Encounter Celebration Organisation

About us

Logo of the Encounter Celebration Committee

The Encounter Celebration Organisation was established in 2013 to promote and celebrate one of Australia’s most important maritime events – the April 1802 meeting between England’s Matthew Flinders and France’s Nicolas Baudin. This event led to the charting and naming of many of our coastal features and the resulting map-making provided the first complete map of Australia.

The Encounter Celebration Organisation is a  not-for-profit organisation, committed to fostering local knowledge and understanding of the role these two captains played. We continue to celebrate their historic encounter each year so that the importance of the Encounter in our local and nation’s history is kept alive.

To commemorate the actual date of the original encounter, the committee holds a flag raising ceremony on the afternoon of April 8 and conducts a flag lowering ceremony on the morning of April 9.

In recent years, events have been expanded to include a day long festival with market stalls and a program of entertainment. If the date of the encounter does not fall on a weekend, the festival will be held during the weekend preceding or following it.

Latest news

Encounter Celebrations Movie Night.
6:30 for 7:00pm start, 8th April 2021
37-41 Ocean Street, Victor Harbor.
🧾Limited tickets available.

“French Science on the High Seas, Voyages of Discoveries to our Shores and Beyond” and

“Jeanne Barret- the first woman to circumnavigate the world?”

Film, slide podcast, Q&A with Daniele Clode and Christèle Maizonniaux, from Flinders University.

in Local Waters on the 8th April 1802, between Baudin🇨🇵 and Flinders.🇦🇺

Tickets $13: available at Swan’s Pharmacy, Victoria Street, from the committee or at the door.

🔆Also on the 8th of April before the movie event -🚩A FLAG RAISING CEREMONY, will be held @ 4.00pm to commemorate the 119th anniversary of the Encounter at the Soldiers Memorial Gardens, Flinders Parade, Victor Harbor. All welcome.


Rolling updates and images are posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/encountercelebrationorganisation/

Encounter Celebration Organisation is proud to be a member of Creative France, the portal of all things French in South Australia.


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