IT’S time for Nundle’s native history to be recognised, says a group of dedicated locals.
The Nundle District Aboriginal Memorial Group is preparing to unveil a small plaque in honour of the region’s Indigenous history, later this month.
It’s a project which has been about two years in the making.
“It’s time to do something,” secretary Carol Lesley said.
“The Chinese have got a memorial down there from the gold days, the Aboriginals would have been here well before that, so it’s time.”
The plaque will be unveiled on Saturday, June 30 at 11am, in the “grounds of the museum” and will be part of the town’s historical walk.
The group’s chairwoman and local historian Sue Pickrell said it was the culmination of a long process and it would be an honour to have the plaque installed in town.
“It largely came from research I’ve been doing for 25 years just trying to understand the community and how it fitted together,” Mrs Pickrell said.
The Chinese have got a memorial down there from the gold days, the Aboriginals would have been here well before that, so it’s time.- Carol Lesley
“From the Nundle heritage and history group, we’d been recording local people’s stories for a couple of years and one day a I just said to myself, ‘there’s a whole layer of population that’s missing’.”
She said it was important to have the plaque as part of the town’s historic walk.
“We have a lot of tourism here,” she said.
“Tourism really is what keeps this town going.
“It’s on the historic walk so it will become seen.”
Mrs Pickrell was unsure what the Nundle group’s next project would be.
“This was the major project to get finished,” she said.
Mrs Lesley said the group might look for more funding for seating at the site.
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