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185th Proclamation Day Commemoration

Tuesday 28 December 2021

The Proclamation Day event, held on 28 December every year at the Old Gum Tree Reserve in Glenelg North, commemorates the founding of South Australia.

This year, the 185th Proclamation Day commemoration will reflect on our shared history and what this important state ceremony means for all South Australians.

City of Holdfast Bay Mayor, Amanda Wilson, said that working alongside Kaurna Nation to include a focus on shared histories and truth telling is an important cultural shift for the commemoration.

“From what was once a celebration of the colonists is now a commemoration and acknowledgment of our shared histories, together with the Kaurna Nation,” said Mayor Wilson.

“We are walking together, side by side, sharing the stories of our history that are of equal importance to our community and our state”.

Her Excellency, the Hon Frances Adamson AC, Governor of South Australia, will read the Proclamation of South Australia at the ceremony hosted by the City of Holdfast Bay.

“185 years since the Proclamation of South Australia, we are on a journey of reconciliation,” said Governor Adamson.

“We have made progress in our state, and there is more to do.

“Returning to South Australia this year after many years away, I have been struck by our State’s sense of community, and I have no doubt we can work in this spirit of collaboration and action to break new ground on the path to reconciliation.

“I commend the City of Holdfast Bay for its strong relationships with the Kaurna community and for making Kaurna culture a central component of the Proclamation Day ceremony.”

Custodians of country, Kaurna Nation, will host a small overnight camp at the Old Gum Tree Reserve, along with a ceremonial fire from 3pm on the 27 December, the day before the commemoration event.

A new public art installation will also be officially unveiled at the Proclamation Day commemoration.

Papa Tjukurpa: Dingo Story, by Clancy Warner and Elizabeth Close, reflects the strong spiritual and cultural connection Traditional Owners from across South Australia have with country and acknowledges them as First Nations people.

The Proclamation Day event will begin from 9am on 28 December, with the Governor’s arrival at 9.30am.

The following road closures will be in effect in side streets surrounding the Old Gum Tree Reserve between 7am and 1pm:

• MacFarlane St, Glenelg North, between Alison St and Morris St

• Bagshaw St, Glenelg North, between Cornish St and Russell St

• Noble Lane, Leicester Street and Cummings Lane

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