Willunga will celebrate its 175th birthday in 2014 with a range of activities and special events to reflect its rich history and present-day diversity. Willunga National Trust is a member of the Willunga 175 Committee which is very keen to receive ideas and suggestions for activities, events, reunions, etc, to be included in the program for 2014.

What was happening in Willunga in 1839?

A survey store, police hut and postal hut had been built on the government reserve by the creek. The road from McLaren Vale to Willunga had been surveyed and cleared of trees. Mail was delivered to and from Willunga fortnightly by police officers – this was the first country mail route in SA (between Adelaide and Encounter Bay). Atkinson brothers opened the first Bush Inn, a meagre thatched structure on St James Street. What else? More information about Willunga in 1839 is very welcome.


Willunga National Trust is seeking ideas about special activities that we could undertake as our contribution to the celebrations, especially during History Month in May 2014. Please leave a message on 8556 2195 and or email us at willunganationaltrust@gmail.com.


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