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Blue Plaques NSW

The Blue Plaques program aims to capture public interest and fascination in key personalities, events and places that are important to the stories of NSW.

In June 2021, the NSW Government announced this new program to foster curiosity in our heritage by recognising the personalities, historical events and places that matter to communities.

The Blue Plaques will encourage people to explore their neighbourhood and other parts of NSW, connecting with the amazing people, historical moments and stories that have shaped our state. The plaques will bring many of these histories and stories alive and engender a shared sense of belonging, identity and connection. In a post-COVID world, focusing on our local communities and nearby surroundings has never been more important.

About the program

“Behind every plaque, there is a story.”

The essence of the Blue Plaques program is the storytelling. A digital story will be linked to each plaque.

The Blue Plaques should tell stories that are interesting, fun, quirky along with more sombre stories that should be not be forgotten as part of our history. They will be inclusive of all cultures and should connect us with people, events and places that involve, for example (but not limited to):

  • Aboriginal people, heritage, culture
  • early European settlement
  • migrant heritage
  • social movements and change
  • wartime history
  • industrial advancements
  • arts and culture
  • sport
  • historic events that have shaped the story of your area and NSW
  • and stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things (your local heroes)

The first round of Blue Plaques nominations has now closed

For the first round, the then Minister responsible for Heritage invited all Members of Parliament and Members of the Legislative Council to consult with their constituents across NSW to nominate people, events and stories associated with a place to be considered for Blue Plaques.

  • Media release - Original call out for Blue Plaque nominations to celebrate our state's heritage
  • Media release - Extension to call out for Blue Plaque nominations

We've received a great response from across NSW! All of the nominations are now being reviewed. 

Information about what was eligible for the first round:

Next year there will be additional opportunities to nominate Blue Plaques.  

If you would like to receive a notification closer to the time, please email us to join the mailing list.

In the meantime, if you have more ideas for Blue Plaques, we encourage you to talk to others in your neighbourhood and local community about:

  • who are the colourful, creative, innovative individuals who shaped your region?
  • what are the stories that the people of NSW should hear?
  • what important historical events happened in your local area?
  • what is the interesting backstory about the person, group or event relating to the plaque?
  • where could the plaque be placed? (Must be a publicly visible and safe position.)
  • who else do you need to consult about telling the story?
  • whose permission would you need to install a plaque at that location?
  • is the building or structure heritage listed? (Check here. The place does not need to be heritage-listed. However, if it is, heritage approvals may be needed to install the plaque).

More information

The Blue Plaques program is part of a $5 million heritage engagement program funded by the NSW Government. Heritage NSW administers this program. This initiative is inspired by the Blue Plaques program in the UK.

If you have any enquiries or wish to join the mailing list, contact us at blueplaques@dpc.nsw.gov.au