Bassendean celebrates WA’s sesquicentenary in 1979

BoatIn 1979 Bassendean formed a sesquicentenary committee and hosted a variety of functions:

  • Operation Mud-Hut—a replica of a ‘pioneers’ hut built of straw, mud and clay powder was erected on the BIC with the help of Bassendean’s school children.
  • ‘The Jimmy Mitchell Tree’ project, where the remains of a tree planted by Sir James Mitchell in the BIC was made into the bench now outside the library.
  • The Rolf Harris Water Playground was opened and Rolf was created a freeman of the Town.
  • Re-enactment of Captain Stirling’s exploratory trip up the Swan River inn 1827.
  • A community street fair and a street parade of children dressed in period costume.
  • Foundation Day celebrations which culminated in a ‘Foundation Ball’ and a Way ‘79 Schools Pageant.