Interview – Jack Dickenson, Eden Killer Whale Museum

While recently visiting the South Coast to discuss a proposed regional collection digitisation project, we grabbed the opportunity to visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum and talk to their President, Jack Dickenson.

The Museum was established in 1931 and is one of the oldest museums in NSW.


The Eden Killer Whale Museum offers visitors the chance to discover the intriguing story of the unique working relationship between the whalers and killer whales of Twofold Bay.

The skeleton of “Old Tom”, the most famous of the killer whales is on display as are artefacts of the shore-based whaling industry which operated in Eden from the early 1800s through to the 1930s.

The Eden Killer Whale Museum overlooks the north arm of Twofold Bay. Visitors can take in the magnificent views from the deck and catch glimpses of migratory whales and seabirds as well as dolphins and seals. It also showcases maritime and timber history from the area, along with regular travelling exhibitions.

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