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.
AFTER VERY CAREFUL CONSIDERATION AND CONCERN FOR OUR COMMUNITY, THE ENCOUNTER CELEBRATION COMMITTEE HAS DECIDED TO CANCEL THE 2020 ENCOUNTER FAIR. THIS DECISION IS MADE WITH MUCH REGRET AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT MANY WILL BE DISAPPOINTED, HOWEVER, WITH THE CURRENT SITUATION, THE COMMITTEE FEELS IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL CONCERNED.
The Encounter Celebration Committee will hold its AGM on Monday June 22 at 7pm at the Christian Revival Centre on George Main Road in Victor Harbor. Everybody is welcome to attend.
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.