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Yorke’s Pearl celebrates 150 years

Abbie Tiller
It’s been 150 years since some of our favourite coastal towns were established on the stunning Yorke Peninsula, and that most definitely calls for celebration.
Much of the early exploration of lower Yorke Peninsula began from Oyster Bay, a convenient landing place, named after the rich oyster beds it contained, and later, as Stansbury.
The idyllic seaside town will celebrate in style on the October long-weekend, with a big line-up of events, including the award-winning seaside markets and an incredible night display of the town’s history, projected onto the cliff face overlooking Stansbury jetty.
The 150th celebrations will officially begin on Friday night, September 29, with food and drinks at the Bowls Club, before the bustling market day on Saturday.
Stansbury Seaside Markets have become a popular destination for locals and visitors on long weekends and during peak holiday periods. Sprawled along the foreshore underneath the iconic Norfolk Pines, with stalls including fresh local oysters, homemade preserves and pastries, jewellery, plants, toys, clothes, fishing rods and tackle, local wines, oils, candles, spices, art, books, delicious food and so much more.
A display of the town’s history will be on show in the Institute each day of the long weekend and you can even join a guided history walk on the Saturday and Sunday, where you’ll no doubt stroll past the impressive and iconic  ‘Memorial Tree’.
The monstrous Moreton Bay Fig was originally planted outside the town’s Institute in 1910, before being relocated to the foreshore in 1922, where it still exists in all it’s splendour.
On the Saturday and Sunday night of the town celebrations, everyone is invited to witness a unique display of Stansbury through the years, with over 300 photos projected onto the cliffs, depicting everything from the people, sporting triumphs, the Oyster industry, right back to the days of the Narangga people, who inhabited the land for thousands of years before European settlement.
The amazing projection of images will be narrated by well-known locals, Andrew and Yvonne Slater, Trevor Gill and Chris Duncan.
On Sunday, the celebrations will culminate with a party atmosphere at the “Bernie Vince Oval”, featuring music by local band, the Swamp Donkeys, a display of vintage vehicles, Blacksmith demonstrations, activities for the kids and a host of food vans and celebratory drinks.
For the full program of events click here.



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