IT would be hard to find someone who loves Alstonville more than Dorothy Crawford.

Her ancestors were pioneers of the village, and have lived there continuously since 1867. In fact the family is such a big part of the community's history that Crawford House, Dorothy's childhood home, is now Alstonville's museum.

Dorothy, 94, is particularly pleased that this year's official Australia Day celebrations will be held in her village.

"I remember previous Australia Day events here, but there hasn't been one for a while," she said.

"It's going to be great.

"I have travelled all over the world and seen a lot of different places, but give me Australia any day. Give me the North Coast and give me Alstonville.

"I think Australia Day is a great time to remember how fortunate we are.

"We are free. We live in a relatively safe country."

Dorothy Crawford, 94, of Alstonville, has lived in the village for her whole live, and her family were pioneers in the 1860s. Photo Rebecca Lollback / The Northern Star
Dorothy Crawford, 94, of Alstonville, has lived in the village for her whole live, and her family were pioneers in the 1860s. Photo Rebecca Lollback / The Northern Star Rebecca Lollback

Dorothy says her grandfather and father loved Australia and in particular the Alstonville area; and that connection to the village has carried through generations of Crawfords.

"My grandfather originally came from northern Ireland," she said.

"When he saw Alstonville, which was at that time covered in sub-tropical rainforest, he immediately applied for 150 acres of land.

"It was his dream.

"We are very lucky, that's for sure."



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