Cobargo District Museum

Wooden Cheese-making Vat

The Story

Currently we are researching how the vat was constructed and used. It is presumed a metal “jacket” of some sort was placed inside the wooden structure. It was uncommon in Australia to have cheese made in a purely wooden vat.

Location: The vat is part of the Cobargo District Museum and is on permanent display.

History: The vat was donated to the Cobargo District Museum by Mr Oliver Green. It had been stored at his family’s Coolagolite property named “Greendale”. Coolagolite is a rural district a few kilometres east of Cobargo on the Cobargo-Bermagui Road.


Dairy Industry in Bega Valley

Cobargo local Dairy industry

CHEESE MAKING in Cobargo district


Significance to Cobargo and the Bega Valley


Settling and developing the region:


Family – Blacka – 1862 Mimosa Banks

Green - 1882

Pastoralism in the Bega Valley:

Dairy Industry:


Home cheese making


Shipping from Bermagui

Bullock Teams to Bermagui

Photo: Bullock Horns – Tarlinton heavy horse teams

Related Objects

Bega Cheese Factory Museum – there is a similar but much newer vat on display at this venue.

Coolagolite School

Associated References:

Newspaper BDN

Booklet: Manchester Unity – 100 years in Cobargo 1882 – 1982 written by Mr Ray Sawtell

Text and photographs prepared by and property of Cobargo District Museum Inc.

Contributors to this “library”: Beverly Holland, March 2019.

Acknowledgements, Rights and Permissions: Acknowledgement of Cobargo District Museum Inc. and Beverly Holland. © Cobargo District Museum Inc. All rights reserved

© Cobargo District Museum Inc. All rights reserved

Image by DoubleTake Photographics licensed to South Coast History Society, and courtesy Cobargo District Museum Inc.

This Bega Shire Hidden Heritage project has been made possible by the NSW Government through its Heritage Near Me program.

Any further information about object and any associated histories will be GREATLY welcomed and will be added to the above library of information. Please email your contribution to


52 Princes Highway Cobargo NSW 2550