Every year the Henry Lawson Festival Committee welcomes a special guest to join in the festivities. Over the years the festival has seen numerous influential and famous special guests.

Year Official Guest
2019 Inga Simpson – Author
2018 Alison Bell – Theatre and Television
2017 Tara Moss – Author, Journalist, TV Documentary Presenter
2016 Vanessa Grimm – News Presenter
2015 Roy Billing – Actor & Writer
2014 Mark Grentell – Director/Writer/Producer
2013 Chris Coleman – Broadcaster
2012 Dick Smith – Entrepreneur
2011 Gregory Bryan – Historian
2010 Juliettre Palmer-Frederick – Author
2009 Max Cullen – Actor
2008 Sandy Fussell – Author
2007 Hon Ian Armstrong OBE – National Party
2006 David Foster OAM – Wood Chopper
2005 Don McAlpine – Cinematographer
2004 Her Exec. Prof Marie Bashir AC – NSW Governor
2003 Alan Jones AO – Broadcaster
2002 Jan O’Neill (Lehane) – Tennis Star
2001 Colin Buchanan – Country Singer
2000 Peter Bensley – Actor
1999 Judy Nunn – Actor
1998 Paula Duncan AM – Actor
1997 Garry McDonald AO – Actor
1996 Dr Hilarie Lindsay OAM – Author
1995 Carol Willis – Camp Quality
1994 Geoff Lawson OAM – Cricketer
1993 Alan Moir – Cartoonist
1992 Leon Becker AM – Broadcaster
1991 Mike Hayes – Journalist
1990 Briget Goodwin – Film Maker
1989 Eric Rolls AM – Author
1988 Slim Dusty – Country Music Singer
1987 Di Morrissey – Author
1986 Thomas Keneally AO – Author
1985 Peter Lawson – Artist
1984 James Dibble AM – ABC News Reader
1983 Jennifer Murphy – Actor
1982 Peter Summer – Actor
1981 Malcolm Thompson – Actor
1980 Leonard Teale – Actor
1979 Steve Liebmann – Television Presenter
1978 Lorraine Bayly – Actor
1977 Clive Evatt QC – Labor Party
1976 Ted Roberts – Author
1975 John St Vincent Welch – Past Festival President
1974 Patrick White – Author
1973 Dr Hilarie Lindsay OAM – Author
1972 Hon George Freudenstein MLA – NSW Country Party
1971 Harold Goodwin – Founder of the Henry Lawson Festival
1970 Chuck Faulkner – Actor
1969 Leonard Teale – Actor
1968 Bill Peach – Television Personality
1967 Bertha Jago (Lawson) – Daughter of Henry Lawson
1966 Michael Sawtell – Author
1965 Neil Hutchison – ABC Television
1964 John Thompson – ABC Broadcaster
1963 Ald Harold Jensen – Lord Mayor of Sydney
1962 Eric Baume – Journalist
1961 Sir Eric Woodward KCVO – NSW Governor
1960 Olav Nordland – Norwegian Consul
1959 Hon Ray S Maher MLA – Labor NSW
1958 Prof Colin Roderick CBE – Author