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2013 marks the Sesquicentenary Year
(150th Anniversary 1863-2013) for the
official establishment of both the Bowral
and Moss Vale townships.
Council has established a Committee, for
each of the towns to guide preparations and
plan celebrations for both these Southern
A host of events and projects are being
planned some of which are specific to either
Moss Vale or Bowral and others will be across
The history of both Bowral and Moss Vale as
settlements dates back well before 1865.
Explorer and Surveyor General of NSW, John
Oxley was the first to occupy land on which
present day Bowral now stands. The building
of the Great Southern Railway from Sydney to
the south was the catalyst for the creation of
the Bowral township which was initially called
the Village of Burradoo.
A number of significant land grants
including that of Dr Charles Throsby were
granted in the very early 1800s which are now
occupied by the present day Moss Vale. Again
like Bowral, the establishment of the railway
provided the impetus for growth of the
township, which was named after Jemmy
Moss, an ex-convict servant to Charles
Throsby. Records show that the owners of the
large estates began subdividing their land with
the first lots sold in 1863. The railway was
opened officially in 1867.
Undoubtedly, it was the alignment of the
Great Southern Railway which ultimately led to
the growth and prosperity of Bowral and Moss
Vale as towns. The 1863 date is a period of
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significance in the history of both towns.
"OUR TOWN" PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
As a part of the 150th Anniversary
celebrations there are plans for a photographic
competition for each Town. We want your
photos that capture each town as it is in the 21st
Century. Photographs can be of items and
places of heritage, the landscape both natural
and built, people, iconic landmarks, the
seasons, etc. These photographs will then serve
as a snapshot of Bowral and Moss Vale in 2013
for future generations to appreciate.
Photos entered into this competition will be
displayed in Council's Civic Centre Foyer Gallery
and the Old Bowral Town Hall during the month
of June in 2013. Winning entries will be
published in the Highlife Magazine subject to
the judge's and editor's approval. Categories will
be open to adults, youth 12 -- 24 yrs of age and
under 12 yrs.
Please contact council for terms and
conditions. The entries close on 19 April 2013.
Please ensure that all photos are submitted to
Council prior to 4.30 pm on this date. Late
entries will not be accepted. Send entries to
Wingecarribee Shire Council, PO Box 141,
Moss Vale NSW 2577 or hand deliver to Civic
Centre, Elizabeth Street, Moss Vale.
WINGECARRIBEE ART PRIZE 2013
The Wingecarribee Art Prize is held every 2
years. As a part of the 150th Anniversary
celebrations in 2013, the Wingecarribee Art
Prize will be dedicated to celebrating the
Sesquicentenary of Bowral and Moss Vale.
Invitations are extended to artists to paint
images that capture each town as it is in the 21st
Century. Works can be of items and places of
heritage, the landscape both natural and built,
people, iconic landmarks, the seasons, etc.
These art works will then serve as a snapshot
of Bowral and Moss Vale in 2013 for future
generations to appreciate.
Art works entered into this competition
will be displayed at various venues in Bowral
and Moss Vale during the month of May in
2013. Winning entries will be published in the
Highlife Magazine subject to the judge's and
There will also be a People's Choice Award.
Further details about the Wingecarribee Art
Prize and Terms of Entry, please contact the
Bowral District Art Society on 4861 4093 Mon,
Wed, Thurs & Fri - 9 am-12 noon.
Entries will be received at the Bowral District
Art Society between 10am and 1pm on 1 May
2013. Late entries will not be accepted.
PUBLIC ART COMMEMORATIONS
Expressions of Interest are invited by 31
May 2012 for proposals for public art work(s)
to celebrate the Sesquicentenaries. The
work(s) will be completed and installed
towards the end of 2013. Proposals will be
submitted to the Public Art Advisory Committee
Please contact the Council's Cultural
Development Officer on 4868 0855 for
OLD PHOTOGRAPHS OF
BOWRAL AND MOSS VALE
Has your family been associated with Bowral
and Moss Vale for generations or maybe more
recently. Photos are a wonderful way of
depicting the history of the area and the people
who made their contributions to what both
Bowral and Moss Vale are today.
If you have old photographs of Bowral
and Moss Vale, the Sesquicentenary
organising committees would like to hear from
you and get copies of the photos so they can be
used in displays throughout 2013. Your
contribution as the owner of the photograph(s)
will be acknowledged if used in any
publications or displays.
Photographs can be dropped off at the
Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre in
Elizabeth Street Moss Vale, Mondays -- Fridays
between 9am -- 4:30 pm or the Berrima
and District Historical and Family History
Society Archives and Research Centre on
the corner of Bowral Road and Old Hume
Highway Mittagong, Mondays and Tuesdays
between 10am -- 4pm and Saturdays between
10am and 1pm.
HAVE YOUR FAMILY NAME RECORDED
IN OUR PIONEER WALKS
As part of the Sesquicentenary celebrations,
each Town will have a Pioneer Walk created.
Resident families or individuals both past and
present will have an opportunity to purchase a
brick with their name stencilled in the brick
which will then be laid as part of the Pioneer
Walk. The Pioneer Walk in Moss Vale will be
Leighton Gardens and the Pioneer Walk in
Bowral will form part of the establishment of
the Botanic Gardens.
Price of a brick will be $50 per brick.
This will be an everlasting record of your
association long or short with Bowral or Moss
Vale. Please contact Council's Cultural
Development Officer on 4868 0855 for further
information and form.
REGISTRATION OF COMMUNITY EVENTS
CELEBRATING THE SESQUICENTENARIES
Community Groups and Associations,
Organisations and Businesses in Bowral and
Moss Vale are invited to nominate an event
which is planned to occur in Bowral or Moss
Vale or both towns in 2013 as a
Sesquicentenary Event. A calendar of events is
being compiled for 2013 and will go on sale in
the later half of 2012.
If you would like an event to be part of the
Sesquicentenary Celebrations Calendar or
would like further details, please contact Mark
Pepping, Manager Strategic and Community
Development on 4868 0851. Events must be
registered by 30 June 2012
Check councils website for further
information. Stay tuned for Bowral and Moss
Vale Sesquicentenary website.
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