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Toodyay Moondyne Festival is Western Australia's First and Foremost Colonial Festival. Sunday 4th May 2014

The Festival is held Annually on the First Sunday in May since 1984.

Moondyne Joe picture

In the 1850s a Welshman became infamous in Western Australia as a convict, an escapee and hero of the average man from the bush. Not quite a bushranger but worse than just a horse thief, Joseph Bolitho Johns became better known by his nickname, Moondyne Joe.

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Toodyay Moondyne Festival Committee was announced as a finalist in the prestigious Perth Airport Events and Tourism Award at the 2012 Regional Achievement and Community Awards on Friday night 16th November at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Toodyay Moondyne Festival Committee was selected from a strong field of nominees and was presented by Fiona Lander, Executive General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Organisation Development, Perth Airport in front of 420 guests from across the State.

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The festival celebrates the life of Moondyne Joe, Western Australia's legendary bushranger. Joe's main claim to fame was his ability to escape prison, despite a special reinforced cell having been constructed to keep him in.

Step Back in Time and join us in Toodyay for the Annual Moondyne festival

The Festival is held on the first Sunday of May each year. Join in the fun with Moondyne Joe as he runs around town, robbing shops, escaping custody and being a general menace.

There will be "Joe's Gang", coppers, floozies, swaggies and the town crier. We also have a moustache competition plus an 1860's regiment, wood chopping, blacksmith, wood turning, art exhibition, antique collectors fair, car club display, children's activities, circus and town fair.

Spirit of Toodyay bookYou will be able to purchase the new book "Spirit of Toodyay" at the Moondyne Festival.

This is a mixture of stories, pictures, poetry and prose. The contents are as varied and diverse as the people who have written them.

These everyday townsfolk have invited us into their lives opening their hearts to share a chocolate box assortment of humour, joy, sadness, drama and imaginary. The "Spirit of Toodyay" confirms that inside each of us there is at least one good story waiting to be written and very often several more to follow...

Toodyay’s Moondyne Festival is a family focused fun day with the entertainment non stop from 9am to 4pm. We promise you a day of interesting things to see and do.

Everyone is invited to dress in pioneer costume.

Moondyne Joe in Toodyay 2012

Photographer Nikki Spencer.