Mayor Pamela Rothfield was excited to be involved in opening of the 150th year celebrations at the Cowes town hall, being a resident of Phillip Island herself. Z010418

THE celebrations of Phillip Island’s 150th year were officially opened on Friday with Mayor Pamela Rothfield announcing the year to be one full of celebrations.
“Led by the Phillip Island 150th Celebrations Planning Committee, the year will provide a great opportunity to celebrate the Island and its rich Aboriginal and European history.”
After raising the 150th anniversary flag designed by local artist Christine Larson, visitors were then given the opportunity to sample some of the different events coming up this year.
The celebrations will be highlighted by the Gala Ball and Cowes Community Day both in November, as well as the Rhyll Wooden Boat Festival in March.
Each event had a stall dedicated to the event to give people a taste of what’s to come.
With key events organised by the committee and plans for large scale community activities, Cr Rothfield asked for all members of the community to get involved in the planning and operating of these events to make sure the 150th year is one to remember.
The 150th marks the first sale of land on Phillip Island on November 2, 1868, in a ballot held at Schnapper Point (now Mornington).
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 is being celebrated because it is the year of the first island-wide European settlement.