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On this website, you can explore more than 24 major NSW heritage sites. These are as diverse as Susannah Place, a row of working class houses in The Rocks, the small Chinese Yiu Ming Temple in Alexandria, the Grace Building, associated with the 1920s retail boom and General Douglas Macarthur's World War II Sydney headquarters, the Randwick Ritz Cinema, one of the few surviving examples of the hundreds of cinemas which were built during the 1930s, Willandra Lakes, a unique region containing Pleistocene archaeological records that demonstrate continuous human occupation of the area for at least 40,000 years.

A Gallery of Heritage places

Australian Hall

Australian Hall - 150-152 Elizabeth Street, Sydney
Venue for the first national Aboriginal civil rights gathering - the 'Day of Mourning and Protest' conference - on the 26 January 1938.

Cowra Prisoner of War Campsite

Cowra POW Campsite - Evans Street, Cowra
The site of the only military land engagement on the Australian mainland during World War II.

Sydney Customs House

Sydney Customs House - 45 Alfred Street, Sydney
A symbolic reminder of the First Fleet landing and the importance of Circular Quay as the original maritime centre for the colony.


Dundullimal Homestead - Obley Road, Dubbo
The oldest house in this part of New South Wales, undergoing few alterations since the time of its construction around1842.

Eveleigh Rail Yards

Eveleigh Railway Workshops - Great Southern and Western Railway, Redfern, Sydney
A unique railway engineering workplace comprising late 19th century and early 20th century forge installations and collections of crane and power systems.

Sydney Government House

Sydney Government House - Macquarie Street, Bennelong Point, Sydney
A castellated Gothic house that symbolised British authority in the colony and reflects the changes in private and public life in Australia.

Grace Building

Grace Building - 77-79 York Street, Sydney
A building associated with the retail boom of the 1920s, the Great Depression and the World War II presence of United States military forces in Australia.

Kelly's Bush

Kelly's Bush - Nelson Parade, Hunters Hill, Sydney
The site of the first green ban imposed on building development in Sydney on 18 June 1971, the first green ban anywhere in the world.

Lithgow Blast Furnace

Lithgow Blast Furnace - Inch Street, Lithgow
A site that represents the growth of a workplace which is now the only remaining relic of Australia�s iron-making industry.

Murtawintji National Park

Mutawintji National Park - 130 km north-west of Broken Hill
An important cultural site and ceremonial place for Aboriginal people in far- western New South Wales that includes over three hundred recorded archaeological sites dating from 8000 years ago.

New Italy

New Italy - 2 New Italy Road, New Italy via Woodburn
A site that pays tribute to the courage and strength of Italian pioneering families in this area and tells the story of over 200 years of Italian migration to Australia.

Parramatta Park

Parramatta Park - O'Connell Street, Parramatta, Sydney
A site associated with early European settlement of rural Australia, the extension of colonisation and continuity of the Darug culture.

Richmond Main Colliery

Richmond Main Colliery - South Maitland Coalfields, Kurri Kurri
A colliery that represents the establishment of the South Maitland coalfields and the development of communities and transport networks to support the mining industry.

Ritz Theatre

Ritz - 43 St Paul�s Street, Randwick, Sydney
One of the few surviving examples of the hundreds of cinemas which were built in (where) during the 1930s.

Rookwood Cemetery and Necropolis

Rookwood Cemetery and Necropolis - East Street, Lidcombe, Sydney
One of the largest burial grounds in the world and a place that documents the cultural and religious diversity of the Australian community since 1867.

Rose Seidler House

Rose Seidler House - 69-71 Clissold Road, Wahroonga, Sydney
A mid-twentieth century home demonstrating many features of Modernist art, architecture, design theory and practice.

Susannah Place

Susannah Place - 58-64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney
A row of working class houses that have undergone few alterations since 1844 and demonstrate people�s lives, tastes and circumstances over this time.

Sydney Town Hall

Sydney Town Hall - 483 George Street, Sydney
A place associated with the people and events contributing to the social, cultural and political life of Sydney since 1889.

Sydney Trades Hall

Sydney Trades Hall - 4-10 Goulburn Street, Sydney
A site linked to the history of the Union Movement in New South Wales, one of the first formalised union movements in the world.


Tranby - 13 Mansfield Street, Glebe, Sydney
The first and only independent, Aboriginal controlled adult education centre in Australia and the scene of a number of key issues in indigenous activism.

Walter Burley Incinerator and Fishwick House

Walter Burley Griffin Incinerator - 2 Small Street, Willoughby
Walter Burley Griffin Fishwick house - 15 Citadel, Castlecrag, Sydney

The most celebrated of the Griffin houses in Castlecrag.

Griffin and his wife Marion Mahoney both worked in the office of Frank Lloyd Wright. Griffin's work is a striking example of the way that aspects of an important modern architectural philosophy and its aesthetics - that of Chicago's "Prairie School" - came to Australia.

Willandra Lakes

Willandra Lakes - 120 km north of Balranald
A unique region containing Pleistocene archaeological records that demonstrate continuous human occupation of the area for at least 40,000 years.

Yiu Ming Temple

Yiu Ming Temple - 16-22 Retreat Street, Alexandria, Sydney
One of a small number of Chinese temples in Australia considered locally and internationally important, as many village temples in China no longer exist.

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