Coffs Harbour History Videos

Over the years, I have produced and narrated a number of Australian history documentaries, videos & films. These educational videos are full of Coffs Harbour history, Dorrigo history, and more. These historical videos about the NSW North Coast are great for:

  • Cinema Screenings for history buffs

  • Educational Coffs Harbour History Classes & In-School Video screenings

  • For history enthusiasts to enjoy at home

 

To order a Coffs Harbour History video, simply visit my contact page and fill in the form to request more information.

  

"Tom Timms One" 
Australian History Video/ Topic: Eastern Dorrigo History
                                                                       
The Eastern Dorrigo was first settled early in the 1900s. Tom Timms was fifteen years old when he arrived with his father. Other settlers arrived with their families  to clear the forests so they could set up farms. Tom and his father Thomas were planning to set up a dairy farm. They soon found they could sell the timber and it could be shipped from Coffs Harbour to markets in Sydney and other cities that need sawn timber. Tom was twenty two years old when he built his first sawmill.
         
                            Video is 48 min.        Preview 2m 13s.

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"Tom Timms Two"     
Australian History Video/ Topic: Eastern Dorrigo History
 
The is the continued story of Tom Timms. It was a difficult period with two World Wars and The Great Depression in the 1929-1930s. The Eastern Dorrigo was a very cold area in the winter and was some distance from the surrounding towns. The Glenreagh to Dorrigo railway was opened in 1924 and motor vehicles were becoming easier to buy. Because the railway had opened many new sawmills were operating on the Eastern Dorrigo. There was plenty of work for everyone. Tom built a sawmill and bought into many other businesses 

                            Video is 55 min.  Preview 2 min.

"Timmsvale and Ulong"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Dorrigo History
 
This video shows the changes in these two timber villages before and after the NSW government stopped log falling on the Eastern Dorrigo. Sawmills were closed and many families left the district looking for work. 

                   Video 5 min 10 sec      Preview 2 Min 18 Sec.
 

"Jack Hurley and the Lions Road"
Australian History Video/: Lions Club 
 
Jack Hurley had seen more changes in ninety years the most of us could imagine. Jack was a young man when the famous "Spiral Loop Line" was being built. Jack Hurley was the "Big Chief" behind the "Lions Club" push to build a road through the Border Range National Park. He was the chairman for over forty years.     
 
Video 54 min        Preview 3 Min.

"Coffs Harbour Story Part One"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History of the Jetty

The building of the jetty and the harbour break walls. Then the massive job of building the "North Coast Railway". A number of Coffs Harbour Residents talk about how they saw these massive tasks. The small town grew into a city. It had a major Railway Station, Sea Port, Aerodrome and The Pacific Highway which linked Sydney and Brisbane.  
  
                             Video 57 min.     Preview 3 min.

"Coffs Harbour Story Part Two"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History of the Jetty

The building of the jetty and the harbour break walls. Then the massive job of building the "North Coast Railway". A number of Coffs Harbour Residents talk about how they saw these massive tasks. The small town grew into a city. It had a major Railway Station, Sea Port, Aerodrome and The Pacific Highway which linked Sydney and Brisbane.  
  
                             Video 57 min.     Preview 3 min.

"100 Years on the Eastern Dorrigo"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Dorrigo Sawmill History

From 1906 through till 2006 was a very busy time for the eastern Dorrigo. It was a very cold area in the Winter and many arrived in the area in 1906 to clear the land for Dairy farming. It was soon found the timber they were cutting down and burning could be sold. Many sawmills were built and more families moved to the area because of the jobs which were then available. Each village had a School, Post Office, Dance Hall, and Church but It all changed over one hundred years.   

                          Video 68 Min     Preview 2 min 22 Sec.

"Joe Corrigan"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Sawmill History

 

Joe grew up near Moonee which is a few miles north of Coffs Harbour. At six years old Joe walked three miles to school each day with his brother. By the time Joe was ten years old he could drive a bullock team on his own. Joe Corrigan drove bullocks all of his working life and in 2015 still owns a bullock team.       

