This Day in History: 1995-05-07

Moondyne Joe (alias Tony Maddox) was escorted by the ‘Colonial Police’ from Perth to Toodyay on a Hotham Valley Tourist Railway steam train for the town’s 11th Moondyne Festival and Colonial Fair. Toodyay Kindergym again had the winning float in the parade. It also contributed a ‘Celebrity Obstacle Race’, held on the Toodyay Volunteer Fire Brigade’s Eric T. Patten Running Track (later called Charcoal Lane), and won by Brad Gale. A decorated bicycle competition was a new event that year.

Toodyay herald, May 1995, pp. 1 (photo), 2 (photos); June 1995, pp. 1 (photo), 4-5 (photos), 22.