Family fun at proclamation celebrations

PETERBOROUGH residents stepped back in time as Peterborough Football Oval played host to Petersburg Proclamation Day celebrations. The festivities celebrated the rich history of the town which was declared a municipality – then known as Petersburg – in 1886.

The story of Petersburg stretches back as far as 1843 when Captain Edward Frome led an expedition into the area and following exploration, occupational licences saw early settlers establish sheep runs. The township of Yongala was established in 1876 but it wasn’t until 1880 that the township was surveyed and named Petersburg. By 1886, townsfolk petitioned the government to become the Corporate Town of Petersburg. 

The name, Petersburg, however, was relatively short lived owing to anti-German sentiment in World War I and by 1917 the town was renamed to Peterborough. 

Mayor Ruth Whittle, when opening Sunday’s event which was attended by more than 500 people, paid tribute to the organisers of the festivities. 

“Hopefully, it will be the start of many more events to come,” she said.

Sharon Parker, part of the organising committee, said the response to the event was above and beyond what they had expected. 

“We had a great response from the community,” she said.

“The feedback we have received has all been positive.”

She said the Adelaide Regiment of Volunteer Rifles’ displays were a huge success. 

She paid tribute to the people who helped make the day a success – including the organising committee – and thanked Henry Crossley for being master-of-ceremonies. 

Federal Grey MP, Rowan Ramsey, said he was constantly amazed by the ability of the Peterborough community to step up and promote itself. Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan echoed similar sentiments and said locals put a lot of effort into making sure people outside of the town know how wonderful Peterborough is. 

The event was a Peterborough Brighter Futures project – an initiative of Peterborough Thriving Communities and Uniting Country SA supported by the Department of Human Services and Department of Education.