Special Release By Australia
Post To Celebrate Tasmanian Parliament’s 150th Anniversary
The Premier today received a framed commemorative
envelope from Australia Post designed to celebrate the Tasmanian
150th anniversary this year.
In a ceremony at Parliament House, Mr Lennon
said the special envelope was a fitting way of recognising the
milestone, shared with New
South Wales and Victoria.
Australia Post has successfully blended the history of our Parliament
in a contemporary design,” Mr Lennon said.
This is appropriate because it’s the essence of what the
sesquicentenary is all about – celebrating our past, making
it relevant to our present and appreciating it in designing our
The Tasmanian Parliament sat for the first time
on December 2, 1856.
The name Van Diemen’s Land was substituted for Tasmania in
the same year, with Tasmania’s constitution becoming the
first to be approved by Westminster.
1856 was a time for new confidence for the people of Tasmania.
Not unlike today, people saw a bright future ahead,” Mr Lennon
The Premier said a range of events were planned
to help celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tasmanian Parliament,
emphasis on students.
Over the last 150 years, our parliamentary history has been filled
with colourful characters and defining moments – from hung
parliaments to, most recently, the return of land to Aboriginal
Tasmanians,” he said.
“This year is a unique opportunity
to remember these events, to learn about our Tasmanian history
and to celebrate our system
of government that values democracy, accountability and responsibility.”