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Tarnagulla History Archive Tarnagulla, Victoria

The Tarnagulla History Archive is a repository for all things related to the local history of Tarnagulla and its surrounding district. The Archive holds photographs, records and artefacts and was established with funds by a PROV Local History Grant. The Archive is situated within the historic Victoria Hotel and Theatre complex, which functions as Tarnagulla's public hall. The complex, including the Archive, is managed by community volunteers from the Tarnagulla Public Hall Committee, on behalf of the Loddon Shire Council.

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Tarnagulla Public Hall Commercial Road Tarnagulla Victoria 3551

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Open only by appointment. We will begin opening one Sunday a month in late 2019.

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Tarnagulla Public Hall, Commercial Rd Tarnagulla Victoria

Photographs, records, artefacts and research resources relating to the history of Tarnagulla and surrounds.

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Photograph depicting a group of men, probably Tarnagulla - Group of men, probably Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a group of men (some of them young men) posed in front of a peppercorn tree. Man at far left has a bicycle. Man at far right holding a pipe. Accompanying note identifies subjects as: (Left to right) Back row: P. Cheetham (with bicycle), H. Johnson, P. Sheehan, Mr, Reilly, T. Cheetham, B. Llewellyn (with pipe). Middle row: Mr. Fitzgerald, Mr. Carr, Mr. Turner (with dog), Mr. Leonard. Front row (kneeling): B. Lawry, D. Reilly, B. Cousins.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Significance of group or purpose of image not known. This photograph is a somewhat faded image created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Photograph of Renshaw's Victoria House Store, Tarnagulla - Renshaw's Victoria House Store, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of people outside Renshaw's Store in Tarnagulla. Three women standing on curb and a man standing on wagon with two harnessed horses.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Murray Comrie's information about Renshaw's to be added. This photograph is a dark copy probably created from an older original.

Photograph of bank buildings, Tarnagulla - Bank buildings, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a section of Commercial Road in Tarnagulla with two brick buildings, one single-storey and one double-storey. A horse-drawn carriage is standing out side the larger building. A number of men, women and children are standing or walking alongside the buildings and in the street.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. There were four banks in Tarnagulla at one stage, but two - the National Bank and the Bank of Australasia - were open for a short period only. The single-storey brick building at far left was built in 1859 and used by the Union Bank until 1888, and was later renamed 'Lochcarron' and used as premises by doctors and dentists. The two-storey building (right) was built in 1866 by the Colonial Bank of Australasia. Before this, the site had been occupied by Foo's shop. Whilst it was being built, the Colonial Bank operated from Company's Hotel (later known as Burstall Hall and the Council Chambers). The double-storey building in this image was used by the Colonial Bank from 1866 until 21st February, 1888. The premises were sold to the Union Bank for £2500. The Union Bank moved in and commenced operations on 6th June 1888, continuing until 1942. The building was later used as a general store until the 1990s. Both buildings are now private residences. This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caption on original 'Union Bank'.

Photograph of the north end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla - North end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting the north end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. A large wagon with team of horses is standing in the road. Three girls are walking down footpath at left side of image.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph shows business on the north end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. From right: the brick Baptist Church (now private residence), Stafford's Blacksmith Coachbuilders and funeral/undertakers (since demolished), & Norwood's Tarnagulla Hotel. Information collated by Murray Comrie: Stafford's premises were built on land previously occupied by the stables of the George Hotel. The Stafford's building was later taken over and run by Frank McNamee. This photograph is a dark copy created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on the original: 'Specially produced for Renshaw & Co' and 'Commercial Road (North End) Tarnagulla'. Written on this copy: 'Baptist Church Staffords Blacksmith Coachbuilders and funeral/undertakers, & Norwood's Tarnagulla Hotel'.

Photograph: View of Poverty Mine, Tarnagulla - View of Poverty Mine, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting view across Tarnagulla showing the Poverty Mine. Position of photographer is on hill behind Methodist Church and current (2019) police station.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Written on reverse: 'Poverty Reef Tarnagulla'.

Photograph: Copy of Tarnagulla Band collage - Copy of Tarnagulla Band collage

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph being copy of a photo and cardboard collage depicting members of Tarnagulla Brass Band in 1886. Names as captions to pictures. Names also given in accompanying paper slip.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph is a fair copy created from the original collage or from a copy of the original collage. Some areas slightly blurry.

Photograph of Tarnagulla School - Tarnagulla School

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of Tarnagulla State School, first opened in 1874. This photograph is undated, but probably first half of 20th Century. The original roof was shingle, the corrugated metal roof seen in this image was added later. Copy of an original photograph probably made in the 1980s-1990s.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph of Presbyterian Church, Tarnagulla - Presbyterian Church, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting the Presbyterian Church in Tarnagulla. Nine men standing in front of church, apparently in uniform, possibly band uniform. This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. The Presbyterian Church in Tarnagulla was built in 1863. Today it is a private residence.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pres. Church written in lower left corner (of original).

