A competition in schools across the Fleurieu highlighted the Encounter between Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin

ENCOUNTER: Port Elliot Primary School students Leila, Rose, Jack, Malcolm, Summer and Dylan with their drawings and teacher Ron Blacker.
ENCOUNTER: Port Elliot Primary School students Leila, Rose, Jack, Malcolm, Summer and Dylan with their drawings and teacher Ron Blacker.

The 2020 'Encounter Celebrations Festival', which is generally held in April, was cancelled this year due to COVID-19.

However, a competition run throughout local schools in conjunction with the festival, attracted record entries and was deemed a huge success despite the cancellation of the festival.

The competition was organised by Joe Van Dalen a member of the Encounter Celebrations Committee that organises the annual event to commemorate and celebrate the historical meeting of Captain Matthew Flinders and Captain Nicolas Baudin in Encounter Waters on April 8, 1802.

This year's competition attracted entries from Port Elliot and Victor Harbor Primary schools as well as Investigator and Encounter Colleges.

Prizes are normally presented at the event, but this year they were given out to the schools for the winning students upon their return from the school holidays.

"This year we received the most entries we have ever had and the standard was very pleasing with some children showing a clever use of colour in their colouring-in pictures and, from the older students, there was far more detail in their posters, citing important historical information," Joe Van Dalen said.

In recent times there has been a huge resurgence of interest in this historical occasion, which was one of the most significant events in the history of Australia's white settlement.

The Encounter Celebrations Committee will hold its AGM on Monday, June 22, at 7pm at the Christian Revival Centre on George Main Road Victor Harbor and if you are interested in knowing more about the event or joining the committee, you are most welcome to attend.

For more information visit the website www.encountercelebration.org

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