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175th Anniversary Celebration of Victoria Pass
Saturday 20th October 2007
Honouring the great structural feat of Major Sir Thomas Mitchell.
Due to his foresight, Victoria Pass became “the Gateway to the West”, changing the face of NSW from being a Penal Colony, to opening the whole of Australia.
A 'Great' Day! had by all who attended...
Hope to see you for the 200th celebration in 2032
Looking across to Victoria Pass
Celebrations at Mount Victoria & Hartley
The 175th Anniversary of Victoria Pass was celebrated with much pomp and ceremony in Mt. Victoria Village and Hartley Historic Village on Saturday the 20th October.
The eventfull day was the result of much planning and co-operative effort and came together with great enjoyment for all who attended.
Historic Cars and Bikes forged a trail connecting the 2 villages and Mountain bikes did a circuit of the Pioneering tracks.
A performance in Mt Victoria’s Memorial Park & Hartley historic village, by a colonial military re-enactment society, was a highlight of the celebration.
There was a plaque unveiling ceremony and some tree planting. The Lithgow City Band played and a performance was given by the local school choir.
For easier transport, the trolley bus made regular 'round circuit runs, picking up and dropping off passengers where desired.
All who attended experienced a day full of History, Ceremonies of importance and Fun activities.
At the end of the day, all agreed, harmony and goodwill had made the Historic happening a wonderful memory for all.