Former Coolah Shire general manager and local historian Roy Cameron OAM has been recognised as one of 25 individuals and groups as a “heritage hero” through the 11th annual NSW Government Heritage Volunteer Awards.
Mr Cameron began as the Coolah shire clerk in 1957 and remained in that position until his retirement in 1990.
He still lives in Coolah and has written a number of history books including Around the Black Stump which sold more than 2200 copies on its release.
His book The Kookaburra March through Mendooran and Dunedoo was the first book ever written about this 1916 World War 1 recruiting march.
Mr Cameron is an active member in five historical societies including Coolah, Dubbo and Dunedoo, the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Lower Clarence society at McLean where he grew up.
Mr Cameron has been a contributor to 19 other local history books and is also a contributor to the Mudgee Guardian’s history column.
The Hill End Arts Council also received a Heritage Heroes award in the Built Heritage Category for members’ work in conserving and reusing the former Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the group had revitalised an iconic building which was highly valued in the Hill End Community.
“From approaching stakeholders and seeking funding assistance to project managing restoration works and sympathetic additions, the volunteers at the Hill End Arts Council have ensured the ongoing public use of this former church for art and music exhibitions and concerts,” Mr Toole said.
“This group of enthusiastic volunteers painstakingly cleaned the church interior, secured and oiled ceiling lining boards, and repaired windows,” he said.
Ref: Mudgee Guardian 15 Dec 2012