Community based heritage studies and histories

Community based heritage studies have been carried out for Maclean, Grafton and Copmanhurst and a study is currently underway for the former Nymboida and Ulmarra Shires. You are invited to add historical information, upload photos or other documents and pin sites on the map. You do need to register on the site first.

Council has carried out extensive Community Based Heritage Studies for three areas of the Clarence Valley and the Thematic Histories and Final Study Reports are available for download. These studies cover the former Copmanhurst Shire, Grafton City and Maclean Shire areas.

The first part of carrying out a Heritage study requires a Thematic History. This provides the main historical 'story' of the area and how it developed with reference to settlement, government, farming, mining, fishing, tourism, education, religion and recreation.

The Thematic Histories provide the foundation of the heritage listings in these areas. The Final Study Reports outline the main findings of the items discovered and researched during the study and recommended measures for their protection.
There is also a detailed database of every heritage item and also places which were researched but not listed.   Information on items in the former Copmanhurst, Grafton City and Maclean Council areas can be downloaded from theDepartment of Planning's Heritage Branch State Heritage Inventory.

To find a heritage item click on the ‘Search for Heritage’ link, then click on the ‘Search the State Heritage Inventory’ link.  In the search tool select Clarence Valley Council in the Local Government Area field and click on the ‘Search’ button under the data entry fields. All items are listed in alphabetical order by locality within the Clarence Valley LGA. 

Copmanhurst Community Based Heritage Study

Grafton Community Based Heritage Study

Maclean Community Based Heritage Study

Nymboida - Ulmarra Community Based Heritage Study

More detailed Historical information can also be found from the library, local historical societies and Clarence Tourism website.

Alumy Creek School Museum 465 Lawrence Rd  Alumy Creek  - Open by appointment  Tel 0409 264 289
Clarence Regional Library       
Clarence  River Historical Society (Schaeffer House)     
Glenreagh Memorial Museum,  62 Coramba Street,  Glenreagh,  02 66492139       
Lawrence Museum, 2 Merton Street, Lawrence  02 66477588   
Maclean District Historical Society                  
Port of Yamba Historical Society        
Sisters of Mercy Heritage Room and Garden, Cnr Victoria and Villiers Streets, Grafton Open by appointment  Tel 66421133  
Squatters Rest Private Museum, 22 Collete's Street Tucabia   Open by appointment  Tel 66448076  
The Shed Gallery, 12 Unwins Rd, Goodwood Island - Open 7 Days by appointment 02 66464319          

For further enquires please contact Deborah Wray  Senior Strategic Planner on 66430271.

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