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Billagoe (Mount Drysdale) listed on State Heritage Register

Monday, 14 February 2022

An important multi-layered cultural landscape illustrating the shared history of NSW is now protected for generations to come.

Billagoe (Mount Drysdale) is an important multi-layered cultural landscape illustrating the shared history of NSW. Heritage Minister James Griffin was on site to announce Billagoe’s listing as a Cultural Landscape on the State Heritage Register, ensuring its protection for generations to come.
Located in central northern NSW, Billagoe has a strong spiritual association with the Ngemba-Ngiyampaa-Wangaaybuwan-Wayilwan people and the ancestral figure Baiame, a creator of kinship rules, ceremony, landscapes and resources. It is significant for its rare indigenous archaeology linked to ceremony, trade and exchange, including occupation sites, rock wells, and an axe manufacturing quarry.
The shared history is evident in the 19th - early 20th century gold mining infrastructure and village, including a cemetery, Aboriginal police tracker’s camp and Chinese market garden. This early indigenous – and later shared – history was made possible by the varied methods of water storage in an arid landscape.
Photo: Minister Griffin with landowner