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Blue Plaques NSW

The Blue Plaques program brings to life the extraordinary people and events that have shaped the history of NSW.

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Betro Abicare (Abikhair)

Betro Abicare was a Lebanese immigrant, builder and entrepreneur who made a major contribution to the development of Albury’s commercial centre.

Betro Abicare

Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku was a champion Hawaiian swimmer and surfer. His dazzling demonstrations of wave-riding techniques at Freshwater and Dee Why Beaches in the Summer of 1914/15 are credited with popularising the sport of surfing in Australia.

Duke Kahanamoku

Caroline Chisholm

Caroline Chisholm was a pioneering humanitarian who fought to improve conditions for immigrant women and families. After discovering the NSW Government had no system to support new immigrants, Caroline met every incoming ship to offer help with employment and accommodation.

Caroline Chisholm

May Gibbs

May Gibbs is one of Australia’s best-known children’s authors and illustrators. Drawing inspiration from the Australian bush, May’s watercolours of gumnut babies, big bad banksia men, kangaroos and kookaburras shaped generations of children’s responses to nature.

May Gibbs

The Camden Red Cross sewing circles

The Camden Red Cross sewing circles played a vital role on the home front during World War I and World War II. The sewing circles attracted local women from across the district who used their skills to manufacture clothing and supplies for the war effort.

CAmden Sewing Circles

Brett Whiteley

Brett Whiteley is one of Australia’s most celebrated 20th-century artists. Some of his most famous works include Self portrait in the studio, winner of the Archibald Prize in 1976, and Interior With Time Past, winner of The Sulman Prize. Filled with brilliant blocks of colour, his most-loved paintings capture Lavender Bay on Sydney’s harbour in all its moods, white yachts bobbing on its surface.

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Women in history

Celebrate the lives of women who have played a vital role in shaping society and culture in New South Wales.

Lives of service

The Blue Plaques program commemorates those who have dedicated their lives to others.


From the ground up – building NSW

Explore some of the most iconic architectural influences in New South Wales.


Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage consists of places, traditions, beliefs, customs, values and objects that represent the living history of past Aboriginal generations and are of important cultural and heritage significance to Aboriginal people.

Aboriginal cultural knowledge provides crucial links between the past and present and represents an essential part of the identities of Aboriginal people and all Australians

More about Aboriginal cultural heritage

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Acknowledgement of Country

Heritage NSW acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout NSW and their deep and continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures, and to Elders past and present.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that our website may contain the images, voices and names of people who have passed away.