Town plans 150th anniversary celebration, then realise they’re three years too late
An Australian town which planned a huge 150th anniversary celebration had to abandon the festivities after discovering they were actually three years too late.
Charleville, in Queensland, had begun planning festivities to mark 150 years since it was officially recognised in 1868.
But plans stalled after a check of state records showed the historic moment had actually taken place in 1865.
The mayor of the town, Annie Liston, had put forward a large budget to the celebrations only to see it disappear.
Ms Liston told the BBC: ‘We put so much budget towards it, then we found out it was gone. It was the biggest shock to all of us, I can tell you.’
‘We were all prepared to have this big shindig next year and [the date] is not even correct.’
She added that historians in the town had previously given conflicting dates in the past and some records had been lost in a flood.
Resident Laurie Parker told Australia’s ABC: ‘There’s other things we’ve been concentrating on here and we’ve been wanting to get rain [to prevent drought] and pick up the economy and things like that, but certainly those sort of birthdays are important to celebrate.’
Though there is technically no anniversary, the town of 3,300 people will still celebrate next year.
Mayor Liston said: ‘We’re still planning on having some sort of celebration next year – the event staff are currently trying to organise what form the event will take at this stage.’
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