Artists at last month's Gympie Muster also paid tribute to Slim, pictured performing at the festival.
Artists at last month's Gympie Muster also paid tribute to Slim, pictured performing at the festival. CONTRIBUTED

Slim Dusty remembered 10 years on by those closest to him

SLIM Dusty's legacy continues to live on in music, a decade after his death.

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the singer's passing, and his widow Joy McKean says visitors still come to see the house where he grew up in Kempsey, NSW.

"There are people nearly every day of the week that come out to see Slim's old house," she told APN.

"I was at the gate one day and a 4WD rolled up that had four people from Denmark who had come up here to see where Slim Dusty came from.

"It's so amazing that people still hold him so close to them. I'm very grateful for that."

Slim Dusty's wife Joy McKean and daughter Anna Kirkpatrick on the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Guitars.
Slim Dusty's wife Joy McKean and daughter Anna Kirkpatrick on the red carpet at the 2011 Golden Guitars. Adam Hourigan

McKean hopes today's 10th anniversary will draw attention to the Slim Dusty Centre in the singer's home town of Kempsey .

The Slim Dusty Foundation still needs to raise $2.31 million to complete the centre, which will house a multi-media exhibition.

"I'm desperate to keep the collection together and have it here in Kempsey," she said.

"I don't want to have to give up and say ok they can split it up.

"It will also be a cultural centre for the whole of the Mid North Coast. There's nowhere here to hold big conferences. It will also have a community radio station, which will be a training area for students."

ABC Radio has been hosting a digital Slim Dusty station all this week in celebration of the bush balladeer.

"Technology has changed so much from when we first went out on the road carrying a huge tape recorder," McKean said.

"We used to send tapes back to our radio show in Sydney to be played on the Saturday night. Oh how things have changed now with downloading and streaming."

McKean will spend today at home on her property at Nulla Creek, outside of Kempsey.

"I'll be looking down to Yellow Gully that Slim used to sing about," she said.

"The old home is just down the road from where I've got the new place, and I'll tell you what. The Slim Dusty Roses (orange rose named after the singer) I've planted in the garden are blooming. They have beautiful blossoms."

Celebrating Slim Dusty on ABC Extra is available online and through the ABC radio app.



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