Built as a flexible multipurpose facility, the Centre offers a Visitor Information Centre, Function and Conference spaces, a Travelling Exhibition Gallery, Dusty’s Dinner Camp Café, and a Merchandise Shop with unique Slim Dusty gifts, as well as showcased local products from our region.
The Slim Dusty Museum, an “Australian Life In Song” is a major tourism drawcard, making this facility a must see on the national and international visitors’ scene.
Picture by Todd Connaughton courtesy of the Macleay Argus’ SF
The Slim Dusty Centre, hosts travelling events throughout the year which you can enjoy when you visit the centre.
We can accommodate a wide range of events from the most intimate gatherings to grand celebrations, including weddings, engagements, christenings, birthday celebrations, or corporate events from launches, team training and meetings, to large exhibitions.
“An Australian Life in Song”
The Slim Dusty Museum exhibition features objects and images from the Kirkpatrick family’s own extensive archive, as well as contributions from fans and friends from all over the world. Visually rich and astonishingly varied, the display provides a look into Slim’s first steps into show business, the early years of adventures with Joy and their mates touring the towns and villages of Australia’s outback and the glory days of life on the showgrounds of Australia with artistes and performers of vaudevillian delights. Memory acts, dental trapeze and comedy skits were all part of Slim and Joy’s shows for years, until they settled into the type of performances for which they became famous; rollicking country music and Slim’s natural good humour, all with a very Australian flavour.
Enjoy the costumes, the images of Australian life and its people, the music of some of Australia’s finest musicians and the insights into Australia’s vast history and geography that only Slim and Joy’s sixty years on the road can provide.
Prize: Featuring beautiful, rich, red Nulla Cedar – timber from a 300 year old tree that was growing on the banks of Nulla Creek at “Homewood”- Slim’s boyhood home, the tree now lives on in a unique range of furniture known as “The Nulla Collection”. Increasingly valuable as the supply of this heritage tree diminishes, you may become the proud owner of a coach style mantel clock, handcrafted by Mr Brian Irvine, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity framed in the Nulla red cedar, bearing a “Nulla Collection” serial number and signed by members of the Slim Dusty family.
Tickets: $5 each or three for $10
Drawn at the Slim Dusty Centre on Australia Day, 26th January 2018
Call 1800 18 7546 or drop in to buy your tickets
Proceeds to the Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey, NSW
Joy and I look forward to the eventual opening of a venture that will showcase not just my music and my life, but the role that Australian Country Music has played in the culture of the North Coast of NSW, and indeed, Australia. It is my hope and ambition that this Centre will show the integration of country music and the different facets of life in this country; also that it will assist young artists and musicians in their studies and careers. I believe too, that it will be of great benefit to the town of Kempsey and the district of the Macleay Valley.``