Frederick Moore

Fred Moore was born in Cobar, NSW on September 5, 1922 and moved to Dapto with his wife and three children in 1952. They moved into what was then Musgrave Street (now Heininger Street) and Fred still resides there today.

Through his work in the mines and trade unions, Fred has become iconic in the area and is often called upon when it comes to researching and writing local history. He co-wrote At the Coalface  and Back at the Coalface, publications taking an historical look at the local mining industry and has been made a lifetime member of the South Coast Trades and Labor Council.

Around the streets of Dapto, Fred is a well known figure and can be seen regularly, chatting with locals and discussing politics and social issues with shop keepers and community members.

Listen to Fred’s Interview

Part 1: 

In this interview Fred recalls arriving in Dapto and talks about what life was like in the early 1950s. He remembers the old Heininger farm, fishing in Mullet Creek, shopping at Fairley’s and the day the ‘circus came to town’.

Part 2: 

Fred tells us about working in the local mines  … the camaraderie , the dangers and the union support that resulted in many of the better conditions experienced by today’s miners.

Part 3: 

In this interview Fred tells us about the plight of the local Indigenous community and the involvement of the Unions in forming the Aboriginal Advancement League. This unified group of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians worked together for many years on the south coast to address inequality.

Fred’s audio interviews can be downloaded here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Fred’s interview transcripts  – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.


Heininger farm – Fairley’s – Mullet Creek – Circus – Crystal’s – Courthouse – Mining – Dapto Courthouse – Dapto 1950s – Nebo – Mt Kembla – Mining Federation – Wongawilli – Indigenous Community – Unions – Aboriginal Rights – Aboriginal Advancement League – 1961 – Aunty Mary Davis – Joe Howe – Coomaditchie – Referendum – The Strong South – Bakehouse 

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Fred’s photo album

Fred Moore mural, Ribbonwood centre, 2006

A mural painting of Fred at Dapto Ribbonwood Centre, 2006


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