Dorrigo and Guy Fawkes Historical Society

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    1. Looking south along Hickory Street. 2. The Museum. 3. The rolling rich basalt country around Dorrigo. Originally thick forest, it’s now moving from dairying into fat cattle.

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    Poster of Buddy Williams in the Museum collection

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    The Wharfdale Printing Press

    Built around 1860, this press was used to print the Don Dorrigo Gazette for many years. A copy of all the Gazettes since first printed in 1910 are kept at ...

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    Buddy Williams, 1954

    Orphaned, young Buddy Williams was fostered to the McFaralane’s on the Old Coramba Road, Dorrigo.

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    Dorrigo Butter Factory

    The first Dorrigo Butter Factory was opened in 1906, and was built just above the Ash Street bridge.

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    Orrigo box & Reg Short

    Reg Short is a one-time Manager of the Butter Factory

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    Early 1900s Businesses

    These businesses were sited toward the northern end of Hickory Street where Coronation Park is now. Local Blacksmith Bob Tomlins is second from the left.

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    Cudgery Street early 1900s

    This entire row of shops in Cudgery Street was burnt down

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    Empire Day 1911

    Procession of Primary Children, Cudgery St, Empire Day 1911

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    Settling The Dome

    The Dome is just east of Dorrigo, and Morgan Owen selected it, then cleared it for dairying. This photo was taken in 1919 by Charles Fishwick

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    Blacksmith advertisement 1923

    The blacksmith and coach builder speaks of a very different, independent time. This page is from a Don Dorrigo Gazette & Guy Fawkes Advocate of the time.

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    Hickory Street from the south

    The Heritage Hotel dominates this side of Hickory Street. Built to capitalise on the building of the Guyra-Dorrigo Railway, it thrived despite the failure of that line to proceed.


 An extensive digitised photographic archive includes the A.C. Bennett Collection (circa 1911-16), Waterfall and A.E. Murray original glass negatives, community organisations, timber, dairying and farming industries, WWI & WWII soldiers, families, natural disasters, sporting events and the Dorrigo- Glenreagh Railway.  Other important objects and collections include the Wharfdale Printing Press for many years used to print the Don Dorrigo Gazette, Buddy Williams' connection with Dorrigo, and the Dorrigo Hydro Electricity Scheme. You may be interested to find out about our connection with developing the first Armour-piercing bullet in the 1930s.

The Dorrigo Museum’s primary focus is the collection and display of historical and contemporary material that encompasses objects, photographs, local histories and stories of people and place in both print and digital media as well as videos that capture the natural beauty of the Dorrigo landscape.

Visitors can explore the stories of early settlement and the development of logging, sawmilling and dairying on the Dorrigo Plateau through themed displays.  Temporary photographic displays related to annual town events, festivals and commemorations are a regular feature of the museum. Volunteers involved with the ABC Open Projects have produced short films that the visitor can view in the museum.

Since 2013 we've been engaged in a very successful program of regular theme-based visits to the local hostel. This was established as a social event to tap into the memories of the residents. Other on-going projects include recording and documenting the histories of the Dorrigo Butter Factory, the Dorrigo Telephone Exchange, histories of the western Plateau and of the Dorrigo National Park, Dairying and the local Red Cross.



Getting There

24 Cudgery St
Dorrigo, NSW 2453

Opening Hours

Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday

10:00 to 02:30 (Wednesdays to Sundays inclusive over Xmas hols. Other times by appointment)


Waterfall Way

The Waterfall Way is a scenic drive which begins just south of ...

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