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Bluebird Fundraising Update

Our replica build commencement is just around the corner! Dumbleyung Events Committtee (DEC) have decided to help raise funds for the Bluebird replica build. There has been a fundraising letter sent out to community members. You can see and read the full letter here. It is with great excitement that we congratulate DEC and thank those […]

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Bluebird Memorabilia

A notice has been put out in newspapers and through media for photos and memories of Donald Campbell,the Bluebird and the World Water Speed Record in 1964. The Dumbleyung Bluebird Interpretative Committee has had a wonderful response and is going to present these on the website and Facebook for everyone to see and share. The […]

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BBC Documentary

If you have a free hour check out this fantastic BBC documentary about Campbell and his achievements. Skip forward to 40:18 for the reference to the record at Lake Dumbleyung.  

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The Moment of Truth

PEOPLE came from far and wide to meet atop Pussycat Hill on the northern side of Lake Dumbleyung on New Year’s Eve to witness the ‘active’ memorial tributing Donald Campbell’s success of achieving the World Water Speed Record in 1964. 
Designer and builder of the memorial, John ‘Jack’ Fewson, travelled from Perth for the day […]

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My 96 yo father Eric Page was there every morning to catch the action of Bluebird and met Donald.  – Linley Filmer

A British TV journalist asked “Are you ever afraid, Donald?” to which he replied “Of course I’m afraid every time I get into the Bluebird. Courage is not being fearless. Courage is overcoming and smashing through fear.”

My dad (John Leathard) remembers seeing the training runs and hearing the roar of the Bluebird from our family farm over many days back then. The farm adjoined Lake Dumbleyung. Nice part of our own family story too.   – Dianne Fraser

Bracky – Legendary Truck Driver

Dumbleyung and West Australian trucking pioneer Brian Bracknell is indicative of the spirit and commitment truck drivers give to improve the standards of their industry and service to their customers. .

’Bracky’ as he is affectionately known locally, hauled the first load of cattle from Kimbolton Station to Perth, a distance of 2600kms and from that […]

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Bluebird Replica and Interpretive Centre project moves forward

The Dumbleyung Bluebird Interpretive Centre project is moving forward with new and enthusiastic committee members appointed to the committee at last week’s Dumbleyung Shire Council meeting. The council agreed to three nominations to sit on the committee, appointing  new committee members are Rod Frost,  Chris Bairstow and Marion Haselby, who replace retiring committee members Don […]

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