Platforms For Jetty Train Named

A new layer of history has been painted on Busselton Jetty with the inclusion of signposts naming the two train platforms after famous locals.

The news article “Jetty Train platforms named” has full details on this story. It says: “Roy Morris and the Bovell family where honoured with platforms named after them in a ceremony held by the Busselton Jetty Enviro-nment and?Conservation Association on Saturday morning. The Roy Morris Platform is outside the Interpretive Centre and the Bovell Platform is towards the end of the jetty, just before the Underwater Observatory.” http://www.busseltonmail.com.au/story/1329959/jetty-train-platforms-named/?cs=801

BJECA president Trevor Fitzgerald said that the platforms were on the cards for quite some time.

“The honours were bestowed on the Bovell family and on Roy for services rendered to the jetty,” said Trevor, adding, “Roy has been on BJECA for 27 years in one position or another, serving as president for nine years. The Bovells have been associated with the jetty for the better part of 100 years.”

Roy has been working and fishing around Busselton Jetty almost all his life. On one occasion, he worked on vessels moored at the jetty, along with his father.

Roy expressed gratitude to BJECA for the acknowledgment.

“It is an honour and I am highly honoured and proud. The jetty is like my second home,” Roy said.

A brief speech was delivered at Roy Morris Platform, before the packed train travelled toward the end of Busselton Jetty, where visitors saw the inauguration of the second platform and were later taken on a supervised tour around the Underwater Observatory.

“The platform signs recognise various contributions and the Bovell family has been contributing for so long and in so many ways,” said Trevor.

The Bovell family was also recognised for its long-standing ties to Busselton Jetty, beginning with AR Bovell, who played a leading role in setting up Busselton’s first shipping industry together with his sons Sir Stewart and Reg Bovell.

Reg’s daughter Jane Burns and son-in-law John inaugurated Bovell Platform on behalf of their family.

The name also acknowledges the family’s support for BJECA during its 35-year history.

“Although we live in Perth now, we like to spend time down here when we can,” said Jane, before adding, “It is nice to have this recognition.”

A morning tea was later held at Goose café.

Ali’s Landing, the fishing platform located half-way up Busselton Jetty was also named after Ali Scott, a former president of BJECA who played a prominent role in restoring the historic structure.

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