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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.

Tarnagulla is situated in Dja Dja Wurrung country.

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Tarnagulla Public Hall Commercial Road Tarnagulla Victoria 3551

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Opening Hours

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

Entry Fee

None

Location

Tarnagulla Public Hall, Commercial Rd Tarnagulla Victoria

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

Julie Beauchamp 25 August 2019 2:30 PM

When might the Tarnagulla History Archive be open to visitors and do you know if there is a 'Back to Tarnagulla' event this year ? (2019)

Megan Cardamone 25 August 2019 5:17 PM

Hi Julie, thanks for getting in touch. At the moment, the Archive is only open by appointment. Sometime later this year (probably from November) we will begin opening one Sunday per month. I'm not aware of a Back To Tarnagulla event happening this year. If you would like to come and visit the Archive I am happy to make an appointment for you. Please get in touch via email if thats okay - tarnagullahistoryarchive@gmail.com and we can go from there. Best wishes, The Tarnagulla History Archive

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708 items

708 items

Photo-postcard depicting Company's Dam, Tarnagulla - Company's Dam, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Sepia photo-postcard depicting Company's Dam, Tarnagulla. In the backgrond the Soldiers Memorial, the Wesleyan Church and the Flour Mill complex are visible.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Image must have been made after October 1919 when the Memorial was erected and before 1920 when the Flour Mill was relocated. This is an original photo-postcard.

Inscriptions & Markings

Reverse is printed as standard postcard format (blank/unused).

Photograph of members of the Tarnagulla Tennis Club - Members of the Tarnagulla Tennis Club

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting members of the Tarnagulla Tennis Club in 1898.

Historical information

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

Newspaper clipping: Plenty Of Puff But Where's The Bell? - Plenty Of Puff But Where's The Bell?

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Clipping from The Bendigo Advertiser, of November 22, 1988, with article titled 'Plenty Of Puff But Where's The Bell?'. Discusses train services in the region and the celebration at Tarnagulla of the centenary of the town's passenger rail link. Reports on calls to restore the passenger rail services. Also describes the centenary celebrations which involved a race between teams carrying homemade replicas of steam trains. Images of the races and one of Donald Clark. Mentions the Tarnagulla Fire Brigade Senior and Junior teams and the Tarnagulla Golf Club Juniors team all as winners.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Poster: Tarnagulla Replica Train Races

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A home-made poster inviting entries for races to take place at Tarnagulla, organised by the Bicentennial Committee. The event celebrated the centenary of the town's passenger rail link.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

'Lone Pine' by Bert Radnell

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A typed first-hand account written by Bert Radnell describing his pilgrimage to Anzac Cove in 1935 (the 20th anniversary of The Landing).

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Broadcast Listener's Licence

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A paper Broadcast Listener's Licence issued to Donald Clark in 1947.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

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.

Business docket (partial): Thomson & Comrie

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A partial paper business docket from Thomson & Comrie's Store, Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: Drilling Rig In Operation, Poverty Reef

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A colour photograph depicting a drilling rig in operation at Poverty Reef, Tarnagulla. Original photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph of remnants of Corfu Mine mullock heaps near Tarnagulla - Remnants of Corfu Mine mullock heaps near Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A black and white photograph depicting the remnants of Corfu Mine mullock heaps near Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph of blacksmith's shop, Tarnagulla - Blacksmith's shop, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a large run-down weatherboard building at the north end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. Written in a sign on right side of building: 'Blacksmiths'. Same as image THA-2019.0053

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph shows the blacksmiths premises on the north end of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla. Information collated by Murray Comrie: This building was demolished in the 1970s. The first use of the site was as the George Hotel licensed to an A.B. Clay in 1858, then Waller and Robinson. Charles Waller operated his Excelsior Line of coaches from the George Hotel stables. John Ousley took over the stables for use as a blacksmith's shop. He sold out to Stafford & Sons in 1908. Staffords found the existing premises at the George Hotel too small and built this building. Frank McNamee later took over the premises and operated it for many years. This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Photograph: Children at planting ceremony to commence Pine Plantation, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A monochrome photograph of a group of children observing a ceremony to commence the Pine Plantation, Tarnagulla.