Photograph of milk bar and general store, Tarnagulla - Milk bar and general store, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a section of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla near the intersection with Poverty Street, including two stores - one a bakery/milk-bar and the other a general store operating in the former Bank building. Photograph taken from north of milk-bar. Two people walking away from photographer on footpath/curb between the two stores.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This image depicts stores in the main street of Tarnagulla, including the two-storey bank building being used as a licensed general store. The bank building was used first by the Colonial Bank of Australasia (from 1866 to 1888) and then by the Union Bank (from 1888 to 1942). It was built in 1866 by the Colonial Bank of Australasia. Before this, the site had been occupied by Foo's shop. Whilst it was being built, the Colonial Bank operated from Company's Hotel (later known as Burstall Hall and the Council Chambers). The new double-storey building was used by the Colonial Bank from 1866 until 21st February, 1888. The premises were sold to the Union Bank for £2500. The Union Bank moved in and commenced operations on 6th June 1888, continuing until 1942. The building was later used as a general store until the 1990s. It is a now private residence. This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Photograph depicting the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Tarnagulla - Wesleyan Methodist Church, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Black and white photograph depicting the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph is probably an original print.

Photograph of soldiers from Tarnagulla and district in a military camp - Soldiers from Tarnagulla and district in a military camp

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of soldiers in uniform posed in a military camp. Subjects are residents of Tarnagulla and other towns in surrounding district. All subjects served in First World War, dating the image to circa 1914-1918. Accompanied by a note that gives the following names: (Left to Right) Back Row: 1. ______________ 2. _______________ 3. Bert Whimpey 4. Bill Langan 5. Will Kilgour 6. Claude Whimpey 7. _______________ 8. ________________ Front Row: 1. Perce Ison 2. Arthur Whimpey 3. Syd Akers 4. Dave Roper

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla - Commercial Road, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a view down Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. WIlliams and Clouston's store visible at right.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Burstall Hall appears to still be standing in this image.

Photograph of Herd's Store, Tarnagulla - Herd's Store, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a high storefront with text 'Tarnagulla House William Herd General Merchant'. Group of people standing in front of store. Picket fencing either side.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Information collated by Murray Comrie: William Herd was born in Scotland in 1829, and came to Australia in 1852. He set up a business at Hard Hills and then and the lower end of the main lead at Sandy Creek (Tarnagulla). He then purchased a business from a Mr. Turnbull in Commercial Road where he built this large store. He was a member of the first Borough Council in 1864 and Mayor on several occasions. Herd died in 1899, aged 70 and his son carried on the business for several years. This building was later moved to Metelman's farm in Arnold West to be used as barn (and was as late as May 1970), as shown in THA-2019.0055. This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Photograph, Tarnagulla Post Office during construction - Tarnagulla Post Office during construction

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of numerous people standing outside the then new Tarnagulla Post Office, during its construction.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Murray Comrie's information about Tarnagulla Post Offices to be added. This photograph is a fair copy created from an older original.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten: 'Post Office during building - 1886 opened'.

Photograph of people outside the Victoria Hotel and Theatre, Tarnagulla - People outside the Victoria Hotel and Theatre, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting people standing outside the Victoria Hotel and Theatre in Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. Other text on building reads: 'William M. Davies'.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. William Morgan Davies, Licensee, at far left. (Source: Separate paper caption by Murray Comrie). This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original.

Photograph of a wooden shool or church house at or near Tarnagulla - A wooden shool or church house at or near Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A black and white photograph depicting a wooden shool or church house at or near Tarnagulla. Mounted onto heavy dark brown card.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

None

Photograph of Thomson & Comrie Exchange Store, Tarnagulla - Thomson & Comrie Exchange Store, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of Thomson & Comrie's Exchange Store, Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This store was formerly on Commercial Road, near the corner of Wayman Street Tarnagulla. It was completely destroyed by fire on October 12th 1953. The site is now vacant. This photograph is a very good copy probably created from an older original.

Photograph: Impression of Borough of Tarnagulla seal - Impression of Borough of Tarnagulla seal

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting an impression in wax which has been made using the Borough of Tarnagulla seal.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph of people on platform of Tarnagulla Railway Station - People on platform of Tarnagulla Railway Station

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting three men and two children on the platform of the Tarnagulla Railway Station. This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made in the 1970s.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph of former Tarnagulla Police Residence - Former Tarnagulla Police Residence

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of a house which was once the police residence in Tarnagulla. Not known if this image was made when it was in its original position (Victoria Street Tarnagulla) or after it is was sold and moved in 1969.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. The house in this photo was once the residence of the Tarnagulla police officer. The town block where the house was originally built was the base for policing in Tarnagulla from 1878 until the 1990s. The house was built in 1878 as a residence and adjacent was a lockup, office and stable (shown in THA-2019.0031). This house was sold for removal in in the late 1960s and replaced with a prefabricated residence and small office brought from Bealiba. These as well as the lockup are still in place (as of 2019), but are no longer used. It is not known where this house was moved to. It is not known whether this photo was taken before or after the house was moved.

