This included the Bluebird Replica Shelter, the landscaped surrounds, the Bluebird Interpretive Centre housed in the Community Resource Centre (CRC), the launch of a very special Donald Campbell video produced by Trenton Harris, and the unveiling of a wire sculpture bust of Donald Campbell, commissioned by Rob McDougall.
Many hands make light work, and it all came together for a wonderful afternoon. Gina cut the ribbon to formally open the Bluebird Replica Shelter and Bluebird Interpretive Centre, assisted by Dumbleyung Shire President, Gordon Davidson.
The wire sculpture of Donald Campbell, created by Ivan Lovett, was unveiled to the delight of the crowd. A huge congratulation to Rob McDougall, as all his hard work and passion resulted in the successful commissioning of this work. The wire sculpture will be on permanent display soon.
Once inside the CRC, the crowd was treated to a showing of a video produced by Trenton Harris. This video, which has been two years in the making, focuses on 2014’s 50th anniversary event in Dumbleyung and has interviews with locals and those who were there in 1964, plus historical footage and photos of Donald Campbell. The film is available to purchase from the Dumbleyung CRC.
The culmination of the afternoon was a high tea prepared for and presented beautifully on fine china loaned by community members. Maureen MacManus, Helen Gooding and their band of helpers are to be congratulated on their wonderful spread of savouries and dainty cakes.
Our special thanks to Gina Campbell on her willingness to participate and her commitment to Dumbleyung, especially at such short notice. Her presence and graciousness made it a very special day.
Article by C.Bairstow