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Hill End History

Gold may have been discovered in Hill End as early as 1852 but between 1871 and 1874  it experienced a boom turning the small rural  and mining community into one of the largest  inland towns in NSW, with its population  rising to 8,000. The total recorded amount  of gold mined during this period exceeded  62,200kg. The most famous find was the  Holtermann nugget discovered by Beyers and  Holtermann in 1872. It was estimated that the gold content was 3000 ounces and the value  was £10,000.  After the boom the village continued as a  quieter but still active community. In the  1950s some of the country’s leading artists,  including Donald Friend and Russell Drysdale  discovered the beauty of the region, an  aspect of the countryside that still attracts  artists today. In 1967 Hill End was proclaimed an Historic Site to be managed by NSW National  Parks and Wildlife Service with the aim of  protecting some of the buildings and artifacts  in and around the village. Visitors can still see  many of the original buildings that have been restored and adapted for other uses.

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