Start to Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project

The first to the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project has been put in place in Berry Street, near the corner of Worrigee Street.

The first to the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project has been put in place in Berry Street, near the corner of Worrigee Street.

The Nowra CBD has a great history and you will now be able to find out even more about it.

The Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project is underway with the first of a number of signs being installed.

In October last year, Shoalhaven City Council received a Heritage Activation Grant from the NSW Government for the project, initiated by Nowra CBD Revitalisation Committee in collaboration with Shoalhaven Historical Society.

Signs for this project are now ready to be installed, with installation starting last Thursday and Friday, December 5-6.

The project incorporates four connected precincts of the Nowra CBD.

The start of each precinct will be marked by a large information sign that communicates some of Nowra's history, relevant to that precinct.

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One of the early Nowra scenes on the new Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project in the Nowra CBD.

One of the early Nowra scenes on the new Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project in the Nowra CBD.

Significant buildings and sites in each precinct will be identified by small plaques.

To complement the plaques and signs, council will continue to work with the NSW Government on a possible web app that includes a digital interactive map/guide.

One of the historic building signs as part of the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project. This one (left) is on the Peoples Emporium or more recently known as the Spotlight building which over the years has been home to numerous businesses.

One of the historic building signs as part of the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project. This one (left) is on the Peoples Emporium or more recently known as the Spotlight building which over the years has been home to numerous businesses.

One of the historic building signs as part of the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project. This one is on the Peoples Emporium or more recently known as the Spotlight building which over the years has been home to numerous businesses.

One of the historic building signs as part of the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project. This one is on the Peoples Emporium or more recently known as the Spotlight building which over the years has been home to numerous businesses.

In the meantime, a hard-copy map and guide to support the walk will be released.

Initially, this will be available from Visitor Services at Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Shoalhaven Historical Society and on council's website.

One of the early Nowra scenes on the new Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project in the Nowra CBD. This the People's Emporium when it was Richmond House the home of Woodhills.

One of the early Nowra scenes on the new Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project in the Nowra CBD. This the People's Emporium when it was Richmond House the home of Woodhills.

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Shoalhaven Mayor Amanda Findley thanked the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Committee and the Shoalhaven Historical Society, who championed the project.

"Thanks to the individual members, who championed the project, the stories told are inspired by the historic publications of these members," she said.

"Many thanks also go out to the owners and caretakers of the historical items for their support of this project; as well as the State Government and their Heritage Near Me Team - without the local support and the grant funding, this project may never have become a reality."

Another of the iconic Nowra photographs used on the new Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project in the Nowra CBD. This one is of a young boy standing on a lamp post at the corner of Berry and Junction streets, taken around 1910 - we'd love to find out who the young boy is.

Another of the iconic Nowra photographs used on the new Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project in the Nowra CBD. This one is of a young boy standing on a lamp post at the corner of Berry and Junction streets, taken around 1910 - we'd love to find out who the young boy is.

The first to the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project has been put in place in Berry Street, near the corner of Worrigee Street.

The first to the Nowra CBD Historical Walk Interpretive Signage Project has been put in place in Berry Street, near the corner of Worrigee Street.

To recognise these efforts and to officially open the walk, an 'opening event' will be held in early 2020, with further information on this event to follow.

Nowra CBD Revitalisation Committee Chairperson, James Caldwell, said he hopes the upgraded historical walk will give Shoalhaven visitors and residents a great experience.

"The new historical signage will offer the community an opportunity to travel back through time, learn something new about Nowra and explore the CBD in a different way," he said.

"The signs respond to the colourful nature of our CBD whilst providing insight into times gone by. They are a wonderful asset for the community, and I encourage anyone on their next visit to Nowra to take the walk.

"We're pleased to see this project come to fruition and are very excited to bring forth some of Nowra's lesser known history."

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