The Yass Valley is rich in both European and Aboriginal cultural heritage.
Residents of Hollywood on the occasion of Bishop Young's visit in 1952
The Yass Valley has traditionally been inhabited by the Aboriginal Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri Tribes. The Ngunnawal tribe covered the area which is present day Canberra, and also extends into the majority of the Yass Valley area. Wiradjuri covered a large portion of NSW, but only a small part within the western edge of the present day Yass Valley LGA. Yass Valley Council therefore acknowledges the traditional owners of the land - the Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri.
The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is responsible for managing places of Aboriginal significance in NSW. Further information on matters of Aboriginal heritage can be sourced from their website.
European settlement of the Yass Valley began as early as the 1820's, following expeditions by Hume and Hovell, and Throsby and Wild. Land throughout the Yass Valley was settled relatively early due to its location on the road to Port Phillip (Melbourne), as well as the agricultural quality of the land, proximity to - and being on route to the NSW and Victorian Gold Rushes.
Items of State Heritage Significance within the Yass Valley are listed under the NSW Heritage Act. Details of these items can be accessed on the NSW Heritage Branch website.
Heritage Items and Conservation Areas
A Heritage Schedule of Local individual items and Conservation Areas for Binalong, Bowning, Gundaroo and Yass is included within the Yass Valley LEP 2013.
Yass Valley Council offers a free heritage advisory service (jointly funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage). Pip Giovanelli is the Yass Valley Council Heritage Advisor. He is available for appointments on the following dates:
- 21st March 2017
- 18th April 2017
- 16th May 2017
- 20th June 2017
- 18th July 2017
- 22nd August 2017
- 19th September 2017
- 17th October 2017
- 21st November 2017
- 12th December 2017
For more information regarding this service and any heritage inquiries please contact Council's Strategic Planning Division.
- Listed as a Heritage Item in Schedule 5 of the Yass Valley Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2013;
- Included in a Heritage Conservation Area in the Yass Valley LEP 2013; or
- Supported by Council’s Heritage Advisor as being of heritage significance.
- The NSW Heritage Branch has a Conservation Products & Services Directory which contains firms and specialist trades providing a range of heritage supplies and services across NSW
- Yass Valley Council Heritage Trades Directory lists local tradespeople and companies who provide heritage products and services within the Yass Valley.
- Ian Evans' Website - Caring for and Restoring your Old House
- The Australian Garden History Society website promotes knowledge of historic gardens and research into their history
- The Yass and District Historical Society is not affiliated in any way with Yass Valley Council. However, both organisations work closely in order to ensure that the heritage assets of the LGA are protected and enhanced. They may be able to provide assistance in researching the history of your property.
- The National Library of Australia has a free online search service for Australian Newspapers, Photos and Maps
- The NSW Heritage Branch has a range of technical information sheets covering topics including rising damp, plaster finishes and timber repairs.
- NSW Heritage Council's Fire, Access and Services Advisory Panel (FASAP) is an expert technical panel which provides advice on upgrading heritage buildings to satisfy legal standards for fire safety, access for people with disabilities and services in ways that will not diminish their heritage significance. FASAP meets quarterly and provides free services to help government agencies, local councils and property owners to achieve acceptable compliance with modern building standards while retaining the heritage significance of places. See the Information about the Panel and Brochure for further information.