By EMMA CORNFORD
WHEN Darrell Fisher discovered there were 2000 dairy farms in the Lower Clarence in the 1930s, he was intrigued.
So the former Waterview Heights resident decided to continue his research and last week presented the Clarence Valley Historical Society with his thesis on dairy industry tourism in the Clarence Valley.
"It involved speaking to hundreds of people including the dairy farmers today and the ones in their 80s who used to have farms and remember an awful lot about it all," Mr Fisher said.
"For the past two years I've been involved in questioning the tourists who passed through the tourism centres in Grafton and Maclean to see if they would be interested in dairy-based tourism and I came to the conclusion that there is a demand for these type of tours."
Mr Fisher's original research looked at the industry in the Valley from the 1840s to the present day and was the first comprehensive historical industry research in the area.