Save the Doddridge Blacksmith Shop
$14,530 of $100,000 goal
So please dig deep, also share this to everyone you know. If you would like to donate in person, drop in at the Blacksmith on the weekend.
Doddridge's Blacksmith Shop is open from 1-4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
The A&H Doddridge Blacksmith Shop is a heritage listed blacksmith’s shop located at 19 Murray Street, Angaston SA. This working museum has over 130 years of blacksmithing at the site and many of the original tools and equipment are on display.
Built in 1876 and located in the main street of Angaston. Hardy and brother Bert were third generation Doddridges working this Blacksmith Shop. In 1965, when in his eighties, Hardy shod his last horse. He kept working other parts of the ‘smithy’ until the 1970s. Doddridge’s Blacksmith Shop shod cart and riding horses, and made wrought iron for carts, buggies, ploughs and tools. Blacksmith shops were an essential part of rural life and this is one of the very few remaining main street ‘smithies’ in South Australia. It is an extremely significant vernacular industrial building. After Hardy’s death in 1981, the people of the district purchased the smithy’s equipment to keep the collection together. The Blacksmith Shop is run by volunteers.
Still, we need to continue to campaign to raise funds, so please keep spreading the word. Once again thank you so very much for all your support.
I have told many people about this situation, that people can make a difference as a community, and some who simply take a negative approach to so many areas relating to heritage make no difference. These people don't really want to take action or will look at issues in so many negative ways. They are also people I do have a lot of sympathy with. Well done to everyone who helped out in this situation.