Smokey Dawson resting place overlooking Tamworth

There are plans to take the ashes of Smoky Dawson and his wife Dot to the country music capital, Tamworth.

Plans are underway to take the ashes of Australian country music legend, Smoky Dawson and his wife Dot, to Tamworth.

Australia's "first cowboy" has been sitting quietly on the Dawson family mantle-shelf for three-and-a-half years, but now looks set to find freedom in the place he loved the most, Tamworth.

The singer passed away in 2008, aged 94.

He was followed two years later by his beloved wife, Dot, who died at the age of 104.

Now, Smoky's family, and the Smoky Dawson Memorial Committee, want to scatter the couple's ashes at the Oxley Lookout, above Tamworth, where the pair played for decades to their country music fans.

A plaque would be placed there, to honour the pair's remarkable contribution to Australian country music.

Smoky Dawson rose to fame after World War Two with his radio show, The Adventures of Smoky Dawson.

His hillbilly music, steel guitar and yodelling, earned him a Golden Guitar in 1988, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005.