THOSE with Albury ties are being invited to share their thoughts and memories as part of celebrations marking 75 years since their municipality became a city.
That feat will be reached on Saturday, with December 18, 1946, the date Albury qualified for city status as it neared a population threshold of 15,000 in the wake of World War II.
However, just as occurred 75 years ago, there will be no public ceremony on that date, with celebrations to held in April to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the then NSW Governor John Northcott reading the city's proclamation from the balcony of the town hall, which is now MAMA.
By then Albury will have a mayor, with the council election process leaving the city without an elected leader for Saturday's milestone.
Society president Greg Ryan said impressions of Albury as a place to grow up, to migrate to or to return to after being away were all welcome.
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"We're looking to hear from a range of age groups, we'd like to hear from young people and older people that might have been around at the time the proclamation was made," Mr Ryan said.
"I've spoken to some people who were youngsters at the time who can remember the fuss on the day."
Submissions can be provided until the end of February by emailing email@example.com or posting a letter to the Albury & District Historical Society, PO Box 822, Albury, 2640.
Correspondents are asked to include their first name, age group (under 20, 20 to 40, 40 to 60, over 60), place of birth and length of time in Albury.
Celebrations around April 10, the day Albury was made a city will include an exhibition based on collaboration between the council and historical society.
NSW Governor Margaret Beazley has been invited to attend formalities but is still to confirm her participation.
Albury Council chief executive Frank Zaknich said cityhood was a great achievement.
"The declaration of our town as a city was a critical milestone that paved the way for us to eventually become one of the largest economies in regional Australia, offering a lifestyle on the banks of the Murray that makes our city a very special place," he said.
"This is also a great opportunity to look ahead, as well as back into history, as we all work together to reach Albury's unlimited potential for the future."
The Border Morning Mail headlined its front page report in 1947 on proclamation festivities - Thousands Celebrate Albury's Greatest Day.
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