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This Board was appointed in November 1982 by the Premier, Mr. John Cain, to organise an extensive range of activities from 17 November 1984 to 11 November 1985 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of permanent European settlement in Victoria. It carried on the work of its preceding agency - Victoria's 150th Anniversary Celebrations Citizens' Council (VA 2833).
The new arrangements reflected a change of direction in the organisation of anniversary activities introduced by the new Labor Government. This led to the resignation of the Citizens' Council Chairman and Executive Director. The new Board's Chairman, Mr Ranald Macdonald, was appointed in November 1982, and an Executive Committee headed by Dr. Michael Searby was formed. The Citizen's Council, although not officially disbanded, met as an advisory body on only two occasions after November 1982, and played no real part in organisation thereafter. The Specialist Committees set up by the Council continued in their role of program development, although not always in the same form as before. Several committees were either reformed or amalgamated.
Victoria's 150th Anniversary Board was initially part of the Department of Premier and Cabinet (VA 1039). It was transferred to the Ministry of the Arts (VA 1025) between October 1983 and June 1985, but continued to report to the Premier.
For more details, see the Final Report, Victoria's 150th Anniversary Board.
Location of Records
All extant records have been transferred to the Public Record Office,