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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, including the localities of Newbridge, Llanelly, Arnold, Laanecoorie. Waanyarra, and Murphy's Creek.

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 the Tarnagulla Public Hall Committee and other community volunteers.

Tarnagulla and district are situated in Dja Dja Wurrung country.

To order image copies or make research enquiries, please use the Contact link below.

Contact Information

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Tarnagulla Public Hall Commercial Road Tarnagulla Victoria 3551

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)

Tarnagulla History Archive - Manager 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 - [email protected] and we can go from there. Best wishes, The Tarnagulla History Archive

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1377 items

1377 items

"Back To Tarnagulla 1931" badge

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Historical information

David Gordon Collection

Death Certificate

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Transcript of document (partly printed, partly handwritten): TO THE REGISTRAR OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE UNDERMENTIONED DEATH TOOK PLACE I hereby certify that I attended Annie Williams aged 57 last Birthday; that I last saw her on [not stated] that she died on August 5th at Tarnagulla and that the cause of her death was Chr_____ . Signed Edw. Green

Historical information

A large lot of papers, including this and many other birth, death and burial records, were apparently found in the ceiling cavity of the Sandy Creek/Tarnagulla Post and Telegraph Office in the later 20th Century, during building works. Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph of Comrie family in Tarnagulla - Comrie family in Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Sepia photographic postcard, image depicting members of the Comrie family outside their home in Tarnagulla. According to the note on reverse, the subjects are as follows: On the verandah (left to right) are Murray Comrie, 'Mother' (Mary Ellen Comrie), and Keith Comrie. Angus Comrie Jr. is holding a roped mare. Standing at centre are 'Hilda' and 'Roy' (small child).

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. The house in this photo was the residence of the town police officer. The town block where the house was located was the base for policing in Tarnagulla from 1878 until the 1990s. At the time of this photo (1924), the father of these children, Angus Comrie Snr was the constable for Tarnagulla. Adjacent to this house was a lockup, office and stable (shown in THA-2019.0031). Behind the residence and outbuildings (in background of this photo) was an adjoining paddock for the police horses. This house was sold for removal in in the 1960s and replaced with a prefabricated residence and small office from Bealiba. These as well as the lockup are still in place (as of 2019), but are no longer used. There are now private residences built on the former police horse paddock. A later image of this house is THA-2019.0032. For almost 100 years the Comrie name has been involved with the Victoria Police. Angus Comrie Snr, joined the force in 1899 and served as constable in Kaniva and Avoca and then in Tarnagulla from late 1909 until 1927. His son Murray Comrie, born in Tarnagulla in 1912 also became a policeman and later a Chief Superintendent, retiring in 1972 and passing away in 1983 after a long illness. Murray Comrie's son Murray Jnr., to avoid confusion became known by his middle name, Neil. Neil Comrie also joined Victoria Police and rose through the ranks to become Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police from 1993 to 2001. The Murray Comrie Collection held by Tarnagulla History Archive was collated in the 1970s by Murray Comrie (1912-1983).

Inscriptions & Markings

See second image for handwritten notes on reverse.

Notice: Rural Fire Brigades' Demonstration

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Notice for a Rural Fire Brigades' Demonstration in St. Arnaud on March 29, 1952.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Postcard: Embroidered WWI postcard

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Embroidered text 'God Bless You'.

Historical information

David Gordon Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse 'To Father and Mother with love from George'

Tingley Diary transcript

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A typed transcript of portion of a diary written by 16-year-old Thomas Tingley, describing his journey from Liverpool, England to Melbourne, Australia on the 'White Star'. Departed June 21, 1857 and arrived September 4, 1857.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Advertisement for Bicycle Race, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A clipping from a Supplement to the Tarnagulla and Llanelly Courier, advertising a Handicap Bicycle Road Race, to be held in Tarnagulla on December 26th, 1914, starting at the Golden Age Hotel.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Booklet: Rules of the Tarnagulla Public Hall - Rules of the Tarnagulla Public Hall

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A small printed booklet with maroon cover with title 'Rules of the Tarnagulla Public Hall'. Outlines rules of the governing committee and has a list of hire rates. President is J.G. Ramm, Secretary is H.Chambers. Adopted at Committee meeting 27th June, 1924.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph depicting the Poverty Reef Mine Monument, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Sepia photo-postcard depicting the Poverty Reef Mine Monument, Tarnagulla

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This is an original photograph.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked in pen to indicate height of monument.

Registration of Birth form

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Registration of Birth form for: Child's name: Rachel Caroline Eynon Date of Birth: 4th September, 1871 Place of birth: New Chum Father: Thomas Eynon Mother: Lydia Eynon (nee Richards)

Historical information

A large lot of papers, including this and many other birth and death registration forms, were apparently found in the ceiling cavity of the Sandy Creek/Tarnagulla Post and Telegraph Office in the later 20th Century, during building works. Donald Clark Collection.

