Milltown days: Women at the Donnelly 1948-1978
Come and hear a group of women talk about living and working at a rough and ready timber mill town, 'The Donnelly', near Manjimup.
Bunnings Bros timber mill at the Donnelly was one of the first mills to employ women in Western Australia in the 1950s. An isolated community and company town, women shared many hardships as well as good times in this rough and ready timber town in WA’s south west.
The Donnelly Mill was the first steam mill in Australia and became a sought after place to work in the district due to the housing, running water and later electricity that was provided to its workers. From a women’s perspective, the Donnelly was a microcosm of living in a post war settlement, where hard and dangerous work, hard drinking and an often transient population of families, single men and displaced people made their homes.
Come and hear their stories and see the displays about life at the Donnelly, the rules, the characters, the celebrations at the Workers Club and playing tennis on Saturday afternoons.
After the you are welcome to walk around the town which won a State Heritage Award 2016.