Local Heritage on the Coast


Painting of historic decal at canton beach



Monday, 19 April 2021 - 9:00am to Sunday, 16 May 2021 - 5:00pm

Immerse yourself in our local history

Through local partnerships and to align with the Australian Heritage Festival, which runs from 18 April to 19 May, we have installed historic decals in Wyong, Toukley, Budgewoi, Gosford and Woy Woy town centres that display our rich cultural heritage.

Take a stroll, learn about your local heritage and enjoy the local cafes, restaurants and shops along the way.

Decal locations:

  • Wyong - Wyong Train Station
  • Toukley - Toukley Library
  • Budgewoi - Halekulani Hall & laneway located at 54 Tenth Ave
  • Gosford - 70 Mann Street, Gosford
  • Woy Woy (soon to be installed) - Woy Woy Train Station overpass bridge & Woy Woy Oval Forecourt

For further information please contact towncentres@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Tours in Wyong

In Wyong Town Centre, we are partnering with the Wyong Family History Group to deliver four guided heritage walking tours.

COVID-safe tours will run on:

  • Tuesday 20 April 11am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 2 May 11am-12.30pm
  • Tuesday 11 May 11am-12.30pm
  • Sunday 16 May 11am-12.30pm

Tours are limited to 15 people. Register your place to be part of a free tour.

For further information please contact towncentres@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Relive the glory days in Gosford

In Gosford Town Centre, you can relive the glory days of Australian Rock and Roll with a great exhibition at the Gosford Parkhouse (formerly Byblos).

From Monday 19 to Friday 30 April 2021, you can view rare performance photographs of legends such as Dinah Lee, Digger Revell, Johnny O’Keefe; Little Pattie; Sandy Scott and many more, all courtesy of the fantastic collection of late Gosford photographer Les Allen.

Back in the 1960s and 70s Les Allen took photographs of practically every performance of every artist who played at the Central Coast Leagues Club. His collection is preserved by Central Coast Libraries and it contains unique photographs that capture the mood of the sixties and seventies.

You get a real sense of the raw energy of many of these artists who went on to become household names. The collection includes Bandstand favourites, rockers and “one-hit wonders”. These were the people who created the soundtrack of our lives.

The exhibition can be viewed at Parkhouse @ Kibble, located across from Gosford Library in Kibble Park.

For further information please contact history@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au

Be part of Central Coast Voices

If you love history, have a good ear and want to be involved in a project that’s making local history content accessible for future generations you might be interested in Central Coast Voices, a joint project between Central Coast Library Service and the State Library of NSW.

In the 1980s and 1990s, multiple interviews were recorded with long-time residents of the Central Coast using extremely delicate cassette tapes. These tapes are so prone to breakage that the interviews were not listened to for up to 40 years - the mere act of playing them could result in permanent loss! A recent Central Coast Library digitization project has helped unlock and preserve the content, allowing the voices of local identities, teachers, farmers, bullock-drivers and war veterans to once again be heard. 

We’re inviting the community to listen to these interviews and help text-correct the machine transcriptions on a very-easy-to-use platform. This project will make these priceless recordings and the stories contained more accessible than ever before. Visit amplify.gov.au/centralcoast

Find out more about how you can get involved and our local history, including photos, images, books, reasearch and more on our library site.  


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Last updated : Mon 19 Apr 2021