A concert of stories and songs hosted by Shane Howard, featuring local artists Oriel Glennen, Nancie Schipper, Arty Hoey and more.
7:30pm • July 8th, 2016 • Lecture Hall • Tickets $25, available at Port Fairy Tourist Info Centre and online
Port Fairy is a little town with a big story.
For tens of thousands of years, it was the home of the Pyipgil Gunditj, a clan of the Peek Wurrong tribe, who thrived on the abundance of the land, the rivers and the sea. In the early 1800’s, James Wishart sailed up the Moyne River and named the area after his Cutter, ‘The Fairy’.
Sealers, whalers and seamen followed, mostly from Tasmania and by the 1830’s, the town began to develop. Settlers soon flocked here from Tasmania, Sydney and across the world, encouraged by the rich soil and commercial opportunities. The settlement was disastrous for the local Indigenous people.
Originally known as Belfast, it was one of the earliest settlements in Victoria and the busiest port, other than Melbourne. It was renamed Port Fairy in 1887.
A lot has happened since then, on the land and on the wild Southern Sea. Port Fairy is a story full of unique tales that are hilarious, tragic and plain unbelievable. There’s certainly no shortage of history in this town.
Join local singer/songwriters as they sing their songs, filled with colourful characters and tall tales from this rich history, both ancient and recent.