Goulburn's 150th Birthday

It’s party time! This year we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Goulburn becoming a city and, thanks to numerous volunteers including the hard-working members of the Birthday Committee, we’ve got a year-long party to celebrate the occasion.

Official celebrations are set for March 14 and will be attended by NSW Governor Marie Bashir and Premier Barry O’Farrell (among many other dignitaries) but there are a host of activities planned across the entire year including a street parade, the launch of a commemorative birthday book, a Giant Cupcake competition and a live radio broadcast just for starters. A full list can be found here.

And on top of celebrating the great city we have today, we’ll also be looking back on our history and how we got here. Many of the activities organised (and some that have already taken place) will recognise and celebrate that history. We’ve been fortunate to have local historian Roger Bayley write a series of articles on Goulburn’s history for the Post and these appear on this page. On top of that we’ve also linked the stories we’ve uploaded promoting the birthday.

We also have links to the various great websites and related online resources so hopefully this page can help you stay connected to all of the events and activities planned as the year goes by. Enjoy the year and let’s celebrate how lucky we are to live in this great city.


- Official Program
- Official website
- Birthday calendar
- Goulburn's birthday book
- Street parade timeline
- Visit Goulburn Australia
- Goulburn Mulwaree Council 150th page
- Goulburn Visitor Information

Jess Aliffi from the Visitor's Information Centre previews Goulburn's 150th birthday as a city with Mayor Geoff Kettle and Cr Carol James

Cr Carol James and Mayor Geoff Kettle join with fellow Goulburnians and the Goulburn 150th birthday cake

PART 01: Looking back on a proud history
PART 02: Paddy's big find
PART 03: District discovered by fluke
PART 04: Goulburn's founding fathers
PART 05: The settlement of Old Goulburn
PART 06: Population of 229 - only 7 were female
PART 07: The nine plagues of 1839
PART 08: Goulburn's Roaring Forties
PART 09: The 1850s… living in the Golden Years
PART 10: Stage coach to steam


- What Goulburn's birthday means: Kettle (GP March 14, 2012)
- City's birthday - be our guest (GP April 17, 2012)
- Book your spot on b'day calendar (GP July 25, 2012)
- City's birthday - be our guest (GP April 17, 2012)
- 150 reasons to celebrate (GP October 31, 2012)
- Raiders and Bulldogs to kick-off Goulburn's 150th (GP September 9, 2012)
- From the dog-house to the chook-pen (GP November 12, 2012)
- Birthday's guiding light (GP November 26, 2012)
- Visitor's guide launch for 150th birthday: Gallery (GP November 27, 2012)
- Motorcycle event to celebrate city's 150th (GP December 3, 2012)
- Help to make history (GP December 19, 2012)
- Show 75 days to go (GP December 26, 2012)
- Luminaries line up for 150th (GP January 2, 2013)
- Year for resolution (GP January 2, 2013)
- Knit one, pearl one for Rambo (GP January 16, 2013)
- GRAG's five star program (GP January 21, 2013)
- Your guide to the big bash (GP January 23, 2013)
- Exhibition to link big birthday cities (GP January 25, 2013)
- Patently frustrating (GP January 30, 2013)
- $150 reasons to say why you love Goulburn (GP February 2, 2013)
- Special birthday coin makes sense (GP February 8, 2013)
- Last Kenmore artefact in time for 150th b'day (GP February 18, 2013)
- Manfred's West End wonders (GP February 20, 2013)
- 150th party pooper Marg told to pipe down (GP February 22, 2013)
- Birthday blues for Coles staff (GP February 22, 2013)
- History in the making (GP February 27, 2013)
- Bishop returns `home' (GP March 1, 2013)
- Club's treasure trove of history (GP March 1, 2013)
- Historian Lynne holds court (GP March 6, 2013)
- Knitters pull wool over Rambo (GP March 11, 2013)


GALLERY: "Goulburn 2013" book launch
GALLERY: Mainstreet Manfred exhibition launch
GALLERY: Big Merino gets a Big Scarf
GALLERY: Goulburn Show 2013
Goulburn Rose Festival 2013: Gallery
Goulburn 150th Birthday Celebrations: Gallery
Goulburn Birthday Parade: Candy's Gallery
Goulburn Birthday Parade: Alex' Gallery
Goulburn Birthday Parade: Louise's Gallery
Goulburn Birthday Parade: Darryl's Gallery 1
Goulburn Birthday Parade: Darryl's Gallery 2
Goulburn Birthday Parade: Darryl's Gallery 3
Goulburn Birthday - Saturday in the Park: Gallery
Goulburn Birthday - Fireworks: Gallery


VIDEO: Wrapping up Rambo
VIDEO: What's on this week in Goulburn: March 4
VIDEO: Goulburn Sesquicentenary - Official Reception
VIDEO: Jockey Rudd's memories of Goulburn

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