Historical information

This booklet aims to give a brief outline of Port Fairy’s history for the benefit of visitors. Port Fairy was an early sealing and whaling town with white settlement established by 1836. As the port and shipping declined so did the town until its reinvigoration in the mid 20th century as a tourist town and the home of the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival


The book is of use as a quick reference to Port Fairy history.

Physical description

This is a booklet of 48 pages. It contains printed material, black and white photographs and a map. The front cover has a black and white image of the Port Fairy lighthouse.

Inscriptions & markings

Front Cover: ‘Life Before Folkie, A Visitors’ History of Port Fairy, David R. Jones’