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Hear, hear: Liverpool marks 150 years of local government

The Original proclamation of the Municipal District of Liverpool from the Supplement to the NSW Government Gazette, 27 June 1872. [Trove: The National Library of Australia]. TOP: Hand coloured postcard of the Liverpool Town Hall dated from the early 1900s. Liverpool’s first town hall was built in 1881 and was replaced by a new building in 1939. [Liverpool City Library Heritage Collection]

This month Liverpool marks a historical milestone – 150 years of local government.

On June 27, 1872, following a petition by residents, the Liverpool area was styled the “Municipal District of Liverpool” by NSW Governor Sir Hercules Robinson and Liverpool Council was formed.

In September 1872 Liverpool Council also elected its first Mayor, Captain Richard Sadleir, and aldermen, now referred to as councillors.

The Liverpool suburb of Sadleir, part of the Green Valley Housing Estate, was named after the first mayor.

The 150th anniversary of Liverpool Council is one of several important milestones in Liverpool’s history, including more than 40,000 years of First Nations heritage, the founding of the town of Liverpool in 1810 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, and the granting of city status to Liverpool in 1960.

Since being granted municipality status in 1872 the population of the Liverpool area has grown from around 1,700 to almost 250,000 people in 2022.

Liverpool has also grown from a small town to an established city and the biggest centre of Sydney’s rapidly growing South Western region.

To mark this significant occasion, several events are planned across the rest of year, including unearthing a time capsule buried in 1972, a special film screening at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre of Peter Weir’s famous documentary Whatever Happened to Green Valley? on Saturday, July 9,and a historic timeline display at Liverpool City Library.

A special commemorative publication –The City of Liverpool Gazette – will be published to coincide with the anniversary and will feature contributions from several historical societies about the significant events and achievements of the Liverpool area.

The school children of Liverpool are also participating in the 150th celebrations through a range of engaging, digital-focused workshops run by Liverpool City Library asking the question: Where are we now and where are we going?

Students are asked to contemplate what life in Liverpool will be like in 2072 to build a new digital time capsule: Kids voices for the future!

To find out more about the 150th anniversary celebrations and Liverpool’s history, please visit: https://www.liverpool.nsw.gov.au/council/liverpool-municipality-150th-anniversary

Liverpool City Council float participating in the Liverpool Festival of Progress of 1972 as it moves along Macquarie Street. A banner on the side of the float reads: 1872 Liverpool City Council 100 years of progress 1972. [Liverpool City Library Heritage Collection]

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