Our 150th party was ?a blast

BIRTHDAY fever burst through the streets of Rockhampton at the weekend to celebrate 150 years of history.

About 3000 people embraced the city's party atmosphere, gathering around Rockhampton's CBD about 12.30pm to catch a glimpse of the parade on Saturday.

More than 30 groups from schools and businesses to community service organisations paraded along Bolsover Street down to Riverside Park, Quay Street.

Smiles shone from the faces of young and old, long-time residents and visitors to celebrate the first landing of the Archer family in Rockhampton and events throughout Rockhampton's history.

Rockhampton's Mayor Margaret Strelow said the day went off with a blast.

"Saturday was a fabulous day and the crowds were really out to enjoy themselves,'' she said.

"It was a lovely time to look back and forward and a great opportunity for us to share our proud history.''

Crowds were treated to a slice of history on Sunday with the re-enactment of Colin Archer's historic voyage in 1855.

Colin Archer's great-great nephew and sailing enthusiast Bruce Forster said six boats sailed into the mouth of the Fitzroy River yesterday. Mr Forster said the boats were greeted by 60 people at the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club at 11am.

"The celebrations continued with a lunch and three speeches about Colin Archer, including his life in Australia and his voyage,'' he said.

Nowegian archivist and historian James Archer talked about Colin Archer's life in Norway as a boat designer and boat builder.

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