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Pussy Cat Hill


Shire of Dumbleyung

Place Number

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Kersley Dve Nippering

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1984

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 17 Oct 2002 Category C

Category C

Retain and conserve if possible: endeavour to conserve the significance of the place through the provisions of the Town Planning Scheme. A more detailed Heritage Assessment/Impact Statement may be required before approval given for any major redevelopment or demolition. Photographically record the place prior to demolition.

Statement of Significance

Pussy Cat Hill has historic, social and representative cultural heritage significance. The monument and lookout at Pussy Cat Hill has considerable historic value owing to its association with the setting of the world speed record on Dumbleyung Lake in 1964. This event brought world recognition to Dumbleyung.

Physical Description

Some of the notable features of this place include:
• Hill overlooking Dumbleyung Lake
• Monument and plaque


Pussy Cat Hill overlooks Dumbleyung Lake. 'Puss Hill' was shown on surveyer H S Ranford's field book dated February-May 1874. Pussy Cat Hill was said to have been the habitat for native cats in the 1920s.

Pussy Cat Hill was the most prominent position to watch the late Donald Campbell break the world water speed record on Dumbleyung Lake in 1964. The record was broken on 31 December 1964 at 3:43pm, achieving the speed of 276.3 mph. In 1984, a monument was placed on the top of Pussy Cat Hill, as a memorial to Donald Campbell who died in 1967. The monument, designed and built by Jack Fewson, consists of a large granite rock, selected at the local blue metal quarry, in the shape of Western Australia. A hole was placed in the rock which allows a beam of light shine through to illuminate a brass model of the boat Campbell drove, the 'Bluebird'. The boat was set in the outline of the lake, engraved on a brass plaque. The light was designed to shine on the 'Bluebird' model for approximately one minute at the exact day and time that the speed record was broken.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
O'Brien Planning Consultants; "Municipal Heritage Inventory". Shire of Dumbleyung 1998
"Dumbleyung and Districts Short Stories". Dumbleyung Book Committee Printed by Leaderpress WA 1999

Place Type



Epoch General Specific
Present Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve
Original Use PARK\RESERVE Park\Reserve

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Other STONE Granite
Other METAL Brass

Creation Date

23 Sep 2002

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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