In response to community interest, the City of Busselton developed a cultural heritage sculpture project celebrating Busseltons settlement history. Well known Western Australian sculptor, Greg James, was commissioned to design a series of life size bronze figures. 

Whaler’s Wife 

The whalers were among the first non-Aboriginal visitors to hunt along the Geographe Bay coastline. After European settlement, Captains often had their wives accompany them on the journey. The wives, left in a new and harsh environment, would have watched as their husbands sailed away, wondering when they might return.


ArtGeo Whalers Wife Full cropped b

Timber Worker

The timber industry was the mainstay of the Vasse region in the 1800's, with family mills set up in strategic locations throughout the area.  The timber was shipped as far as the United Kingdom and United States as well as used in the growing town's own government buildings.


Timber Worker front 1

Spanish Settler                                                 

The Spanish immigrants contributed to the region with their hard working ethic and wine making skills. They brought diversity to the population.

Spanish Settler 1

John Garrett Bussell  

Settlement came from John Garrett Bussell’s exploration of the Vasse area with surveyor Robert Edwards, when looking for better soil and land. The sculpture represents the four families which founded our town: brothers Henry, George and James Chapman, George Layman, Elijah Dawson and brothers John, Charles, Vernon and Alfred Bussell and their maid Phoebe Bower.  

John Bussel

Gaywal

Following a period of consultation with the local Aboriginal community, Gaywal was their unanimous choice of subject for the fifth statue. An Aboriginal Elder at the time of settlement, Gaywal symbolises strength and tradition.

Gaywal Face thumbnail

Pioneer Woman 

The women of the community suffered great hardships and probably a lifestyle they didn’t expect. They traded their agricultural goods for items they couldn’t make when ships came to port. This sculpture is not yet completed. 
 

                                                                               

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