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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....

Berry Historic Walking Trails

History & Heritage

A walk around Berry township with a written walking guide complete with directions, historical photographs and information on Berry’s buildings and history...

Berry Museum

History & Heritage

Learn about the history of Berry and its people. The Berry Museum is operated by the Berry and District Historical Society....

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Berry Men’s Shed

The Berry Men’s Shed teaches skills to it’s members (both male and female) boosting self confidence while also benefiting the community. ...

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