Photograph of Masonic Lodge, Tarnagulla - Masonic Lodge, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting the facade of a building with window canopies and an arched doorway.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Information from Murray Comrie: This building still stands at the south end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. Originally used as the Masonic Lodge Temple of Tarnagulla United Lodge, No. 1318 (E.C.), opened and consecrated 21.1.1869 by Wor. Bro. Wardlow. Br. Stamp was installed as Master. The other part of the building housed the Masonic Hall Hotel, with F.H. Goldsboro as licensee. In later years, this building was known as Bool's (after the Bool family).

Photograph of cottage with raised verandah, Tarnagulla - Cottage with raised verandah, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a cottage with raised verandah, which is located in Commercial Road, Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Building is still on Commercial Road and in 2019 is a private residence. History to be confirmed.

Photograph of a motor scooter and two people outside the Victoria Hotel and Theatre, Tarnagulla - Motor scooter and two people outside the Victoria Hotel and Theatre, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a motor scooter parked outside the Victoria Hotel and Theatre in Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. A girl and a young man are standing just in front of the building.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Pair of THA-2019.0111

Photograph of soldiers from Tarnagulla and district - Soldiers from Tarnagulla and district

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of soldiers in uniform. Subjects are residents of Tarnagulla and other towns in surrounding district. All subjects served in First World War, dating the image to circa 1914-1918. Accompanied by a note that gives the following names: (Left to Right) Back Row: 1. Jim Browbill (Simpson's Creek) 2. Geo. Whyte (Tarnagulla) 3. Ken Bramley (Arnold's Bridge) 4. Geo. Riordan (Arnold's Bridge) Third Row from front: 1. Harold Spedding 2. Hewie Spedding (Laanecoorie) 3. Jack Graham (Murphy's Creek) 4. Syd Akers 5. Geo. Corrie (Tarnagulla) Second row from front: 1. Geo. Clark (Llanelly) 2. Allan Mitchell (Llanelly) 3. Sergt. Anderson (Laanecoorie) 4. Jack Mitchell (Llanelly) 5. Will Kilgour (Tarnagulla) Front Row: 1. Fred Jackson

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph: Large group in front of Recreation Reserve Pavillion, Tarnagulla - Large group in front of Recreation Reserve Pavillion, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of a large group of people, including many children, posed in front of the Recreation Reserve Pavillion in Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Women's attire suggests circa turn of century. This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Photograph of Mr J.D. Williams, Former Mayor of the Borough of Tarnagulla - Mr J.D. Williams, Former Mayor of the Borough of Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photographic portrait of Mr. J.D. Williams, a former Mayor of the Borough of Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Printed on original 'Mr. J.D. Williams; the new Mayor of Tarnagulla (Photo by Eden)'.

Photograph of the Golden Age Hotel, Tarnagulla - The Golden Age Hotel, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of the Golden Age Hotel in Tarnagulla, A young man is standing next to a horse drawn cart and another man standing on the cart.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Photograph of the Bool sisters in fancy dress - Bool sisters in fancy dress

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting four sisters from the Bool family of Tarnagulla, dressed up with labels relating to the Thomson & Comrie Exchange Store and its products.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph is a low-contrast image created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Students at Tarnagulla School, 1922

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of a group of children assembled in rows for a school photograph. Accompanied by a typed caption with children's names. Also associated with handwritten notes (catalogued separately as a Research Note) with children's names. There are only a few differences between the two sets of names.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Typed note adhered to reverse states '23rd June 1922'. Names of children combined from both set of notes are believed to be: Back row: Eileen Whimpey, Dorothy McKenzie, Adele Smith, Molly McNamee, Mary (or Marjorie) McKenzie, Jean Fotheringham, May Lamprell, Iris Heraud, Melva Fotheringham, Elsie Heraud, Ethel Heraud, Jessie Calder. 3rd row: May Gedling (or Elsie Gedling), Clarice Greenwood (or May Gedling), Ethel Gedling, Ivy Goltz, Pearl Lamprell, Florence Hutchins, Syd Goltz, Geo Riordan, _____Calder, Andy Heraud, Cecil Williams, Doug Calder, Albert McKenzie. 2nd row: Ron Heraud, Murray Comrie, Bruce Calder, Les Williams, Angus Comrie, Ross Heraud (or Fred Bool), Vern Whimpey, Bill Riordan, Frank McNamee, Jack McNamee. Front row: Keith Comrie, Tom Comrie, Len Smith, Theo Riordan, Stewart Calder, Bill Gedling, Alf Gedling, Stan McNamee, Les Hutchins.

Photograph of cricket players, Tarnagulla - Cricket players, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of men and boys, most wearing white shirts and trousers, one in cricket cap and two with cricket equipment, assembled for a group photograph on an open area, oval or sports field. No date or names recorded.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This is possibly Victoria Park, Tarnagulla.