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The Wundowie Iron Festival

Date: Sunday 18th of May 2014  9am – 4pm Wundowie WA

Venues: Wundowie Community Hall and Wundowie Oval

Wundowie was the birthplace of WA’s iron ore industry and this unique event celebrates the heritage of the area. On Sunday 18th of May, Wundowie Oval comes to life with iron sculptures, paintings and photography, as well as kids activities, stalls and much more!

Nestled amongst dense bushland, Wundowie is approximately 65km east of Perth via the Great Eastern Highway. Conversely, it is 30km west of Northam, the regional centre. Visiting this year’s Wundowie Iron Festival is the perfect scenic drive for any day tripper.

The original concept for Wundowie was formed in 1942 following an investigation into the feasibility of establishing an iron and steel industry in WA. The industrial history of Wundowie was born on April 15, 1948, when the completed Wundowie Charcoal Iron and Steel mill was opened. The mill was closed in 1981 after 33 years of operation and Bradken now operate out of the foundry facilities, keeping the link to Wundowie’s commercial heritage alive.

The core feature of this year’s celebrations is the Iron Beast Competition. The Iron Beast is an individual or team effort to build a device, predominantly from iron and steel, propelled by the down force of a 20kg weight. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded for the longest distance travelled in 30 seconds.

For 2014 the Festival will include prize money of:

$1,500 for the 2014 Bradken Iron Sculpture Award,
$1,000 for the Linley Valley Fresh Painting (iron theme) Award,
$500 BGC Iron Utility Object Award
$500 Komcat Electro Photography Award
$500 Weld Wundowie 14
$350 each for the Afkos Peoples choice 2D &3D Awards

All work will be displayed in the Wundowie Community Hall from 10am to 4pm Sunday 18th of May 2014

Prizes will be presented Sunday18th May on the Wundowie Sports Oval.

 

A very popular attraction will be the opportunity to enjoy a unique experience by taking a bus tour of the Bradken Foundry.

For more information please contact Trish Hamilton on (08) 9573 6265 or e-mail wif@live.com.au   “It’s about our Iron Heritage”