Southport to celebrate 100 years this Thursday

A huge celebration is planned to take place in the heart of Southport this Thursday to celebrate 100 years since the area was declared a township.

Running in conjunction with the CBD Street Party, the commemoration party will feature live performances by The Blenders and swing dancers, kids activities, food and a special dove release from 1:15pm.

Councillor Dawn Crichlow told myGC she is looking forward to joining local residents, businesses and international visitors to celebrate the occasion.


“From its humble beginnings as a coastal resort town, to being recognised as the Gold Coast Central Business District, Southport has played a pivotal role in driving the city’s lifestyle and economy for more than a century,” she said.

“The people of the Gold Coast have been involved in shaping Southport’s colourful history so why not come down and share in this momentous occasion with us.”

On the 12 April 1918, Southport was officially declared a township at the Executive Building in Brisbane. A number of newspaper publications at the time reported this occasion, with The Telegraph stating that a ‘proclamation has been issued constituting the town of Southport, in place of the Shire of Southport’ (Brisbane, Queensland: 1872 – 1947; p.10).

The official 100 year celebration will take place from 1:15pm until 2pm at Chinatown in Southport on Thursday April 12. The event is open to the public, with attendees encouraged to dress in their favourite vintage costume or accessory.