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Falie's 100th Birthday Family Fun Day

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Don't miss this free light show spectacular in Port Adelaide
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See Fantastic Illuminations At the Falie Centenary (Image Supplied)


The historic ketch Falie is South Australia's only remaining original cargo ketch. Built in 1919 this old girl spent much of her working life sailing the seas between SA coastal ports, although for a time during World War 2 it was commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy.

It was during Navy service when she experienced a real adventure: the Falie struck a Japanese midget submarine trying to infiltrate Sydney harbour. The Falie was later deployed to Papua New Guinea, where she saw action landing troops in enemy territory by night.

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Historic Ketch Falie at Port Victoria 1920 (Image: SLSA B30530)


From 1946 to 1968 Falie sailed to many Australian coastal ports, but then returned to South Australian waters transporting gypsum and general cargo to Kangaroo Island. In 1982 the ketch Falie was bought by the SA Government to become the centrepiece of the State's Jubilee 150 celebrations in 1986.

Falie was refitted to carry up to 70 passengers on day trips from Port Adelaide, or 20 passengers plus nine crew overnight, with cargo and equipment for adventure cruises. A bonus was that this provided work for many unemployed workers in the metal trades, including more than 40 apprentices who were able to finish their trades as a result.

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Falie at McLaren Wharf Port Adelaide


Falie was a huge success as a central feature of the Jubilee 150 celebrations. She went on to work successfully as a school ship, sail training and tourism asset taking paying passengers on trips interstate and to many of the state's ports, including youth development voyages for students.

Since 2005 the historic ketch Falie has been based in Port Adelaide but out of survey and government funding has been uncertain, but much work is still carried out by volunteers to keep her in shape. It was a welcome complement when the Dutch tall ships came to Adelaide in 2013.

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Ketch Falie in the Port Adelaide Inner Harbour


This year is the centenary of the Falie, and the crew who have lovingly looked after her for so long are not going to let her 100th birthday go unnoticed. Bring the family and friends to Falie's 100th birthday family fun day and come to visit Port Adelaide and this wonderful old lady who has graced our shores for so long. Plans are still in the making, but here are some fun things to do on the family fun day:
take a tour of the Falie, which is open 11am - 5pm (gold coin)
bring the kids for a facepainting makeover
join in the free deck games
watch the blacksmith and see rope work demonstrations
be entertained by the colourful roving Singing Scallywags
go aboard the steam tug Yelta (gold coin)
see the sights of Port Adelaide from the Lighthouse 10.30am - 4pm (free)

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Falie at Sunset (Image Supplied)


From sunset (6.30pm - 9pm) don't miss the spectacular finale for the Falie's 100th birthday - a colourful Light Show by Illuminart, the leaders of projection illuminations.

Come wander past, or bring a chair to sit and see a series of projected stories, but don't forget your camera! You'll see seafaring stories and moving image art celebrating South Australia's mosquito fleet and the Falie. This illumination event celebrates the heritage of the Falie and Port Adelaide, and pays homage and thanks all the volunteers and community members who support the Falie and maintain South Australia's mosquito fleet maritime legacy.

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Falie Centenary Event Information


Do not miss seeing this beautiful and important South Australian icon illuminated with projection art and storytelling. You will find all the information you need on the Falie Facebook page and Falie's 100th birthday Family Fun Day event page.

You can also find many other attractions nearby in historic Port Adelaide on the family fun day:
take in the Messing About in Boats exhibition at the Maritime Museum
check out the latest progress on the Clipper Ship City of Adelaide
go for a harbour cruise on the Dolphin Explorer
bag a bargain at Fishermen's Wharf Markets

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Why? See an exciting light show celebrating the Falie centenary
When: 11am to 9pm
Where: McLaren Wharf, Port Adelaide
Cost: Free!
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