Happy Birthday to Romsey and its citizens, 150 years old.
Check out the photographs of Friday Night’s Family celebrations at the Skate Park and the Gala Dinner on Saturday Night under the Marquee in the section Romsey Photo Gallery (top right hand side of the Web page) under the tab – About Romsey.
Romsey 150th Birthday – FAMILY NIGHT
“Be a Part of the Celebration”
Friday 25th February 2011
Lions Reserve (Skate Park) 6.30pm to 9pm
Skate/Scooter Competition Romsey Idol Talent Quest
FREE Games and Activities Face Painting
FREE BBQ Romsey Birthday Cake
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Proudly sponsored by Romsey Community Bank and RRBATA.
Bring a picnic, your family and friends!
Enquiries: Jenny Stillman (RRBATA) Ph. 0412 349849
Romsey 150th Birthday – Gala Community Dinner
A Celebration of Romsey and Fundraiser for the Lancefield Romsey Historical Society
Date: Saturday 26th February 2011
Time: 7.00pm (Pre Dinner Drinks)
A 3-course culinary feast with a colonial twist prepared by our local chefs from Sicilian Vespers, Soltan Pepper and The Bay Tree served under the stars, with the circa 1860 Romsey House as a historical backdrop.
Ticket price: $95 per person
(Includes Drink on arrival, Canapés, 3 course meal, Entertainment, Commemorative Gift and “Romsey Passport”)
Book early to avoid disappointment as seats are limited!
Enquiries: Joanne Hagen email@example.com ph. 0432 320553
ROMSEY will celebrate its 150th birthday on Saturday 26th Feb 2011. The township was gazetted as a town on February 25, 1861.
Like most settlements Romsey began beside a creek, which in this case was called Five Mile Creek as it was approximately that distance from the slightly earlier settlement of Lancefield. The first land sales were held in Kilmore in 1855. Various allotments were sold from this time onwards, around the area reserved for a future township, later to be named Romsey. One of the earliest dwellings was built by Sidney Seymour in the mid 1850s and this unique cottage is now maintained by the Historical Society and can be viewed.
The Romsey district was rich farming land and provided a "food basket" for travelers to the gold fields in the mid-to-late 1800s. Potatoes were grown for many years, until WW2 caused farming to change to sheep and cattle. Now days Romsey is more of a commuter town, but still retains its rural charm and is part of the tourist attractions of the Macedon Ranges Shire.
The anniversary celebrations will be a chance for residents to reflect on the rich history of the township.
A photo exhibition will also be held in the Romsey Mechanics’ Institute and members of the Romsey and Lancefield Districts Historical Society will be available to take visitors on an historical walk through the town. Seymour Cottage will also be open on the day and a community dinner will be held at Romsey House.
The celebration this weekend will include a market selling photos, postcards and books on Romsey, plus coasters, magnets and other memorabilia.
Chefs from the town’s three restaurants – Sicilian Vespers, Soltan Pepper and The Bay Tree – will serve food from 7pm.
The event will raise funds for the historical society. Tickets: $95 per person.
Details about the Celebration Dinner please contact: Joanne Hagen: 0432 320 553.
An excellent book: ROMSEY: A Veritable Garden of Eden (by Peter Mitchell, Alan Jackson, Carol Moore and Gavin Smith from West Bourke Books Inc.) will be available for sale at $25 over the weekend.