Grenfell Celebrates 150 years

In 2016 Grenfell will celebrate 150 years since the town was founded after the discovery of Gold at O’Brien’s Hill by shepherd Cornelius O’Brien in 1866.

This will be celebrated with a year of activities starting on January 26th with Australia Day in Taylor Park and concluding with 3 days of activities over the October long weekend (1st-3rd October 2016). The theme of the Sesquicentenary celebrations is 'Come Home to Grenfell' and all past residents of Grenfell are encouraged to come back to the town to catch up with friends.

Grenfell Sesquicentenary

Photos courtesy Harry Nicoll


The program of events for Grenfell's 150th birthday celebrations are as follows:

2016 Event
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th November

Meet & Greek Weekend 
Grenfell will welcome returning members of the Greek community on November 18-19. Many Greek families immigrated to Australia from the 1900’s. Grenfell was lucky to have the influence of a Greek community and their cafes were a significant part of the town, social places to meet for all ages.

Friday 18th November

  • 6.30pm - Railway Hotel meet for dinner

Saturday 19th November

  • 10.30am - Meet at the Grenfell Visitor Information Centre for a walk of the street and photos
  • 12noon - 3pm - Lunch at the Exchange Hotel for 'Grenfell Greek Family' - invitation only
  • 6.30pm - Meet & Greek Dinner - Come along to the final event of Grenfell’s Sesquicentenary, ‘Meet and Greek’ Dinner at the Showground. Enjoy Greek cuisine, dance to Greek band ‘Paradise’ and say ‘yassou’ to your old friends! Tickets are $45 and are available from the Exchange Hotel, Jan 02 6343 1984 or Alison Rumps 0402732255.

Local Profiles

There were many original families that were part of the settlement of Grenfell. These families will be celebrated during the Sesquicentenary. If you are one of these original families and would like to display your family history at the Sesquicentenary celebration please contact the committee.

Historic Homes Book Project

The Historic Homes book compiles images and text of approximately 70 historic homes in the Weddin Shire. The book details the builders and architects and stories about the home including interesting anecdotes. This book will be launched on 7th May 2016 however presales are welcome by contacting the treasurer Pene Star on .

Gift vouchers for the "Historic Homes of the Weddin Shire" book to be published in 2016 are available just in time for Christmas. These will make the perfect stocking filler and this is a limited edition publication so get in quick! To order a gift voucher please contact either Pene Starr (02 6343 7114), Hugh Moffitt (02 6343 1424) or Jenny Hetherington (02 6343 1576) or email .

Beard Growing Competition

As part of Grenfell's 150 year festivities a beard growing competition will be held throughout the year. The commencement date will be Australia Day 2016 and completion along with judging will be held on the long weekend in October. As we know, some wives/partners may object to this hairy growth on their partner's faces, therefore we have made this a fun endeavour, with no monetary cost to enter, or prizes.

Categories are as follows:

  1. Best overall beard suited to that person
  2. Best bushranger look
  3. Most unusual looking (eg. Waxed, curled, etc)
  4. Best natural colour

Winners will receive a certificate and the hard-earned right to bask in the glory of superior man-scaping prowess. Entry forms are available from the Council Office and the Grenfell Record and you may enter any time up to the judging date. For further information contact Lloyd Thomas on 0423 344 314.

Beard trimming chart by W.W. Bode, 1884Beard trimming chart by W.W. Bode, 1884
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Henry Lawson High School - Design a Postcard Competition

The design phase of the competition runs for the month of Febuary. Judging will take place in March with an awards supper and exhibition. All postcards will then go on display in a shop window for the duration of the year. Postcard category winners will be made into postcards and sold at events during the year, with all funds raised going to support students selected to represent the school at a state level. If you wish to discuss any aspect of this event please feel free to contact Helen Carpenter Secretary and co-ordinator for event, 0428 542 708 or 6343 3265.

Download more information here.

The sesquicentenary committee is a small team of passionate locals who want to see Grenfell celebrate this milestone in style.

The committee meets regularly and are developing a number of activities to mark the milestone including a time capsule, tree planting, two books and much more.

The committee chair is Peter Moffitt, secretary is Glenn Carroll and treasure is Pene Star. If you would like to contact the committee please email

Weddin Shire Council are proud sponsors of the Grenfell Sesquicentenary

Loaders Coaches are proud sponsors of the Grenfell Sesquicentenary

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