175th Community Celebrations

2012 marked the 175th Anniversary of the founding of Coromandel Valley and a community committee oversaw an extensive calendar of events to celebrate the occasion.

The Coro Alive! 175 Organising Committee was an official subcommittee of the Coromandel Community Centre.

Committee Convenor and 4th generation Coromandel Valley resident Trevor Conlon believed celebrating 175 years of European settlement of Coromandel Valley, all that preceded it and what is yet to come was worthy of broad community participation.

The year-long celebration provided an opportunity for sharing information about the area’s heritage and encouraging a strong community spirit. Community groups and individuals were actively involved in arranging functions and events that ran from January through until the finale on 18th November 2012. 

A key focus was on the involvement of younger people as they will be the future custodians of the heritage of The Valley and guides for its future.


  1. To celebrate Coromandel Valley and the people it has served and continues to serve.
  2. Stage functions and activities that promote interest and knowledge in the history and heritage of Coromandel Valley in a context of community celebration.
  3. Engage participants, particularly children, in the values of community and the opportunities available from life in Coromandel Valley.
  4. To collect, collate and store written word and images from and about the district.
  5. Assemble family histories and information about the people who have made Coromandel Valley what it is today.
  6. Provide reasons for families, friends and past residents of Coromandel Valley to visit.

The Committee

In October 2010 the Coromandel Valley Community Association endorsed the concept of Coro Alive! 175 and appointed a committee to commence the planning process. This committee included representatives from:

  • The Cities of Mitcham and Onkaparinga
  • Coromandel Valley and Districts National Trust
  • Coromandel Valley Community Association
  • Coromandel Community Centre
  • Coromandel Valley Primary School

Trevor Conlon was appointed Chairman. Coromandel Community Centre Management Committee Member and former Onkaparinga Councillor Trevor Fletcher became Deputy Chairman.