The Davidson Whaling Station Historic Site (DWSHS), located on the shores of the Kiah Inlet at Twofold Bay on the south coast of NSW, is a hidden gem.
Close to the port town of Eden, DWSHS was the longest-operating shore-based whaling station in Australia and the last of its type to close down. The site itself is located in a remote region that is not highly accessible, and with amazing views of Twofold Bay—through Kiah inlet toward Eden—it is stunningly beautiful.
On a visit to DWSHS one would find an old timber house which was once home to George Davidson and his family. This house, called Loch Garra, and its surrounding gardens hold within themselves such an interesting history, one that involves many stories that play an important role of the development of the area.
Amongst these stories is the history of whaling, and, coupled with the “Killers of Eden”, it is the most vital story to be told within this region, and DWSHS is the most significant site within this story.
So what is it that makes this site so interesting and significant?
Remarkably, this is the only site in the whole world where there is documented evidence of Killer Whales helping humans hunt other whales. The relationship that the Davidson’s had with the Killer whales is baffling, and, passed down from the native Thawa people, this practice aided the Davidson’s and is also what may have lead to their demise as whalers.
This relationship, forged by the “law of the tongue”, whereby the Killer Whales were allowed to eat the tongues of the hunted whales as reward for their help, is so unique, and amazing at the same time. Coupled with the amazing backdrop of Two-fold Bay, it is astounding to think that so many people would never visit, or understand this site.
At Doppio we are glad to announce that we will be working closely with Godden Mackay Logan and National Parks and Wildlife Service to develop an interpretation plan and strategy for this site.
By implementing a more focused interpretation plan we hope to create a more immersive experience for visitors to the site, and to help more people understand the history of whaling in the region, and hopefully uncover this hidden paradise.