Poochera's centenary celebration a success

The Poochera community was finally able to get together and mark the town's 100th anniversary with a day of celebration late last month.

About 300 people were in attendance to enjoy the great weather and food on offer, as well as a day full of events and activities throughout the town.

Poochera was officially gazetted on September 23, 1920, however due to COVID-19 the centenary celebration was pushed back to this year.

The formal part of the morning included Heidi Coleman and her group of singers leading the crowd in singing 'Advance Australia Fair'.

The flag and and the time capsule - from the 75th anniversary celebration in 1995 - were raised by longtime resident Mary McCormack, followed by addresses by the president of the Poochera and Districts Historical Society Phillip Gosling, Streaky Bay councillor Graham Gunn and Member for Flinders Peter Treloar.

Following this, people spread out to view the vintage cars, the displays in the museum, and the timeline of photographs at the hall, as well as enjoy morning tea.

The Poochera Hotel provided a pig on a spit lunch, while there were alternative meals provided by the sports complex and mid-afternoon saw a cavalcade of cars heading out to investigate the new Poochera Water Catchment Project.

It proved a successful day, with the Poochera community rolling up their sleeves to get involved.

The Poochera Hotel, the Poochera Hall Committee, the complex committee, the Streaky Bay District Council, the vintage car club members who brought some wonderfully renovated old cars along, those who planted and tended to the gardens, James Cook with his brilliant orange tractor, Rebecca Gosling for the photo exhibition, and Phillip Gosling and others involved with the historical society, all pitched in and helped to make the day a memorable one.

Souvenirs are still available for anybody who could not attend the centenary celebration.