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’s focus is on events planned for the afternoon of April 8th when we hold a flag raising ceremony and the morning of April 9th when we conduct a flag lowering ceremony.

In recent years, events have been expanded to include a day long festival with market stalls and a program of entertainment.

Latest news

HURRY! Last chance to vote on how $50,000 of grant funding for community-based projects in the Kangaroo Island, Victor Harbor and Fleurieu Peninsula region is spent. Encounter Celebration is in the mix. Voting closes 5pm on Monday 7 August.

Please go onto the State Government web site, Fund My Idea Kangaroo Island and Fleurieu Peninsula and vote for Encounter Celebrations.

It would be great if you could share this link with your friends and ask them to to vote for us too.

Check out the scheduled events tab for the latest updates about what is happening in 2017.  Rolling updates and images are also posted regularly on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/encountercelebrationorganisation/

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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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