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History & Heritagein Berry NSW

The indigenous people of the area were the Wodi Wodi people. In the 1810s, George William Evans, Government Surveyor, reported on the Berry district as a possible settlement and on the good stands of red cedar. Subsequently, itinerant timber cutters visited to cut and send cedar to Sydney.

Alexander Berry, with his business partner Edward Wollstonecraft, pioneered European settlement in the Shoalhaven region in 1822. The locality was known as Broughton Creek from its beginning in 1825 as a private town and part of a large rural grant holding called “Coolangatta”. The name was changed to Berry in 1889, following the death of David Berry, Alexander’s brother, to honour the Berry family. The local public hospital was also bequeathed by the Berry family, and is now named the David Berry Hospital – a rehabilitation hospital and palliative care hospice.

For much of its early history the town depended on timber cutting and dairy farming, with a tannery and boat building also present, but today, Berry is a town of thriving independent businesses and a unique blend of stylish boutiques, homewares stores, gourmet cafes and restaurants.

Berry & District Historical Society Inc

Community Groups, History & Heritage

The Berry & District Historical Society is responsible for the running of the Berry Museum, which is staffed by volunteers....

Berry Courthouse & Gardens

Community Groups, History & Heritage

Berry Courthouse is an historic building with a beautiful private hedged garden, making it a popular venue for wedding ceremonies, functions and events....

Churches

Community Groups, History & Heritage

Berry has many historic churches dotted around the township....

Historical Muir House Gallery

Community Groups, History & Heritage

Art exhibitions by local artists, art and craft classes. Gallery open to the public Friday to Sunday. Art space also available to hire. ...

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Driving to Berry – Maps, Times & Distances

Berry is an easy drive from Sydney, Canberra and the South Coast and Illawarra regions of New South Wales, making it ideal for weekends away as well as longer holidays....

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