Nanya is within Barkindji country. Many Aboriginal sites have been recorded adjacent to major rivers in the region indicating the rivers once supported a large population. In areas located some distance from a major water source, such as Nanya, Aboriginal sites are generally restricted to sand dune locations near a soak, or clay-pan. Little is known about Aboriginal occupation of Nanya. A few artefact scatters were found during surveys prior to oil exploration in 1985.
Any Aboriginal cultural sites identified will be managed in consultation with the Barkindji community.
Nanya Station history
Nanya, along with five other properties in the Scotia, was created as a pastoral lease in 1927. The region has one of the shortest stock-grazing histories of western NSW. As a result of Government policy to break up large pastoral holdings in the early 1900s, small ‘Homestead Leases’ were created and the lease for Winnebaga (renamed Nanya) was taken up by Mr Gordon Cumming.
Pastoral heritage features at Nanya include:
- dwellings and outbuildings from three phases of its early history
- a shearing shed with frame of native Pine bush poles
- yards with post and rail and palisade fencing, and
- a disused bore.
Conservation of European cultural heritage sites will be managed by guidelines established by the Burra Charter, and recommendations by recognised authorities in heritage conservation.