Australia’s first Sikh Gurudwara (temple) has been listed on the State Heritage Register by the NSW government, highlighting its importance in the state’s cultural history.

Located in Woolgoolga on the mid north coast, heritage listing this Sikh place of worship is of great significance to the cultural history of NSW as it demonstrates the migration and permanent settlement of the Sikh community in our state. The first Punjabi Sikhs to come to Australia arrived in the late 19th century and by the 1940s a community had developed at Woolgoolga.

Residents of our own community will be familiar with the Sikh Gurudwara in Glenwood, serving a large Sikh community in and around the electorate of Riverstone, which is easily visible from the M7.

Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said, “This is great news for the entire Sikh community in NSW, as it recognises their part in the story of NSW”.

“As NSW residents were overcome by the devastation of recent fires and floods our generous Sikh community were there to offer their unwavering help and assistance,” Acting Minister for Multiculturalism Geoff Lee said.

Listing will ensure that the significance of the First Sikh Temple will continue to be recognised and protected for future generations.

“The Sikh community can be rightly proud of their contribution to NSW and I am pleased that this listing acknowledges that”, said Mr Conolly.

Further information on the state heritage listing of The First Sikh Temple is available at www.heritage.nsw.gov.au .

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