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If you have ever wanted to know why successful journalist John Boyle O’Reilly escaped the town of Bunbury back in the 1880s, then you will want to keep this Saturday afternoon free.

The Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre is welcoming the Moondyne and Me show to the centre for residents and visitors to learn about a piece of South West history.

Moondyne and Me tells the story of freedom fighter, writer and journalist John Boyle O’Reilly and how he escaped the town of Bunbury to establish himself as a respected journalist, newspaper editor, novelist and poet in America.

Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre manager David Marshall said the show was a great way to bring local content to the South West region.

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“I think it’s really important for the cultural centre to bring shows like this to Harvey,” he said.

“The show in particular is yet another way performing arts brings education to current generations with regard to WA local history.”

Being set in the 1880s, the show will feature props straight out of Harvey.

“The Harvey Historical Society has generously provided us with props like an old table, chairs, a Coolgardie safe and a few barrels, and of course the actors will all be in costume,” Mr Marshall said.

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