s earliest penal settlements. 

Throughout the year, a wide range of events and activities were held acknowledging the history of the penal settlement and the suffering and displacement experienced by the Birpai people. 

Our bicentenary program included activities that reflected on our past, celebrated our present and looked toward an inclusive and positive future.

Wakulda: Weaving our Stories as One

This event lit up the Historic Courthouse with a ten-minute immersive sound and light projection. It told the stories that make up the history of Port Macquarie from the traditional owners of the land, the Birpai people, right through to the current day. The event proved so popular, you can catch a screening every night at 8.30pm.  

Our Place: My Story

As a part of Port Macquarie’s Bicentenary year, we invited our children and youth to share stories about what they think makes our region a special place to live. These stories were captured to form part of our future history; a time capsule portfolio of works publication of our young people’s connection to our place in Port Macquarie-Hastings region. A digital Portfolio of Works is available on our Library website or a hardcover copy of the book can be borrowed through the Port Macquarie library branch.

Other bicentenary activities

We are committed to commemorating the bicentenary, through establishing sculptural elements along our town’s foreshore and the redevelopment of Town Beach Flagstaff (c1821) as a historical icon and tourist attraction over the coming years.