Tuesday, 28 November 2023

City of Belmont welcomes its 125th year

125 Years as a Local Government

The City of Belmont will commemorate its 125th year anniversary as a local government. In a tribute to this milestone, residents are invited to reflect on the City’s progress and achievements.

The City of Belmont’s journey to becoming a local government started on 2 December 1898 when the Belmont Roads Board was proclaimed in the Government Gazette. Elections were held and the first meeting of the Roads Board was held on 12 April 1899.

As part of the anniversary activities, a range of events will take place at Ruth Faulkner Library, Belmont Museum and across the City to promote the history of the area.

Mayor Robert Rossi, who currently teaches history, expressed his pride in the City of Belmont’s past, over the past 125 years and further prior to the establishment of the local council.

“Our heritage is a subject that is very near and dear to my heart. Our 125th anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the many stories of our past.

"From our First Nations people who nurtured the land for thousands of years to new arrivals seeking new opportunities, like my own grandparents who settled in the former suburb of Newburn, each have contributed their unique traditions, struggles and triumphs to make the City of Belmont what it is today.

"We are excited to celebrate this historic moment with everyone who calls the City of Belmont home,” said Mayor Rossi.

125 Year Timeline

We've created a timeline of key milestones that have shaped the City over the past 125 years. View the City of Belmont 125 Year Timeline.

Events to Celebrate 125 Years

Civic Dinner

The City’s Civic Dinner in early December will acknowledge a timeline of notable milestones in the City of Belmont’s past including the establishment of the first election for the Belmont Roads Board, the resident-led call for the first public pool “Clayden Aquatic Centre” in the City in 1971, and the groundbreaking for the iconic Belmont Hub in 2020.

To Dwell in Unity 

The first event to commemorate the anniversary is a talk by Dr Chris Berry at Ruth Faulkner Library on 29 November entitled ‘To Dwell in Unity’.

Dr Berry will look at how the City of Belmont was formed and how local government has changed to become more than just ‘roads, rates and rubbish’.

Register for 'To Dwell in Unity' on Thursday 29 November via Eventbrite

125 Year Teddy Bear Picnic

Ruth Faulkner Library is also hosting a 125 year celebratory Teddy Bear Picnic for our younger community members on 9 January. 

For more information about this free Storytime, visit the event page.