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This article was published on 17 March 2010. The information contained within may be out of date or inaccurate. News articles and media releases older than 60 days are archived for future reference.

Shepparton Celebrates 150 announcement and website launch

News article released on Wednesday 17 March 2010

The township of Shepparton will celebrate 150 years as a settlement during September 2010, and to mark the occasion the town will come alive with celebrations under the banner of ‘Shepparton celebrates 150’.

Greater Shepparton City Council is leading the eight week festivities that will run throughout August to October, in conjunction with the Shepparton Heritage Centre Inc., formerly the Historical Society and the wider community.

Greater Shepparton Mayor Geoff Dobson said 2010 is the sesquicentenary and is an opportunity for the community to commemorate the establishment of Shepparton as a township.

"Shepparton was declared a town by the Governor on 24 September and officially gazetted on 28 September 1860," Cr Dobson said.

"We will be celebrating with many community events including openings, performances and photo exhibitions.

"The signature events of the festivities will include the Mayoral Ball, Victoria Park Lake opening and Shepparton Heritage Centre book launch.

"We are in the beginning stages of planning the celebrations, so I'd encourage any organisation, community group or person who is planning their own event around the period to get in touch with Council to link in with the celebrations."

The Shepparton Heritage Centre's website detailing historical information has been launched and a historical book is currently being researched and planned to be launched during September to celebrate and commemorate the 150 years.

Shepparton Heritage Centre Committee Member Bruce Wilson said the Shepparton Heritage Centre has engaged author Mr Martin Summons to compile the written work under the draft title Shepparton Township - 150 years of Shepparton progress.

"A committee is working with Mr Summons to gather information, facts and images," Mr Wilson said.

"Shepparton Township - 150 Years of Progress is a narrative history that will trace the development of Shepparton from the first crossing point across the Goulburn River at Macguire's Punt and detailing each of the 15 decades up to 2010.

"The book is designed to be a quality, hardbound reflection of Shepparton's progress from 1860 with a flowing narrative, highlighting many humorous and anecdotal stories and events.

"The narrative picks up on the importance of water in the ongoing development and growth of Shepparton and will include a range of specific historical events that highlight 150 years of progress."

Martin Summons

Author Martin Summons has an outstanding professional profile. He utilises writing and editing skills developed during his 12 years as a financial and general journalist and columnist with The Australian, Australian Business magazine, Australian Associated Press, Reuters, The Weekly Times and The Land. He recently worked as Research Editor for three stockbroking firms (ANZ McCaughan Securities, HSBC Securities and Citigroup Smith Barney), managing the editing and publication of all hard copy and electronic institutional research products. Martin has authored an Editorial Stylebook to assist researchers in their report-writing pursuits, and a companion book, Guide to Investment Terms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Media Studies and Sociology) from Swinburne University of Technology, is a supporting member of the Australasian Investor Relations Association (AIRA) and is a member of the State Library of Victoria Foundation.