Dudley is a southern coastal suburb of NewcastleNew South WalesAustralia, 13 kilometres (8 mi) southwest of Newcastle’s central business district on the eastern side of Lake Macquarie. It is part of the City of Lake Macquarie local government area.

Dudley started off as a mining town. Dudley developed into a suburb after World War II.

Dudley Public School
Dudley Public school opened in 1892 and has amongst its alumni two recipients of the Victoria Cross. In 1976, the Jeffries and Currey Memorial Library was opened by the Governor of New South WalesSir Roden Cutler, himself a VC, at Dudley Public School to honour the two ex-pupils who were decorated with the Victoria Cross during the First World WarClarence Jeffries and William Currey.[1]

Jeffries and Currey (who survived the war and later went on to become a member of the NSW parliament) are also memorialised on the school’s honour board which, in addition, records the names of the 93 other former pupils (of whom 19% were killed in action) who served in the First World War – a remarkable contribution given the small population of the school and the community in the early part of the 20th century.[2]


  1. “Jeffries and Currey Memorial Library”Jeffries and Currey Memorial Library. NSW Government. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
  2. “Dudley Public School Honour Board – WWI”Register of War Memorials in New South Wales. NSW Government. Retrieved 10 January 2012. “Ex-Pupils of the Dudley Public School Who Answered the Call”

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