THE history of the Highlands is rich, and will be passed on for generations thanks to the dedication of Dr Leah Day.
The Mittagong resident is a local and family historian who has been heavily involved in the Fitz Roy Iron Works archaeological site and heritage circuit, and has now received an Order of Australia Medal for her contributions to community history.
Dr Day worked as the as Fitz Roy Iron Works Heritage Walk co-ordinator and was author of the project’s signage.
Starting out as a secretary for The Smith Family and Surf Life Saving Australia, Ms Day found a love for contributing to worthwhile causes and “giving back to the community”.
Ms Day’s contributions in history to the community began in 1987, when she joined the Berrima District Historical and Family History Society.
Since, Ms Day has published two books on the history of Mittagong and Bowral, and will spend this year consolidating her research on the Fitz Roy Iron Works into a third book.
“I feel very honored to have been in a position where I could become involved and make a difference - to be in the position to bring history to life makes me feel very honored,” she said.
Highlanders honoured in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List: