Monday, October 28, 2013

Birthday for Geelong

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I noticed this story in the Bay FM website: Geelong has a birthday!
Geelong viewIt may go largely un-noticed but today is a special day for Geelong, with the city marking its 175th birthday.

It was on this day in 1838 that Geelong was officially proclaimed a town.
At the time there was little hint as to what was to come, with a population of only 200 and land in the area selling for the princely sum of 5 pounds sterling an acre.
Geelong_in_1840Within three years though the number of people calling Geelong home had more than doubled to 454.
The township proclamation came just a year after the area was named Geelong by Governor Richard Burke.
It was based on the word ‘Jillong’, used by by the local Wathaurong indigenous people to describe the area and which is thought to have meant ‘land’ or ‘cliffs’.


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