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The culmination of 18 months work involving Cosmos Archaeology Pty Ltd. and Clarence Valley Council has come to fruition with the announcement that a community based heritage study covering the former Nymboida and Ulmarra Shires has been placed on public exhibition.
Similar studies of the Grafton, Maclean and Copmanhurst former Council areas have previously been carried out. The Ulmarra Nymboida study area is the final part of the Clarence Valley to be explored.
The study has been undertaken with valuable input from residents with a keen interest in the area including well known custodians of local history Roy Bowling of Tucabia-Ulmarra, Leonie Roberts in relation to Eatonsville, Kevin Watkins of Ulmarra and Elizabeth (Bessie) Webb from Glenreagh. A series of public workshops were held and individual sessions held with community members to gather historic photos, stories and information.
Council’s Senior Strategic and Heritage planner Deborah Wray, said “The study has identified over 100 places which tell us of the early European settlement of the area. This includes the gold mining days at Dalmorton, Ulmarra as an important nineteenth century river port with a substantial dairy and agricultural industry, hydro power and coal mining at Nymboida and, Glenreagh’s timber and rail heritage.”
“Unusual items include a ‘Slovenski’s statue in Yuraygir National Park, which is a larger than life statue of the late Lithuanian trapeze artist Jonaas Zilinskas built in 1956 and the community built mud brick hall at Dundarrabin,” Ms Wray added.
The scope of this study does not extend to Aboriginal Cultural Heritage which is undertaken separately.
The study area covers 7000 square kilometres and stretches from the coast and villages of Sandon, Diggers Camp, Minnie Water and Wooli, to inland villages of Ulmarra, Coutts Crossing, and Glenreagh, and the rural areas of Nymboida, Dalmorton, Tyringham, Dundarrabin, Jackadgery, and Seelands.
The study can be viewed on Council’s website. Submissions are invited and any additional information is welcome to be provided to document the history of the area. Submissions close on 24 December 2019.