Mandurah Burning

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Was a time when the crab infested burg of Mandurah would have been classified as “country”. However Perth and it’s high tech freeway has swallowed (although only partially digested) crustacean town. Here is a picture of a burnt miniature village. It is hard to tell if this perversity, which hordes of holiday makers have averted their gaze from, is more or less sinister after having been torched. Police are looking for a leprechaun who was seen arson around the place.


Hansel and Gretel’s house in the foreground.

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Comedian, artist, photographer and critic. From 2007 to 2017 ran the culture and satire site The Worst of Perth
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51 Responses to Mandurah Burning

  1. Golden1 says:

    What an amazing image LA – Looks like Srebrenica.
    Very Grimm.


  2. meccano101 says:

    This looks like miniature “Clontarf Boys College ” theme park.


  3. lazyaussie says:

    yes G1, My thoughts exactly. Looks like miniature Serbs have just been through the place.


  4. meccano101 says:

    Nearly 8000 hits L.A, do you have an extra special Worst for the 10,000?


  5. lazyaussie says:

    Yes. Will have to get those damn t shirts printed!


  6. Cimbali says:

    I don’t know about this one. I like the Worsts that have been immaculately maintained, deliberate awfulness being better (or worse) than random acts of awfulness. I think this would have been far better (or worse) if it was pristine and people paid to go there.
    I told the director of Form gallery about your blog this evening. She is running the whole Creative Capital thing and was happy to hear that a debate about Perth was going on.
    By the way why don’t you just print out the tranfers and sell them, then people can buy their own t shirt and iron them on. Cheaper to post and far less work for you.


  7. lazyaussie says:

    Is the burnt not worse in this case C? Have linked the original website to the word perversity above. Strangely it doesn’t seem to have the same buildings as my shot, and the breaking news doesn’t say “Now Burnt!” Can there be 2 miniature villages in Manji?

    Please let’s talk creative capital. As the Let’s see a Bluey post shows, The Worst of Perth is not just about slagging off.

    I am dissatisfied with the current quality of iron ons. Would like to do some real ones.


  8. meccano101 says:

    Two miniature villages! Now the real mystery emerges. Who had the most to gain by this village being torched?


  9. Golden1 says:

    The second village is very, very English – empire building perhaps?


  10. meccano101 says:

    Are you suggesting a they might be planning a full scale attack G1 and become a large miniature?


  11. Golden1 says:

    I think, given the evidence that the attack has been and gone and that one of two things happened.

    a) The miniature residents turned upon each other killing, looting and ransacking (there is probably a miniature mass grave somewhere in the vicinity) and then moved on, while the very English part of the village just ignored what was happening and hoped it would go away.
    b) The English invaded – offering the locals beads and trinkets for their land then killed, looted and ransacked ( there is probably a miniature mass grave in the vicinity) and then built a new village in it’s place – a new, better miniature village that looks exactly like home.


    • Anon says:

      I know no one has commented on this in years but I need to clear something up for my own state of mind. This was a fun park. The small villages were little attractions. There were also castles and an Australia shaped pool. The place was long long ago abandoned apparently due to safety issues. A fire swept through there. I’m trying to find out more but nobody seems to care


  12. Cimbali says:

    Are you sure this is the same place?
    The website is 2007, they are looking for a new tearooms manager and nowhere does it mention fire fighting capabilities. I still think the untorched one is scarier but it might just be the addition of thatch which is missing from your pic.
    I have been looking carefully for evidence of miniature Clontarf Boys without success – are you sure it was them Meccano?


  13. lazyaussie says:

    Well it doesn’t look like the same place, but surely, SURELY there can’t be two miniature villages in Mandurah?


  14. meccano101 says:

    Cut and past HTML below and compare with the chapel in the pic it is pretty close bar the extended spire. Sure, the last time I saw Clontarf was 1992 but it looks pretty similar to me.


  15. anthony says:

    Who can stop these tiny vandals?


  16. lazyaussie says:

    I’ll crush them under my foot if I see them Anthony. On another topic, your roast lamb recipe looks fantastic. How do you know how long to roast for?


  17. meccano101 says:

    Perhaps a mini summit anthony?


  18. This needs a general case study into how Crabtown got turned into shit. The usual suspects : Alanah McTiernan, Brian Burke , various sleazy developers.


  19. CK says:

    Well I for one think it’s quit dignified for Mandurah to host this memorial to the Bosnian wars. Quite moving really.

    Have they also got Dinky-Toy diggers going to it with the toy corpses?


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  21. Sarah says:

    i remember going there when i was 1 or so.. and no there is only one miniature village in mandurah and that was it!

    as far as i am aware the government wouldnt let some big company built on the land in that area so mysteriously there was a fire (it was all bushland/marshland stuff) and tada goneeeee


  22. Daveo says:

    I had the unfortunate pleasure of growing up in Mandurah. The above was sadly very much part of my childhood, it is the late great “Castle Fun Park” not the linked Abingdon miniature village (which is more aimed at 60 and over ex-pats).


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  24. Michael says:

    meccano101 said…
    This looks like miniature “Clontarf Boys College ” theme park. …the last time I saw Clontarf was 1992 but it looks pretty similar to me.

    Check this out:


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