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 […]Read More ›
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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 […]Read More ›
In November 1964 Donald attempted to break the world water speed in my hometown of Barmera in South Australia. He did break the Australian record whilst he was there. I was 18 years then and after finishing school was lucky enough to join the Bluebird team as general helper. Aging engineer Leo Villa and mechanic […]Read More ›
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 […]Read More ›
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 […]Read More ›
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.Read More ›
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.
Come and remember Donald Campbell and the Bluebird. Celebrate the amazing achievement of the the World Land Speed and World Water Speed records broken by Donald Campbell in 1964. Something for everyone with a gala dinner, unveiling of the replica full scale Bluebird, two bands for music , food, exhibitions and fun for all ages. Event Information […]Read More ›
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.