Busselton sculpture celebrates history

The fourth Settlement Art project statue is being unveiled this Saturday, October 14.

The Settlement Art Project began a way of celebrating Busselton’s 175th Anniversary in 2009 by then councillor, David Reid.

With three sculptures now in place, the fourth will be making his debut this weekend. 

The Spanish settlers arrived from the early 1900s on the recommendation of Rutlan Casas who had visited the Vasse just before the turn of the century.

The families lived in the Yoongarillup area which became known as the Spanish Settlement.

First they grew potatoes and then they became renowned after successfully growing grapes to make wine.

The new immigrants were hard workers who brought diversity to the pioneers who were already very settled.

Councillor Rob Bennett said the statue is an amazing work of art. 

“Greg James, the artist, has created another extraordinary piece of sculpture which will no doubt be enjoyed by many as are the others already in place,” he said.

“I acknowledge the efforts of Mrs Ramona Johnson who has been the Steering Committee’s liaison with the Spanish community and looking forward to hearing her stories on Saturday morning.”

The sculptures already in place include the Whaler’s Wife, Timber Worker and John Garrett Bussell with the Aboriginal sculpture and Pioneer Woman hoped to be installed in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

All are welcome to attend the unveiling at 7-9 Queen Street, Busselton (between the Weld Theatre and ArtGeo Gallery.