Historical information

From tarnagulla.org by David Gordon: "The plantation is bounded by King, Gladstone and Welsh Streets and on the east by the drainage channel. It was planted up and opened in June 1925. It is located on the massive sand heap of R.W.Hammond's quartz crushing battery, and the plantation served to enhance the appearance of a large-scale mining precinct which was by 1925 seen as an eyesore from the bygone mining days". Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: Building of concrete bridge at Eddington (2)

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A monochrome photograph of the building of concrete bridge at Eddington in 1928. Copy photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph of stables behind bank building, Tarnagulla - Stables behind bank building, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting stables at rear of the double-storey bank building in Tarnagulla. Image depicts a brick building with white timber doors and corrugated metal roof. The site was originally built by and for the Colonial Bank and later used by the Union Bank.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This image depicts the stables at rear of a two-storey bank building in Tarnagulla. 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). The two-storey bank building 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 now a private residence.

Copy of newspaper clipping: 'Cameo Of The Past In Golden Triangle' - Cameo Of The Past In Golden Triangle

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Photocopy of a clipping from an Australian newspaper, of probably 1990s-2000s, with article titled 'Cameo Of The Past In Golden Triangle' by Ruth Ewart. Discusses Tarnagulla as a tourist destination. Copy, not original.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Label from Pierce's Southern Cross Store Tarnagulla - Bot of J. Pierce Wholesale Grocer Wine and Spirit Merchant

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A bottle label for goods from J.Pierce's Southern Cross Store in Tarnagulla. Unused.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

A handwritten note on reverse reads: 'Mrs Fred Harwood left a couple of chickens in fridge, Ross See you sometime this afternoon if possible. Left about quarter to twelve. Key to the till will be with Keys to the Garage on table'.

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.

Breach notice from Postmaster General to Postmaster, Sandy Creek (1860)

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Breach notice sent from Postmaster General to the Postmaster of Sandy Creek (Tarnagulla) regarding information to be included in monthly statements. Original, not copy.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Business docket: F.M. & L.V. Brown

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A paper business docket from F.M. & L.V. Brown Grocers, Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Negative: Brick Chapel, Newbridge - Brick Chapel, Newbridge

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Medium format monochrome negative, image depicting a brick chapel in Newbridge.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph: Opening of restored pavillion at Tarnagulla Recreation Reserve

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A colour photograph depicting a Cobb & Co coach at the event for re-opening of restored pavillion at Tarnagulla Recreation Reserve Original photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph - New water storage basin, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A colour photograph depicting a water storage basin at Tarnagulla around the time of its creation in 1987. Original photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: Cannon, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Two copies of a colour photograph depicting the ship's cannon in Memorial Park, Tarnagulla. Original photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Schedule for Back To Tarnagulla 1952

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A typed schedule for events in the Back To Tarnagulla reunion of 1952.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Telegram: Bagge to Inspector General of Public Works

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A telegram sent from a C.H.O. Bagge in Tarnagulla to the Inspector General of Public Works in Melbourne on October 14th, 1863. Concerns checking of water levels in Inglewood and Tarnagulla Reservoirs, cost to build water races and planned travels to Dunolly and St. Arnaud.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

News clipping: Tarnagulla is the abode of the blest - Tarnagulla is the abode of the blest

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A small news clipping from unknown publication with a short section about Tarnagulla. Text begins 'Tarnagulla is the abode of the blest'. References the post office and town hall, children picking up gold nuggets in the street and notes that the only lockup is a 'pile of logs'.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Programme: Furtive Fortunes of Fickle Fate

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Programme for the dramatic performance 'Furtive Fortunes of Fickle Fate' held at the Victoria Theatre, Tarnagulla 11 September, 1987.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Ticket: Tarnagulla Fair

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A grey 'Admit One' ticket used at the 1966 Tarnagulla Fair, held on 24th September, 1966.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: Members of Tarnagulla Fire Brigade

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A monochrome photograph of members of Tarnagulla Fire Brigade in their uniforms, posed with hose reel outside Burstall Hall, Tarnagulla (demolished in 1960s). Copy photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: Tarnagulla Brass Band - Tarnagulla Brass Band

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting members of the Tarnagulla Brass Band, posed in an outdoor setting.

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.