Everyone is invited to the official opening of the Slim Dusty Centre

Slim Dusty Centre

Everyone is invited to the Official Opening Ceremony!

Thursday November 19 at 1pm

“We’ve done us proud to come this far, Down through the years to where we are, Side by side, hand in hand, we’ve lived and died, For this great land, we’ve done us proud.” ‘We’ve Done Us Proud’ – written by Graeme Connors and recorded by Slim Dusty

The Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey is inviting members of the public and media to attend the Official Opening Ceremony on Thursday November 19 at 1pm, joining the distinguished guests, country music community, locals and tourists to celebrate the life and music of Slim Dusty AO MBE as the Centre is officially opened by Joy McKean OAM.

Ray Hadley OAM will be the MC for the Opening Ceremony that will run from 1pm for an hour on the grassed area in front of the Slim Dusty Centre, in Slim’s hometown of Kempsey. The Ceremony will include Slim’s family – wife Joy McKean, daughter Anne Kirkpatrick and son David Kirkpatrick – and special guest performances including a beautiful rendition of one of Slim’s most famous recordings ‘We’ve Done Us Proud’ by its composer Graeme Connors and the West Kempsey Primary School Choir, and other yet to be announced performances.

Key members of the country music community have already shown their collective support for the day with artists including Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley, Graeme Connors and Adam Harvey already confirmed to attend this historic occasion*.

The Slim Dusty Centre includes a Museum, a Travelling Exhibition Gallery, a Visitors Centre, a retail shop called The General Store, a Function Centre and the Dusty’s Dinner Camp Café, and will be operating as usual on November 19. The Centre is for schoolchildren, adults, fans, locals, international visitors, catering to all manner of ages and backgrounds, because in addition to being a tribute to the Country Music Icon, it helps to tell the story of Australia and its history.

Ahead of the official Opening Ceremony, the Slim Dusty Centre very successfully opened its doors to the public on October 17, with an average of more than 200 people per day visiting the multi purpose facility during the first week. Visitors came from all over Australia, including Mt Isa, WA, Broken Hill, Brisbane, Victoria and New Zealand, and had only positive things to say.

To coincide with the opening of the Slim Dusty Centre, EMI Music will release a new Slim Dusty album, ‘The Den Tapes’. Released on November 13, the new album features 10 recently unearthed recordings and represent the last known unreleased songs by Slim. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digital and is available to pre-order now: http://SlimDusty.lnk.to/TheDenTapes.

The official Opening Ceremony follows the 12th annual Slim Dusty Country Music Festival held at the historic showgrounds, with numbers at the main concert for the 2015 week long event up by an estimated 25%.

*With high numbers of people coming to celebrate this historic day, members of the public are advised to pack a chair.

Slim Dusty Centre – 490 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey

The Museum is open daily from 10am-4pm, 7 days a week


For further information please contact: Valerie MacIver valerie.maciver@vmpr.com.au or 02 9415 1424