Butter factory marks golden milestone

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Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times

As part of its 100th birthday celebrations, the Butter Factory opens its doors to the public next weekend to commemorate the rich history of this Busselton heritage icon.

After more than 12 months of planning, the open day on March 11 will see visitors immersed in the “way things used to be”, according to Busselton Historical Society president Brian Slee.

“There will be a vintage car show, butter churning, milking and all kinds of things,” Mr Slee said. “The new Busselton tram company will also be offering visitors a ride.”

Opened in 1918, the Butter Factory employed hundreds of locals during its operation. Some of them will be attending the event to speak to guests about their experiences.

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“There will be lots of old employees who used to work in the factory back then ... people will hear first hand what it was like,” he said.

“The little girl that joined her father every morning in the spring cart to deliver cream to the factory will be one of the people visitors can meet,” Mr Slee said.

A plaque celebrating the Butter Factory’s 100th anniversary will be unveiled on March 10 in a private event, before the property opens its doors to the public the next day.

Live entertainment, food trucks and historical exhibitions will be available to visitors to enjoy from 10am to 4pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.

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