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Rich NSW Heritage recognised with first publicly nominated Blue Plaques

Monday, 18 April 2022

Memorable people, events and stories from NSW are being celebrated, with the first 17 Blue Plaque recipients announced from the initial round of public nominations.

Minister for Heritage James Griffin said the NSW Blue Plaques program is similar to the program in the United Kingdom, and provides an opportunity to celebrate the noteworthy people and stories that helped to shape the state.

"It's incredibly exciting to see so many diverse stories from around the state come to light through the Blue Plaques program," Mr Griffin said.

"This initiative is all about recognising the eclectic characters, personalities and important public figures that have made or become part of the history and fabric of our state.

"These 17 people, moments or stories that I'm announcing today were all nominated by their local communities.

"Remarkable stories have been uncovered, like that of Bessie Robinson, who advocated for quality public education in her community while building the foundations of the town of Canowindra. You can still see her work in the town today."

Other successful nominations include aviator Nancy Bird Walton, artist Brett Whiteley, performers, authors and history makers from around the state.

The initiative is part of a $5 million heritage program, funded by the NSW Government.

The NSW public will be invited to nominate additional noteworthy people, stories and events later this year.

These 17 Blue Plaques will be installed at sites during the second half of 2022.

For more information, visit the Blue Plaques page

Image credit: A portion of Brett Whiteley's Self Portrait in the Studio, 1976 (winner, Archibald Prize, 1977) - State Library of NSW.