Wellstead celebrates 50 years
Wellstead's main street is set to become a hive of activity during an anniversary celebration of the town's settlement this weekend.
The district's population of about 160 people is set to double as past residents return for the 50-year anniversary of the town's settlement and primary school's opening.
Wellstead Primary School principal Leonie Murdoch said more than 350 people from across Australia were expected to descend on the town to reminisce with past school mates and residents at events on Saturday and Sunday.
A time capsule buried in 1990 by about 40 students to mark the school's 25th anniversary will be unearthed and opened at the school at 11am on Sunday.
"A few of the students who buried it are still in the community and they are really excited," Mrs Murdoch said.
A new time capsule created by the school's 18 current students over the past 18 months will replace it, which is planned to be dug up in 2040 to mark the school's 75th anniversary.
"All the students have written an ode to Wellstead, a list of their memories, a letter to themselves and a photo," she said.
"We are really looking forward to it - it will be fun reconnecting with friends and families.
"It is amazing how the community has come together to contribute to making it a success."
Other activities include a cultural sharing workshop at Wellstead Hall from 9am to 1pm on Saturday and historical displays at Wellstead Community Resource Centre from 2pm to 3.30pm on Sunday.
The renovated Wellstead Hall will be opened at 4pm on Sunday, to be followed by a dinner and entertainment.
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