Albury 75: Our place, our story

Bruce Pennay (Curator)

Research output: Non-textual outputs, including Creative WorksCreative Works - Curation of Exhibition/Event/Festival


Albury was declared a city on 18 December 1946. An official Proclamation Day was celebrated on 10 April 1947. Why was so much energy invested in celebrating the proclamation?
The video provides a description and analysis of the celebratory procession outlining Albury’s claims to cityhood. It explains that Albury had a good Proclamation Day and Easter Festival. The crowds were big and appreciative: the Governor declared the procession the best he had seen. This was a transitional moment and proclamation day festivities were filmed and shown nation-wide.
Albury’s boasts of flock and crops, bricks and mortars explained its economic development and the kind of civilization that came with that development. These celebrations were a community sing along in which residents reassured themselves who they were and where they were. They established a togetherness, a sense of place, a collective imaginary of Albury.
One of a trilogy of videos Imagining the City of Albury
1 Declaring Albury City: Why was Albury declared a city?
2 Albury’s Greatest Day: Why was so much energy invested in celebrating the proclamation?
3 The New City of Albury: What did it mean to become a city?
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAlbury City Council
Media of outputOnline
Size3 videos for exhibition
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022


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