Renovator’s Delight – Sofala, New South Wales
Excerpt from the Australian Heritage Database
Sofala is historically highly significant. It was the centre of a major New South Wales goldfield and during the 1850s and early 1860s the field often led the colony in gold production and population. Additionally, the goldfield had a very high Chinese population and witnessed important political and technological developments. Sofala is an integral part of the state’s gold mining history and heritage.
It is especially distinctive in being Australia’s oldest surviving gold town.
The village has strong aesthetic qualities. Located on the riverbank in the floor of a steep sided valley, Sofala consists of predominantly timber (and also some brick) buildings that stand close together along narrow streets that have no formal kerbing. The village’s density is complemented and enhanced by the range of building and roof forms exhibited.
Sofala has for some time been increasingly perceived by sections of the public as one of the State’s historic gold towns. Thus the village is of social significance to the wider community.
The Historic Village of Sofala
From: Cobb & Co Heritage Trail Bathurst to Bourke by Diane de St. Hilaire Simmonds
Barkly St, Sofala, New South Wales, Australia.
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