HONOURED: The late Slim Dusty pictured with his wife Joy McKean.
HONOURED: The late Slim Dusty pictured with his wife Joy McKean.

Waltz in to the Slim Dusty Centre

PUB with no beer, G’day G’day, Looking Forward Looking Back – these are just three of the many Slim Dusty songs that have become a cherished part of Australian culture.

Throughout his seven decade career, Slim Dusty released more than 100 albums and forged a lasting legacy as one of the icons of the Australian music scene.

On Thursday, Kempsey opened the doors to the Slim Dusty Centre, a museum dedicated to the iconic bushie and his wife, Joy McKean.

The Federal and State Governments committed $7.6million towards the centre which features objects and images from the Kirkpatrick family’s archive, as well as contributions from fans all over the world.

Acting Prime Minister Warren Truss welcomed the opening and said the contribution of the two personalities to Australia’s cultural identity had been immense.

“This iconic couple travelled around the nation for decades bringing joy to many families through their music,” Mr Truss said.

“There aren’t many Australian’s who haven’t heard Pub with No Beer.

“Joy was the rock in Slim’s life and a highly accomplished performer in her own right.

“Slim Dusty may be the household name but the two performers toured, colla- borated and worked together for many decades.”

Slim Dusty was born and bred at Nulla Nulla Creek near Kempsey and won 37 Golden Guitars, two ARIA awards and had been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said the centre would be a boost for the Mid North Coast by bolstering tourist numbers.