                                Video 34 min    Preview 2Min 36 Secs 

"The Bellinger Valley Through the Years"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Bellinger Valley History

 

This is the history of this magnificent valley. It begins in 1841 when a party of timber cutters were looking for rivers where ships could load their produce and ship it to Sydney where it was in big demand. It was surveyed and it was claimed the river entrance was navigable. The "Sydney Morning Herald" wrote the rivers bar could be crossed and there was an abundance of the finest quality cedar in the valley That was just the beginning

 

Video 59 min.      Preview 3 min 29 sec

"The Reverend Colin Steep"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Church History History

 

The reverend Colin Steep grew up on a small property 60 kilometers west of Port MacQuarie. Through the depression in the 1920s and 1930s. There was no money to buy anything and so the family of eight lived on what they grew on their small farm. Colin worked on the farm with his father because his brothers had joined the army. We talk about why he joined the church and his life after that.

Video  62 Min.    Preview 2 min. 29 Sec.

"Jack Gerard the Showman"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History

is one of my most popular videos. Jack grew up on a small farm not far from Coffs Harbour. As a young man he worked and travelled with Lawrence Penn who travelled the country showing "silent pictures" in the country halls. Jack set up his own picture theatre "The beautiful Tasma Theatre" and became a Movietone reporter. Some of his films were shown around the world. 

 

Video for 25 Min.     Preview 2 min 18 secs. 
 

"The Glowing Cross"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Lismore's Glowering Cross Mystery
In 1907 a young railway worker was killed in a train accident at Mullumbimby. In 1918 the headstone in the Lismore cemetery began to glow at night. The light would light up the gravestones around it. A lady wrote to the Lismore newspaper wanting to know why it glowed. The paper was looking for answers and the Cross became world news. People from all over the world came to look at it. A video produced by John Westwood and Graham Bell and won the "Silver Standard Award' in the "British Amateur Film Festival" in 2006.

Video 20 min    Preview 3 min 50 sec 

"Dick Willis Racecar Legend"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Motor Car Racing

 

Coffs Harbour man Dick Willis made his mark motor car racing in Australia. Dick has also built up a collection of race cars

which are on display in his race car museum. He competed in the Grafton Hill-climb in 2010 and that was his 100th entry in that event. He has competed in Speedway, Hill-climb and Circuit events for many years. Dick is also a regular writer to newsletters in car racing magazines.

                          Video                             Preview   2 min  15 secs

"The Rusty Iron Rally 2005-06-07"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Farm Machine History

 

The Rusty Iron Rally is held on the Macksville Showground every year on "Fathers Day". Each year spectators and farmers come from hundreds of miles to see the machinery. Tractors, Trucks Old Cars as well as many small milking machines and large boilers and Traction Engines are all on display. There are two of these DVDs "The Rusty Iron Rally 2005-06-07.    The other DVD is "Rusty Iron Rally 2008".

Video 40 min    Preview 2 min.

"The Rusty Iron Rally 2008"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Farm Machine Rally in Macksville

 

This is the second video about this popular yearly event held at the Macksville showground.  Organized by  the "Mid North Coast Machinery and Restoration Club"and held every year on Fathers Day  drawing very large crowds. Some events are "Tappert Cover Racing". Motor Bikes, Trucks and Car Parade, The big parade is the Vintage Tractor parade.

Preview  2 min


 

"Anzac Day Dorrigo 2015"

Australian History Video/ Topic: 100 Years After Gallipoli Landing

 

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand troops landed  on the beaches of Gallipoli. One hundred years later the small country town of Dorrigo held a special Anzac Service to honor the young men and women who fought for our freedom. Many of them died, on the shores of Gallipoli the Australian and New Zealand armies fought for eight months. Eight Thousand Anzac Soldiers lost their lives before the Allies called for an evacuation.

Preview   2 Min 09 Secs. 

"The Way it Was"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History

 

This is a video that will bring memories back to many Coffs Harbour people. It has lots of film footage from captured from 8mm films. The video begins with the opening of the Exservice Club in 1950. There are lots of parades and street scenes from the 1950s and 1960s. It also includes the "Sesquicentennial  Parade"which was held in 2011.

 

Preview  2min 20 secs.

"Nymboida Adventure" "Canoeing and Camping"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Camping and Canoeing on the Nymboida River

Three trips canoeing down Nymboida River.  The quiet dark nights were enjoyed on three different trips. River levels, different people made each trip a new adventure. Troy and Cloe Bell narrated this video.
 
Video  40 Min     Preview  2min 20Sec.

"Peter Blacker Catchin' Bara"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Catching Barramundi in Nth Qld.

Peter Blacker and his wife Grace would travel to the Roper River each year to catch Barramundi. There are some great video shots which was taken by Grace. For thirteen years Peter and Grace would take the three day trip from Coffs Harbour to the Roper River. They would carry their camp gear, fuel and boat. They saw many King Brown snakes and counted fifteen pairs of crocodile eyes one night all at the same time.

