It’s been a long time since white settlement occurred in Angaston, 175 years in fact.
The community is embracing the milestone with a series of events and activities.
Along with the Angaston and Penrice Historical Society, the Angaston Community and Business Alliance (ACBA) is planning a 175th celebration cabaret on August 19 at the town hall.
A long lunch will be held at the end of the year.
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Plans are being made to erect a permanent marker to recognise the year in the Village Green area.
ACBA entered a float in the recent vintage festival parade based on the town’s anniversary with a birthday cake theme along with characters from a previous vintage festival town day.
D&M’s Bakery Cafe have released an Angaston Pie to celebrate.
The decadent pastry offers chunky beef in Yalumba Red Wine, Schutz smokey bacon and Mettwurst, Barossa Valley Cheese Company camembert and local pickles.
In 1993 a group of local residents and business owners formed the Angaston Main Street committee with the support of the then District Council of Angaston.
At the time, it was felt the town was in a slow decline with some empty shops and an undeveloped block where the former Oscar Linke’s motor garage and undertaker’s business previously stood
Over a period of time, this committee, with the support of The Barossa Council, went about steering the decline into the success which Angaston has become.
Significant change has occurred since then.
There is rarely a shop empty for more than a few weeks, the Oscar Linke area is now a beautiful Village Green and the power lines were put underground in 1997.
There are regular town events such as the eagerly anticipated and growing Christmas Party on the last Friday in November, celebrating Vintage Festival town day and long lunches amongst the events locals and visitors look forward to.
ACBA was formed out of the council-affiliated Angaston Management Group in 2015 and has refocused on the tasks of keeping the local events going and liaising with The Barossa Council about infrastructure development including the renewal of the Schilling Street footpath and repaving Murray Street footpaths.
- Details: angaston.org.au/