YESTERDAY'S Gathering on the Norfolk Plains commemorated the 102 Norfolk Islanders who were 200 years ago forced to settle around what is now Longford, Evandale, Bishopsbourne, Perth and Cressy, Northern Midlands Council economic and community development manager Lorraine Green said.
Ms Green said about 300 people attended yesterday's events, which included colonial music on the village green, Militaria Collectors Tasmania members in 73rd Regiment uniforms, enacted stories of two people buried at Longford and a community photo.
"We planned the gathering around the annual Blessing of the Harvest festival," Ms Green said.
The gathering finishes today with the Blessing of the Harvest and presentation of the time capsule that will be stored in the Christ Church bell tower for 50 years.
Items in the time capsule include the community photograph taken yesterday, photographs of the youngest children of any of the descendants, a book of the area's history, this program of the weekend and a copy of today's Sunday Examiner.
Ms Green said that it was hoped those whose pictures were sealed in the time capsule would attend the opening on March 3, 2063.
"There will be plaques in what is the current council chambers and the town hall, in the hope they'll still be public buildings, reminding people to open the time capsule," Ms Green said.
The festival runs today from 10am to 4pm.