 

Video  38 mins        Preview  1min 45 Secs   

 "Dudley Timms and his Model Sawmill"
Australian History Video Topic: Dorrigo Sawmill History
 
Dudley Timms was the son of Tom Timms. He built this model sawmill which was a replica  of his fathers water powered sawmill. Dudley showed this model at country shows.  He was first asked to put it on display at the Bellingen and Dorrigo Shows. The Forestry Dept. saw it there and invited him to the Sydney Royal Easter Show. After that he was invited to many shows in NSW and Qld. 
His father Tom Timms had built a turbine driven Sawmill in Timmsvale. It is shown in the Tom Timms One Video. It was the only water powered Turbo Driven Sawmill in the Southern Hemisphere.

                            Preview  2min11 Sec 

"Life Story of Bill and Aileen Shipman"
Australian Country Music Artists.
 
They were both very keen Country Music entertainers. Bill was from a small farm next to the "Tallawadga Creek". Bill and Aileen loved Country Music and married. They toured with the "Reg Lindsay Show" for a number of years. Bill has appeared on stage with Smokey Dawson, Chad Morgan and many other Country Music performers.

                               This video runs for ten minutes.

"Snakes Alive"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Snake Excitement.
 
I came across these snakes South of Tweed Heads. I videoed their performance. I'm not sure what they were doing there??

Video Runs 30 Secs.

"Gold Mine Adventure"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Gold Mine History
 We visited an old abandoned Gold Mine while making the "Early Days of Coffs Harbour" Video. This mine had not been worked for Eighty odd years.
It was a bit "spooky". This video was produced when the Coffs Harbour One video  was produced. I had to find someone who knew firstly where there was a an old mine and to go into it so it could be videoed.       
     
Full Video 4 Min 15 Sec

"Steamtrain visits Coffs Harbour. 2010"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Steamtrain 
This train takes you back in time. It was a great day for young and old
Older folk recalled trips from Coffs Harbour to Sydney. Young passengers were excited about the ride on a Steam Train. The Maitland Steam Train Museum would come up the3 coast and spend a few days taking trips to Coramba and back. It was very popular.

Full Video 4 Min 32 Secs

"TRITON"
Australian History Video/ Topic: Prawn Trawling


Triton was a prawn trawler I built in my "Backyard" during the mid 1970's
I was the first to use a weather radar and to also pull three smaller nets at the same time. The film was taken with an 8mm movie camera and it was shot through the daytime off the Bellinger River mouth which had flooded. I  worked out of Yamba and Iluka most of the time. We would drive back to Coffs Harbour when the weather was not good. I worked the trawler for nine years. Prawn Trawling was a night-time job and we were trawling for "King Prawns" in depths of between 20 to 30 fathoms.


Full Video 2 Min 20 Secs

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 Jetty Theatre 2013

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"British Silver Standard Award"

Won by John Westwood and Graham Bell. 

John was very experienced and became a good friend and helped me in many ways. 

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Sawtell Theatre 2011

"Coffs Harbour Story Part Two"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History of the Jetty

The building of the jetty and the harbour break walls. Then the massive job of building the "North Coast Railway". A number of Coffs Harbour Residents talk about how they saw these massive tasks. The small town grew into a city. It had a major Railway Station, Sea Port, Aerodrome and The Pacific Highway which linked Sydney and Brisbane.  

  

                             Video 57 min.     Preview 3 min.

"Coffs Harbour Story Part Two"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History of the Jetty

The building of the jetty and the harbour break walls. Then the massive job of building the "North Coast Railway". A number of Coffs Harbour Residents talk about how they saw these massive tasks. The small town grew into a city. It had a major Railway Station, Sea Port, Aerodrome and The Pacific Highway which linked Sydney and Brisbane.  

  

                             Video 57 min.     Preview 3 min.

"Coffs Harbour Story Part Two"

Australian History Video/ Topic: Coffs Harbour History of the Jetty

The building of the jetty and the harbour break walls. Then the massive job of building the "North Coast Railway". A number of Coffs Harbour Residents talk about how they saw these massive tasks. The small town grew into a city. It had a major Railway Station, Sea Port, Aerodrome and The Pacific Highway which linked Sydney and Brisbane.  

  

                             Video 57 min.     Preview 3 min.