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==Apples==
 
==Apples==
Donnybrook is long proud of its apple production and has many town icons bearing the fruit. Such can be seen on the main street, where apple shaped lights line the entrance of the Old Railway Station. These lights (six in total, on three posts) have in recent years been restored to their former luscious green glory. Atop the east Donnybrook hill lies an even larger tribute to the apple, a giant tower with an apple at the top. From the top of the apple visitors can view Donnybrook and its surrounding areas.
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Donnybrook is long proud of its apple production and has many town icons bearing the fruit. This is all a bit weird but then again, if you lived in Donnybrook you would pick up some strange behaviours too. Apples can be seen on the main street, where apple shaped lights line the entrance of the Old Railway Station. These lights (six in total, on three posts) have in recent years been restored to their former luscious green glory. Atop the east Donnybrook hill lies an even larger tribute to the apple, a giant tower with an apple at the top. From the top of the apple visitors can view Donnybrook and its surrounding areas.
   
 
A yearly tradition in Donnybrook occurring in Easter is the Donnybrook Apple Festival. In recent years the festival has not occurred, but community interest assures it will continue again in the future. During the apple festival, the citizens of Donnybrook gather on Egan Park to celebrate the apple. The festival includes agricultural displays, sideshow alley and of course, the crowning of the Apple Queen.
 
A yearly tradition in Donnybrook occurring in Easter is the Donnybrook Apple Festival. In recent years the festival has not occurred, but community interest assures it will continue again in the future. During the apple festival, the citizens of Donnybrook gather on Egan Park to celebrate the apple. The festival includes agricultural displays, sideshow alley and of course, the crowning of the Apple Queen.
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The Apple Queen has long been a citizen of the Donnybrook/Balingup area, aged between 17 and 25 years. In recent years this has been changed to the title of "Ambassador" and males are now allowed to enter. During the contest, local girls compete for the title by attending dinners, doing community service and riding on giant apple shaped floats. From these floats they give apples, fruit and lollies to the children lining the closed-off section of the South Western Highway.
 
The Apple Queen has long been a citizen of the Donnybrook/Balingup area, aged between 17 and 25 years. In recent years this has been changed to the title of "Ambassador" and males are now allowed to enter. During the contest, local girls compete for the title by attending dinners, doing community service and riding on giant apple shaped floats. From these floats they give apples, fruit and lollies to the children lining the closed-off section of the South Western Highway.
   
During the street parade the Catholic Church of Donnybrook blesses the holy apple, assuring a good harvest in the years to come.
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During the street parade the Catholic Church of Donnybrook blesses the holy apple, assuring a good harvest in the years to come. This is just a bit strange, but what can you expect when your cut off from the rest of the world in a small town where the best educated person actually has the intelligence level of an apple.
   
The Shire of Donnybrook also had a mascot, Donny Applebrook. Donny was a giant green apple who promoted the festival. Donny has since disappeared from public life.
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The Shire of Donnybrook also had a mascot, Donny Applebrook. Donny was a giant green apple who promoted the festival. Donny has since disappeared from public life. I ate him.
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It is a jailable offence in Donnybrook to even think about the fruit oranges, because no one is allowed to eat anything thats not made of apples and all other forms of fruit are widely discriminated against.
   
 
==Tourism==
 
==Tourism==
Aside from apples, Donnybrook economy also relies on tourism. Many tourists pass through the town, admire the apples and sometimes enjoy apple treats at local cafes. Other visitors include backpackers from all over the world. Many of these backpackers earn money by picking fruit (largely apples) in the area.
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Aside from apples, Donnybrook economy also relies on tourism. Many tourists pass through the town, admire the apples, then get bored of fruit and leave as quickly as they came. They also get scared off bu the intimidating locals, some of whom have 6 fingers as an adaption to help them pick apples better. Other visitors include backpackers from all over the world. Many of these backpackers earn money by picking fruit (largely apples) in the area.
   
