Bunbury to celebrate city status milestone

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre education and communications officer Nicole Azzalini, Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and City of Bunbury acting senior cultural development officer Michael Fraser are excited about the items set to be on display in celebration of Bunbury being a city for 40 years.
Camera IconBunbury Museum and Heritage Centre education and communications officer Nicole Azzalini, Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and City of Bunbury acting senior cultural development officer Michael Fraser are excited about the items set to be on display in celebration of Bunbury being a city for 40 years. Credit: Kate Fielding / South Western Times

Bunbury will be transported back to the 1970s to celebrate 40 years as an official city.

October marks four decades since Bunbury was recognised as a city.

It was in 1976 that Bunbury reached 20,000 residents living within its boundaries, paving the way for the town to become a city in 1979.

Bunbury was also the first recognised city in the South West.

Bunbury Museum and Heritage Centre will help showcase exactly what life was like all those decades ago with a month-long exhibition set to include some unique items.

“People can expect to see a snapshot of what life was like in Bunbury in 1979,” museum education and communications officer Nicole Azzalini said.

“The Guppy Park machines, drive-in cinema memorabilia, the mayor’s office, will be recreated, as well as a few special other things.”

The exhibition will open on October 8 with items also on display at a number of locations including Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, Bunbury Visitor Centre, South West Sports Centre, the Bunbury City Council administration building and Bunbury Public Library.

Ms Azzalini said it would be a special exhibition.

“It’s very special to the museum but it’s also really special to the people of Bunbury,” she said.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the 40-year milestone was one to celebrate.

“It presents an opportunity for the community to appreciate just how much Bunbury has changed over the past 40 years,” Mr Brennan said.

“This paradise we call home has evolved and grown from an industrial port town to the diverse, vibrant and exciting cultural hub we see today.

“I encourage the community to reflect on and also celebrate this significant milestone.”

Mr Brennan also acknowledged museum staff and Memories of Bunbury creator Megan Lawless for bringing the exhibition to life.

“There has been a lot of effort put into this,” he said.

The exhibition closes on November 9 and the museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm with free entry.

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