State government support to explore South Orange’s indigenous history

By August 17, 2018Museum, News

Orange City Council has picked up state government support to lift the lid on little known stories from Orange’s indigenous history.

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless has announced that Orange will benefit from a $66,351.90 grant to enable research about a Depression-era settlement known as The Springs in South Orange.

Mr Colless said the NSW Government’s Heritage Near Me Local Strategic Project funding would go towards archeological work at The Springs, which was occupied by Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families during the early decades of the 20th century.

“The area was cleared by the Council in 1936 and represents the cooperation between communities throughout this period.  The site contains remnants from the original 20th century settlement including historic hut foundations and other moveable heritage items,” Mr Colless said.

“As Orange grows, residents and tourists want to know more about the town’s history and heritage. This project will aim to connect the community with the history behind the Aboriginal fringe camp which lived here in Orange from 1920-40s.

“This funding will go towards community consultation, an oral history recording, archeological assessment and historical research.  A heritage study and Conservation Management Plan will also be undertake to help develop a heritage landscape plan to guide the ongoing use and development of the site.

Members of Orange indigenous community visited The Springs with Mr Colless for the funding announcement.

Community nleaders gather for hte funding announcementSUPPORT : Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless is pictured at The Springs along with Orange Lands Council member Ronny Leonard, Lands Council staff member, Collette Vincent, Council staff member Donna Monaghan and Orange City Council member Cr Stephen Nugent

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