State Governor pardons Moondyne Joe


Notorious local bushranger Moondyne Joe (Greg Warburton) begs for clemency and receives a Royal Pardon after ambushing WA Governor Kim Beazley near Toodyay Railway Station during a low-key Vice-Regal visit this month to promote Avon Valley regional tourism.

WA Governor Kim Beazley made an unannounced visit to Toodyay this month as part of a low-key Vice-Regal tour of the Avon Valley to promote regional tourism.

Mr Beazley, who earned the nickname “Bomber” for his love of all things military while Labor federal defence minister from 1984 to 1990, also visited Beverley, York, Northam and Chittering.

Toodyay was his last stop, and he joined a small entourage of local civic representatives and Vice-Regal staff on the town’s historic Convict Depot walk from the Visitor Centre to Newcastle Gaol Museum.

On a return trip via the Duke Street railway footbridge he called at the Christmas shop, Uniquely Toodyay and bakery.

Toodyay was the last stop of the tour and when asked what the Governor thought of our town, a local civic leader said “he loved it”.