One of the state’s most memorable people, events and stories is being celebrated right here in the Goulburn electorate with a Blue Plaque being awarded to Yass local, Arthur Bryant Triggs.

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman said it was an honour to have one of the first publically nominated recipients of the Blue Plaque program in the region.            

“I’m thrilled to announce that Arthur Bryant Triggs from Yass is being recognised for their incredible contribution to the history of NSW,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Born on 30 January 1868 in Chelsea, London and arriving in Sydney in 1887, Triggs was a businessman based in Yass. He bought and leased stations from Bourke to Kiandra – usually running between 250,000 to 500,000 sheep, and some cattle.

“Throughout history, many of our region’s locals have made remarkable contributions to the wider community, and I am thrilled to see Arthur Bryant Triggs recognised with this Blue Plaque.”

The NSW Blue Plaques program is similar to the program in the United Kingdom, with 17 people, moments or stories successfully nominated by local communities across the state.

Other successful nominations include aviator Nancy Bird Walton, artist Brett Whiteley, performers, authors and history makers.

Minister for Heritage James Griffin said the Blue Plaques program provides an opportunity to celebrate the noteworthy people and stories that helped to shape NSW.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see so many diverse stories from around the state come to light through the Blue Plaques program,” Mr Griffin said.

“This initiative is all about recognising the eclectic characters, personalities and important public figures that have made or become part of the history and fabric of our state.

“These 17 people, moments or stories that I’m announcing today were all nominated by their local communities.”

The initiative is part of a $5 million heritage program, funded by the NSW Government.

The NSW public will be invited to nominate additional noteworthy people, stories and events this year.

The Blue Plaques will be added to sites during the second half of 2022.

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