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Brian Caddy, OAM. Recollections of Donald Campbell, 1964.

There was great excitement in the community of Barmera, South Australia, when it was announced that Donald Campbell had selected Lake Bonney for the World Water Speed Record attempt in his boat “Bluebird K7”. As President of the Barmera Water Ski Club, I was asked to contribute my local knowledge in the attempt. My principal […]

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Bluebird Replica has a new home.

July 2016 Over the past 18 months the Shire of Dumbleyung and community members have been strived towards to development of a shelter for the Bluebird replica, which will form part of the attraction when visiting Dumbleyung. The Bluebird replica was built in 2014 by Mark Motzouris of Statewide Boating, Jurian Bay, and was a huge undertaking […]

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Leo Villa-Donald Campbell’s engineer.

  Leo Villa was the long-serving engineer/mechanic of both Sir Malcolm Campbell and Donald Campbell. He received an OBE in June 1976 for services to land and water speed records. Click here. www.bluebird-electric.net -Leo Villa story “At first sight Lake Dumbleyung was not impressive and the stumps of the “wattle” or withered gum trees sticking up out of […]

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Keith Westbrook

     Featured photo of Bluebird and boat: Col & Joan Ward’s Collection Memories of Keith Westbrook. Starter of the Bluebird   Keith has strong memories of being at Lake Dumbleyung and being the ‘starter’ for the Bluebird. Friends with Brian Bracknell and living in Dumbleyung in 1964 working as a carrier, he was keen […]

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Gina Visits Kids at School

On Wednesday 5 November Gina Campbell and Mr Whoppit visited Dumbleyung Primary School and Kukerin Primary School. There were lots of questions from the kids and motivation from Gina.

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My dad got me up at 5.00am one morning to see Bluebird run between Crawley and the old brewery. Glassy water with a slight breeze but couldn’t quite get it up to full speed. Still worth the look though.

– Peter Kelsall on a Lost Perth Facebook post showing photos of the Bluebird.

I saw [Bluebird] there too. I am thinking it may have been the Ampol Service Station in front of Ampol’s offices in a lovely old house (Strawberry Hill or Farm). Later I worked there.

Lyn Hosking on a Lost Perth Facebook post showing photos of the Bluebird.

I remember seeing [Bluebird] parked at a service station close to where the RAAF Association Spitfire used to be in Adelaide Terrace. I would have been only 8 but I recall it as clear as a bell.

– Gordon Branch on a Lost Perth Facebook post showing photos of the Bluebird.

“Bluebird” Entrance to Dumbleyung.

A long-standing project by the Dumbleyung Townscape Community group is an eye-catching attraction at the western entrance to the town of Dumbleyung. Pat Holmes developed the design and Nick Green of Dumbleyung Engineering, has constructed it. Shire council workers erected it and volunteer townscape members have added touches to personalize the panel.   The project […]

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Lake Dumbleyung October 2014- Aerial Photos by Gary Smith

Gary Smith who was also at Lake Dumbleyung when Donald Campbell was there in 1964, lives close by at Katanning. The district has had some very heavy rains over the past weekend which has led to flood water runoff coming from the east along the Lake Dumbleyung catchment into Lake Dumbleyung. It won’t fill the […]

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