On 1 April 2020, the National Trust (NSW) Board of Directors approved the listing of the Dubbo Driftwells on the National Trust Register.
The Dubbo Driftwells are an important site of industrial heritage that dates back to the 1920s. The two driftwells are located on the corner of Brisbane and Tamworth Streets in Dubbo, are in pristine condition and tell the important story of regional life and water management practices at the turn of the 20th century in regional New South Wales where surface water sources often dried up for weeks or months at a time.
The National Trust (NSW) Register listing notes that ‘the Driftwells have played an important part in the social fabric of Dubbo and feature in many stories and anecdotes about life in a growing country town’. The Dubbo Driftwells are located on the land of the Wiradjuri nation.
The National Trust of Australia (NSW) maintains a non-statutory Register of landscapes, townscapes, buildings, industrial sites, cemeteries and other items or places that have cultural significance and are worthy of conservation and protection. The National Trust (NSW) has in excess of 12,000 items listed on its Register. The National Trust Register is a highly regarded resource that documents the specifics of the significance of New South Wales’ built, natural and cultural heritage.
You can read the full National Trust Register Listing report here.