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Hill End Historic Site buildings conservation

A gold mining site since the 1850s, Hill End Historic Site is listed on the State Heritage Register for its cultural, scientific, and social value to generations of Australians. Located approximately 300km north-west of Sydney, Hill End is the focus of an ongoing conservation and adaptive re-use program to safeguard its valuable history.

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Built over a gold-bearing quartz seam, Hill End experienced its glory days during the 1870s, when the population swelled enormously. Though this rush was short-lived, the town accrued a remarkable collection of buildings, archaeological sites, and gold mining remains. After WWII, it also became a popular destination for well-known Sydney artists such as Margaret Olley and Russell Drysdale. The current population is around 120, with 66 historic structures still standing.

Over the past 45 years, NSW National Parks has carried out a program of conservation works to safeguard these structures for future Australians. In 2010, a Master Plan was developed to provide direction for the ongoing management and revitalisation of Hill End Historic Site. Most recently, this has led to the conservation of structures like the post office residence and post office stables. These types of conservation works provide an enhanced tourism experience and promote the heritage significance of places like Hill End.

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Royal Hotel, Hill End Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer