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.