The Milton-Ulladulla district is a unique part of Australian and New South Wales heritage. First Nations people, the Murramarang of the Yuin Nation thrived in its tall forests and coastal waters and enriched the local landscape with their art and cultural practices. British colonists arrived from 1828, and the district’s towns reflect the early expansion of the timber industry and later dairying, followed by silica mining and then tourism.
Understanding the history of the place in which you live creates a greater understanding of why so many things are as they are today – how towns and streets got their names, why the industries in which people work developed, how the natural landscape was shaped by settlement, and why houses and buildings look the way they do. Local history combined with a place’s geography can tell you everything.
But preserving local history is not an easy task. Progress and development often requires the destruction of historical landscapes for new roads and the demolition of old buildings to make way for new ones. Local memories fade and are forgotten as original families die out or move away.
Since 1968, Milton-Ulladulla Historical Society Inc has been dedicated to preserving our past, for the future.