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Wellington Bicentenary celebrations to start in earnest

On August 18, 1817, explorer John Oxley found himself in Wiradjuri country where one of the largest Aboriginal groups in Australia resided. Locally, they called themselves Wirrum Wirrum.

While there was an organised culture living in the area, violent clashes arose disputing the occupation of traditional lands and a settlement was established in Wellington.

This month the town celebrates 200 years with numerous activities, performances, free entertainment and tours on Saturday, August 19.

Oxley named Wellington after the “Iron Duke” who defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. Special consideration will be given to the Wiradjuri people.