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.
The Berry & District Historical Society is responsible for the running of the Berry Museum, which is staffed by volunteers....
The Berry School of Arts was opened on January 18th 1906 and hosts Shoalhaven Art Society meetings, painting, life drawing, exhibitions, drama, music lessons, antique shows, flower shows, food and wine festivals, book sales, musicals, luncheons, weddings, meetings and special events....Learn more
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Shoalhaven Historic Vehicle Club is hosting the 2018 National Motoring Heritage Day on Sunday, 20th May at Berry Showground, Berry. The theme this year featuresREAD MORE
Coolangatta Estate is an award-winning winery and resort destination boasting a unique place in contemporary tourism as well as being of great historical significance toREAD MORE
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