History on display at the City of Victor Harbor Library

LEGACY: Tyson and Luke Lewitzka and library manager Vicki Hutchinson at the Encounter display featuring the Nicolas Baudin costume, worn by the late Terry Lewitzka, during past Encounter Celebrations.
LEGACY: Tyson and Luke Lewitzka and library manager Vicki Hutchinson at the Encounter display featuring the Nicolas Baudin costume, worn by the late Terry Lewitzka, during past Encounter Celebrations.

The Victor Harbor Library will house an interesting and informative historical display in the lead up to the 'Encounter Celebrations' Festival which will be held on Warland Reserve on Sunday, April 8.

The display will incorporate a collection of memorabilia that was owned by local artist and historian the late Terry Lewitzka.

A  'Nicolas Baudin' replica costume that Terry owned and wore at each year's festival will be on show along with a sword, documents, the two ship's logs, photographs and other items.

The costume has been generously donated to the 'Encounter Celebration' Committee by the Lewitzka family.

Terry’s family, Lorraine (wife) and sons Luke and Tyson were present at the library to see the display first hand.

The exhibition highlights the important meeting of French explorer Captain Nicolas Baudin and British Captain Matthew Flinders in the waters of Encounter Bay on April 8, 1802.

The two captains, while their respective countries were at war, amicably discussed the charting of the final piece of Australia's coastline, which was along the shores of this region.

According to history, they both met on board Matthew Flinders’ ship, the 'Investigator', and exchanged information on the local Indigenous people as well as flora and fauna.

Manager of the Victor Harbor Library Vicki Hutchinson said she was pleased to have the display in the Victor Harbor library as it reflects and reminds the community of the importance of this event.

“We are proud to house the display for both locals and visitors to see,” Ms Hutchinson said.

“This region is rich in history and one of our roles at the library is to promote and  preserve the history for future generations.”  

The 'Encounter Celebrations Festival' is a free event and will be held from 12 noon to 4pm on Sunday, April 8. 

It will feature live music, entertainment, market and community stalls, as well as a collection of British and French classic cars. 

The event has grown over the years as the region celebrated an important part of its history.

At 4pm on that day, the official flag raising ceremony will take place on Warland Reserve and visitors to the event are invited to dress in period or nautical themed costumes, as prizes will be awarded for the best dressed in various categories.

The Encounter Celebrations exhibition will be open to the public during library hours and for more information on the event visit the website www.encountercelebrations.org 

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