Beechworth's Historic Precinct to be nominated for Heritage List

Published on 28 November 2018

Beechworth’s Historic Precinct could soon join historical sites like Mawson’s Hut and Bonegilla Migrant Camp on the National Heritage List, with Indigo Shire Council voting last night to submit a nomination for National Heritage listing.

Indigo Shire Mayor Bernard Gaffney said a National Heritage listing would further cement the important place the Beechworth Historic Precinct holds in Indigo Shire’s history.

“Our Historic Precinct is one of the best preserved examples of a Frontier Government District in Australia. It is of significant historic, social and economic importance to Indigo Shire,” he said.

“A National Heritage Listing would mean increased recognition of Beechworth’s Historic Precinct, which we hope will result in significant benefits in terms of funding and support to preserve and maintain it.”

The Historic Precinct includes the old Beechworth courthouse, Burke Museum, telegraph station and treasury buildings. Visitors to the precinct can stand in the dock where Ned Kelly stood, visit the famous Ned Kelly vault museum or send a telegram to anywhere in the world from the telegraph station.

Manager, Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage, Cameron Auty said Beechworth’s Historic Precinct and the Old Beechworth Gaol together form a unique part of Australia’s history.  “The Old Beechworth Gaol is an important element of the fabric of the precinct, and our nomination will be strengthened by its inclusion.  We look forward to working with the Old Beechworth Gaol to ensure these important historical sites are recognised at a national level,” said Mr Auty. 

The National Heritage List is Australia’s list of natural, historic and Indigenous places of outstanding significance to the nation. The Precinct buildings have already been registered by Heritage Victoria, the National Estate, the National Trust and the Indigo Shire Council planning scheme.

Following Council’s decision, a nomination will be prepared and submitted in early 2019.

For more information:

Cameron Auty, Manager, Burke Museum and Cultural Heritage

0400 558 866

cameron.auty@indigoshire.vic.gov.au