 
==Gold==
 
==Gold==
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In 1897, Richard Hunter discovered gold about 6 kilometres south of the Donnybrook townsite. No one really worried about it though because they don't stop thinking about apples long enough to start thinking of anything else.
In 1897, Richard Hunter discovered gold about 6 kilometres south of the Donnybrook townsite. Hunter eventually sold out to Fred Camilleri (a well known prospector from Kalgoorlie) and Camilleri was able to interest the internationally renowned Polish geologist Modest Maryanski. It was on the basis of Maryanski's report that a new company "Donnybrook Goldfields Ltd" was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1899. A mini gold rush occurred, resulting in the Government gazetting the Donnybrook Goldfield - in the process making provision for a new town to be called "Goldtown". From the census of 1901, it was known over 200 gold miners were camped on the goldfields. The excitement was short lived however, and the Hunters Venture mine closed in August 1903. The area was worked during the depression years by locals Laurie and Foster Payne, then re-pegged and explored during the 1980's and again from 2004-5.
 
   
The fascinating history behind the golden years of Donnybrook has been re-created at The Old Goldfields Orchard & Cider Factory, where a small museum documents the rise and fall of the field. The Hunters Venture poppet head has been re-built above the original shaft, and the Mount Cara Adit has been opened for tourists inspection.
 
   
 
==Notable Residents==
 
==Notable Residents==

Revision as of 13:34, 25 May 2007

Donnybrook

Donnybrook is situated between Boyanup and Kirup on the South Western Highway, 210km south of Perth, Western Australia. The region is known for its apple production.

Apples

Donnybrook is long proud of its apple production and has many town icons bearing the fruit. This is all a bit weird but then again, if you lived in Donnybrook you would pick up some strange behaviours too. Apples can be seen on the main street, where apple shaped lights line the entrance of the Old Railway Station. These lights (six in total, on three posts) have in recent years been restored to their former luscious green glory. Atop the east Donnybrook hill lies an even larger tribute to the apple, a giant tower with an apple at the top. From the top of the apple visitors can view Donnybrook and its surrounding areas.

A yearly tradition in Donnybrook occurring in Easter is the Donnybrook Apple Festival. In recent years the festival has not occurred, but community interest assures it will continue again in the future. During the apple festival, the citizens of Donnybrook gather on Egan Park to celebrate the apple. The festival includes agricultural displays, sideshow alley and of course, the crowning of the Apple Queen.

The Apple Queen has long been a citizen of the Donnybrook/Balingup area, aged between 17 and 25 years. In recent years this has been changed to the title of "Ambassador" and males are now allowed to enter. During the contest, local girls compete for the title by attending dinners, doing community service and riding on giant apple shaped floats. From these floats they give apples, fruit and lollies to the children lining the closed-off section of the South Western Highway.

During the street parade the Catholic Church of Donnybrook blesses the holy apple, assuring a good harvest in the years to come. This is just a bit strange, but what can you expect when your cut off from the rest of the world in a small town where the best educated person actually has the intelligence level of an apple.

The Shire of Donnybrook also had a mascot, Donny Applebrook. Donny was a giant green apple who promoted the festival. Donny has since disappeared from public life. I ate him.

It is a jailable offence in Donnybrook to even think about the fruit oranges, because no one is allowed to eat anything thats not made of apples and all other forms of fruit are widely discriminated against.

Tourism

Aside from apples, Donnybrook economy also relies on tourism. Many tourists pass through the town, admire the apples, then get bored of fruit and leave as quickly as they came. They also get scared off bu the intimidating locals, some of whom have 6 fingers as an adaption to help them pick apples better. Other visitors include backpackers from all over the world. Many of these backpackers earn money by picking fruit (largely apples) in the area.

Gold

In 1897, Richard Hunter discovered gold about 6 kilometres south of the Donnybrook townsite. No one really worried about it though because they don't stop thinking about apples long enough to start thinking of anything else.


Notable Residents

Keisha Castle-Hughes, New Zealand actress.