History of the Corn Dolly
Corn Dolly making is an ancient craft going back thousands of years, when it was thought that a spirit lived in the cornfields. To preserve this spirit at harvest time, and ensure the success of next year's harvest, a corn dolly was made for it to rest in.
Nowadays, the Corn Dolly is a decorative symbol of peace and prosperity in the home throughout the year.
The Koorda Shire adopted the Corn Dolly The Simple Countryman's Favour as the Shire Emblem in 1974 at the suggestion of Councillor Colin Cooke.
The art of Corn Dolly making was first brought to Koorda by Mr Frank Lodge in 1911, from his home county of Durham in England; and since 1982 has been promoted by the local Corn Dolly Festival in September of each year.
Workshops in Corn Dolly making are conducted by the local Agricultural Society. During November, usually the last weekend, when the local wheat crops are just right for plaiting, another workshop is conducted with local tuition.
Details re workshops can be obtained by contacting -
Mrs Lesley McNee (08) 9682 1025
Mrs Dorothy Crogan (08) 9684 1259
Wheat for Corn Dolly making can be obtained from almost all farmers in the district in November each year - depending upon the seasonal conditions. Mrs Lesley McNee has grown wheat especially for the craft, and orders are welcome for November / December delivery.