Deputy Registrar's Certificate For Undertaker

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Transcript of document (partly printed, partly handwritten): Deputy Registrar's Certificate For Undertaker SCHEDULE [E.] I, P.K. Lucker, Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths in the District of Tarnagulla do hereby certify that the death of Elenor Haughton was duly registered by me on this day. WITNESS my hand this 8th June 1872 PK Lucker, Deputy Registrar.

Historical information

A large lot of papers, including this and many other birth, death and burial records, were apparently found in the ceiling cavity of the Sandy Creek/Tarnagulla Post and Telegraph Office in the later 20th Century, during building works. Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph of the Catholic Church, Tarnagulla - The Catholic Church, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Photograph of the Catholic Church in Stanley Street Tarnagulla. Photo probably taken in the early 20th Century.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

On reverse 'Bock Print'

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 of students at Tarnagulla School, circa 1913 - Students at Tarnagulla School, circa 1913

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A monochrome photograph depicting children assembled for a class photo at Tarnagulla School. Mounted onto heavy dark brown card.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse: '1913?'

Programme for Back To Tarnagulla 1981

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A4 programme for Back To Tarnagulla 1981

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Transcript: James Cheetham Diary

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A typed transcript of part of the diary of James Cheetham. Relates to his journey from Liverpool, England to Hobson's Bay, Australia (June 23rd to September 4th, 1857).

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photographs: Grandstand and bandstand at Tarnagulla Recreation Reserve

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Two identical copies.

Historical information

David Gordon Collection.

Photograph: Bank in Tarnagulla - Bank in Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of the double-storey bank in Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This two-storey 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 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. It is now a private residence. This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1960s.

Business docket: Geo. Ramm Bootmaker

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Four blank business dockets of Geo. Ramm Bootmaker of Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Football players in Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Group of men and boys, some in football attire posed as a group in an outdoor area with gum trees behind them. Three boys are standing in/on trees at rear. Main in suit at far right.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. This photo was probably taken at either Victoria Park or the Recreation Reserve in Tarnagulla, Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Handwritten on reverse are names of some subjects, the name 'L.Williams', the name and address 'J. Sheldon, 1 Francis Grove Thornbury' and the phrase 'Tarnagulla near Bendigo'. '1913 Wednesday' handwritten on front.

Registration of Birth form

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Registration of Birth form for: Child's name: Helen Josephine Robinson Date of Birth: 26th June 1872 Place of birth: Tarnagulla Father: Henry Robinson Mother: Isabella Crammond (nee Leitch)

Historical information

A large lot of papers, including this and many other birth and death registration forms, were apparently found in the ceiling cavity of the Sandy Creek/Tarnagulla Post and Telegraph Office in the later 20th Century, during building works. Donald Clark Collection.

Registration of Birth form

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Registration of Birth form for: Child's name: Ellen Randall Date of Birth: 1st January, 1872 Place of birth: Clyde St, Tarnagulla Father: Charles Edward Randall Mother: Margaret Scott (nee Webster)

Historical information

A large lot of papers, including this and many other birth and death registration forms, were apparently found in the ceiling cavity of the Sandy Creek/Tarnagulla Post and Telegraph Office in the later 20th Century, during building works. Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph of a house in Tarnagulla - A house in Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting a small cottage located in Tarnagulla.

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection. Address of house to be confirmed.

Postcard: The New Bridge at Newbridge

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Original image made in 1867. Modern reprint.

Historical information

David Gordon Collection.

Death Certificate

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Transcript of document (partly printed, partly handwritten): TO THE REGISTRAR OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE UNDERMENTIONED DEATH TOOK PLACE I hereby certify that I attended John Coombe aged 26 last Birthday; that I last saw him on April 6th 1872 that he died on April 6th at Llanelly and that the cause of his death was Typhoid Fever, Duration of illness 21 days. Signed: Edward Green Proff. Title: [indecipherable] Address: Tarnagulla Date: April 8th 1872

Historical information

A large lot of papers, including this and many other birth, death and burial records, were apparently found in the ceiling cavity of the Sandy Creek/Tarnagulla Post and Telegraph Office in the later 20th Century, during building works. Donald Clark Collection.

Letter from Reef Mining NL

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A letter from Reef Mining NL to Mr and Mrs Clark inviting them to an information session about the company's proposed mining activities.

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.

Post Office Order: to Mary Williams

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A Post Office Order made out to Mary Williams, payable at Maryborough from a Thomas Crago (?)

Historical information

Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph: Launch of Bet Bet & Korong Tourism Promotion

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A colour photograph depicting the launch of the Bet Bet & Korong Shire Tourism Promotion held at Tarnagulla Recreation Reserve. Held on the same day of re-opening the restored pavillion. Lindsay Holt at microphone. Original photograph.

Historical information

Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: 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.