Doddridge Blacksmith Shop launch



The Angaston & Penrice Historical Society is launching the A&H Doddridge Blacksmith Shop Cultural Tourism Enhancement Project on Friday 30 March from 5.30 pm.

Members of the public are invited to come and experience one of the few remaining main street smithies in South Australia. The heritage listed blacksmith’s shop at 19 Murray Street, Angaston is a working museum dedicated to the skills of the blacksmith. It is rich in history with over 130 years of blacksmithing at the site and many of the original tools and equipment on display.

The open night is also an occasion to launch a new short promotional video about the shop by award-winning digital filmmaker Ash Starkey. The engaging film which features interviews with Doddridge family members as well as volunteers tells the story of the building as well as the people who used it both in the past and the present.  It can be viewed here 

The project, which has been supported by The Barons of the Barossa, Angaston Management Group, Angaston Lions Club, Kerrie and Charles Kiefel, is aimed at enhancing this unique historic site’s tourism experience. The night will also launch the roof restoration appeal. Repairs to the stonework, gutters and down pipes began in 2009 but the now badly rusted roof urgently requires recladding with corrugated iron. 

This community project has enabled the Angaston & Penrice Historical Society achieve a number of successful outcomes, in particular allowing the heritage-listed building to be kept open to the public and maintained for the future.  The group have identified sources of information and material relating to the history of the Doddridge family and the Blacksmith Shop and been able to develop a consistent story for the guides to talk to visitors on their arrival.  They have worked with the Artist Blacksmiths Association of South Australia to teach novice blacksmiths the art and liaised with local teachers to develop a local history experience in Angaston.  In addition, the new film will be used to invite school groups to visit the blacksmith shop as well as learn what blacksmithing is and the important role blacksmiths played in the past.  It will also help to attract and train more volunteer blacksmiths and guides to be involved in the roster from 1-4 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.

The invitation to the launch and open night is open to the general public but RSVPs would be appreciated. Contact Trish Gransbury on (08) 8564 3222 or

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For those interested the digital film I produced on the A & H Doddridge Blacksmith Shop can be viewed here
Ash Starkey

just a quick comment, re hardy doddridge, he was never train as a blacksmith but was train in the trade of carriage maker, but took over the operation of the forge as the trade died, the last working blacksmith at the forge was george albert zinkler, i had long conversations with both of these tradesmen in the conversations with them the information was passed on, I personally work with burt zinkler in the old railway workshops at islington during my apprenticeship as a bl;acksmith, and became accustomed to his quality of workmanship in every aspect, some of the tooling and tongs at angston have alberts workmanship in them, if i can be of any help please contact me, john bambrick ex blacksmith SAR nas Sedan south aust
Thanks John, that's really interesting. I'll let the Angaston committee know.  And I'm sure the National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide would love to hear from you too
Joe Doddridge, a distant relative of Hardy Doddridge has this to say about Hardy and his training: Albert Charles (Bert) born  7/1 /1882 Died  10/ 6 /48 Hardy Bernhard Born  16/10/1885 died 1981 Hardy took over the BSS at the age of 16. probably left school at age 12 about 1897 and worked with his Dad and brother Bert for 4 years . until his father  passed away at a young age and Hardy was left to manage the shop at age 16 . He had at that time learned the trade of blacksmithing from his Father and older Brother for at least 4 years, a similar period of time as apprenticeships today. Were apprentices officially recognised as qualified trades men in the early 1900s or late 1800s I doubt it very much. But Hardy was recognised by his remaining family at that time as being capable of managing the business as the Village Blacksmith and continued to do so until his retirement at age 90 years. He passed away in 1981 at age 96.Hardy was regarded by all who knew him  as a master of his trade as the Village Blacksmith.Joe Doddridge, Angaston aged 91

Hi John  Read your post with interest.   I am the son of Bert Zinkler, James Zinkler.   I never knew he work for Doddridge.   If you want anymore info my email is'; // --> .    Dad was born at Moculta and I knew he worked for Linke at Nuuriootpa.   If interested can share what I know about Dad

James Zinkler

Hi James, that's fascinating.  I'll contact you direct by email and also put you in touch with the folk at the Angaston & Penrice Historical Society who run the Doddridge Blacksmith Shop who I'm sure will want to know more about your Dad's story.

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