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by Peter Hancock (subscribe)
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Join the fun as Bridgetown celebrates unique jigsaw gallery
The Bridgetown and Greenbushes community will hold Livelighter Puzzletown 6255 from July 4 to 21 to celebrate what is claimed to be the Southern Hemisphere's biggest collection of jigsaw puzzles.

Part of Bridgetown's annual winter festival, this year called Fridgetown Fest, Puzzletown 6255 will feature a range of activities around the district providing activities for children and young people.

Interactive areas will include a dedicated Wondrous Winter Maze Garden, quiz and puzzle trails, ice sculptures and a light show.

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The Ravensburger Memorable Moments jigsaw features Disney's 10 most popular movies.


The Wondrous Winter Maze Garden on July 6 and 7 features a 50 metre long marquee housing Australia's biggest inflatable maze alongside giant games like chess and Jenga, a string maze, and two 25 meter long activity tables.

The maze at Bridgetown's Memorial Park will be open from 10am to 8pm on the Saturday and 10am to 3pm on the Sunday with $1 entry for children under 12, $2 for teens and adults and $5 for a family.

Enquiries about the event should emailed to puzzletown6255@iinet.net.au

On Saturday night of July 6, there will be a countdown to the turning on of Bridgetown's winter light show and a live ice sculptor will create two special pieces.

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The Brierley Jigsaw Gallery houses the Southern Hemisphere's biggest collection of jigsaws.


There will be an igloo, a find the snowmen competition, healthy food and drink and much more.

Puzzletown 6255 is part of a program to promote the redevelopment of the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery in Bridgetown

Mrs Jesse Brierley was a pioneer of the tourism industry in Bridgetown who established the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery as a purpose built tourist attraction in 1978.

The gallery which now features hundreds of puzzles collected since the 1940s got its start from puzzles her family would work on in the evenings and then hung on the walls of the family farm.

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3-D city landscapes are among some of the amazing jigsaws on display.


After the Second World War Mrs Brierley opened a guest house and visitors were encouraged to tackle the puzzles in the dining room in the evenings.

Guests returning to their own homes around the world would often send gifts of new puzzles helping to grow the collection.

When Mrs Brierley retired she donated the collection to the community along with funds to line and carpet a gallery for the collection within the Bridgetown Visitor Centre.

Puzzles in the collection range from classic art and famous landscapes to 3D jigsaws, some featured winter jigsaws and much more.

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A young jigsaw fan gets familiar with the puzzle collection.


The smallest puzzle in the collection is 99 pieces and is much smaller than it sounds. The biggest is 9000 pieces.

The gallery is also displaying one of the world's largest jigsaws, the Ravensburger Memorable Moments jigsaw which has more than 40,000 pieces featuring Disney's 10 most popular movies and is more than seven meters long. It was completed by descendants of Mrs Brierley and is on loan from them.

Entry to the gallery is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $5 for a family of two adults and two children.

Plans are now being made by the community to redevelop the jigsaw gallery into a contemporary, interactive space devoted to puzzles of all kinds to make it a must-see attraction in the South West.

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Jigsaws at the gallery come in all shapes and sizes, like this aerial view of London.


Community spokesperson Pip Mills says Puzzletown 6255 is squarely aimed at raising awareness of Bridgetown as a destination for puzzlers of all persuasions.

Other events taking place during Livelighter Puzzletown 6244 include:

Kids Spy Mission on the Art Trail from 10am to 3pm, Wednesday to Saturday and from 10am to 2pm on Sunday throughout the Festival. Cost is $10 per Top Secret Pack bought at The Rabbit Hole Art Space which provides clues to be found along a section of The Art Trail. The correct answers help create a magic word to thwart the plan of evil Dr M. Alice. It should take about an hour to complete the mission and is perfect for the whole family. Enquiries to Jenny Mountford 0438 818 847 @therabbitholestudios

Pick The Puzzle Exhibition will be held at the Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant from 3pm, Thursday to Sunday between July 4 and 21. Pop in for free to view the Bridgetown Art Series exhibition and cast a vote for the first artwork to be turned into a jigsaw puzzle. Enquiries to Pip Mills 0427611088 @bridgetown_pottery_restaurant

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The Brierley gallery features the world's largest puzzle.


A Historical Ghost Walk around Bridgetown will be held on July 6 from 7pm to 8pm, starting from the Police Station Museum. The Bridgetown Historical Society will lead a walk along the main street of Bridgetown introducing ghosts and characters of Bridgetown's past. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will be limited to 40 people. Tea or coffee and biscuits are included. Enquiries or bookings can be made with Mary Elgar on 0431 681 966 or through www.bridgetownhistoricalsociety.org.au


Puzzles, Pies 'n' Punch at the Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant from 3pm daily, Thursday to Sunday, between July 11 and 14 gives visitors an opportunity to order a meal from the menu and to partake in puzzles, pies and punch. Enquiries and bookings to Pip Mills on 0427611088 @bridgetown_pottery_restaurant

Who Killed Captain Boddy? From 7pm on July 13 at the Police Station Museum is a Cluedo-style mystery murder game. There will be a maximum of 12 participants and the $5 fee will include tea, coffee and biscuits. Children over 10 years old can participate provided they are supervised by a parent or responsible adult. Bookings are essential through Mary Elgar on 0431 681 966 or through www.bridgetownhistoricalsociety.org.au

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This clever 3-D castle is among the many fascinating jigsaws.


Scitech's Science Wonderland, at the Town Hall, from 9am to 2pm on July 13 offers hands on activities, including virtual reality headsets, for four to 12 year olds. They will also do a 10am show, I've Got A Problem and one at noon called Burning, Melting, Saving. Entry cost is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $5 per family. Enquiries to puzzletown6255@iinet.net.au


Twist N' Turn Rubik's Cube Mosaics is on July 13 from 10am to 1pm at the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery creating custom and original mosaic style images by solving their more than 400 Rubik's cubes. Entry to the gallery is $2 for adults, $1 for children and $5 per family with enquiries to puzzletown6255@iinet.net.au They will also be appearing for free at the Blackwood River Park Sunday Markets from 9.30am to 11.30am.

Games, Gizmos 'n' Grub will be available at Bridgetown Pottery-Restaurant from 3pm daily, Thursday to Sunday between July 18 and 21. Guests can order from the menu and try their hand at games and fiddle with gizmos while they eat. Inquiries and bookings to Pip Mills on 0427611088 @ bridgetown_pottery_restaurant

Blackwood Dungeons Dragons Winterfest will be held at The Rabbit Hole Artspace from 10am to 5.30pm on Saturday, July 20 and from 10am to 5pm on Sunday, July 21. For a gold coin donation and under 18s free, The Rabbit Hole Art Space will be transformed for two days into an arcane playground to celebrate the game of Dungeons and Dragons. People of all ages and experience can play on multiple tables, surrounded by art, costumes and merchandise inspired by the roleplaying game. A late night session will be held on July 20 for over 18s from 8pm to late. Enquiries to Jenny Mountford on 0438 818 847 @therabbitholestudios
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Why? A host of family activities around Bridgetown and Greenbushes to raise awareness of the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery.
When: July 4 to July 21
Where: Various venues around Bridgetown.
Cost: Varies from event to event
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We have been to the jigsaw gallery when we went to Bridgetown blues and it was amazing and well worth the visit The people of Bridgetown really are a lovely community and host fabulous events . This event would certainly be worth a visit. 💕
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