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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 community volunteers from the Tarnagulla Public Hall Committee, on behalf of the Loddon Shire Council.

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

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

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1330 items

1330 items

Photograph: Mr and Mrs Crossley of Newbridge - Mr and Mrs Crossley of Newbridge

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph, image depicting a man and woman standing in front of a weatherboard wall. Accompanying note indicates the subjects are Mr Joe Crossley and his wife (name unknown) of Newbridge . This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1960s.

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Murray Comrie Collection.

Article: Headframe Signals Underround Search

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Clipping from Bendigo Advertiser

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David Gordon 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.

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Murray Comrie Collection.

Registration of Birth form - /

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Registration of Birth form for: Child's name: William Henry (or Hein or Heinz) Zimmerman Date of Birth: section missing Place of birth: section missing Father: Henry (or Hein or Heinz) Zimmerman Mother: Maria Zimmerman (nee Ranger)

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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.

Receipt: W. Jackson of Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A receipt from a Melbourne newsagent for goods purchased by Mr. W. Jackson of Commercial Road, Tarnagulla , apparently on 12.10.16. Goods were a camera and some brooch frames.

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Murray Comrie Collection.

Photograph: Men in a mining area - Men in a mining area

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph depicting men in a mining area in or near Tarnagulla.

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Murray Comrie Collection. This is a dark copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1960s.

Copy of application for new school at Tarnagulla (1869)

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Copy of documents constituting an application for new school at Tarnagulla (1869). Includes a letter from Charles Randall to the Board of Education, a list of furniture and requisites needed, and multi-page application form including a list of parents and their children who wish to attend the school. Copy, not original.

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Donald Clark Collection.

Borough of Tarnagulla, Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee Medal

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

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David Gordon Collection. Made to commemorate Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887.

Unpublished manuscript: Sandy Creek 1852, Tarnagulla 1861 - History of the Goldfields - Sandy Creek 1852, Tarnagulla 1861 - History of the Goldfields

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

An unpublished research manuscript with title 'Sandy Creek 1852, Tarnagulla 1861 - History of the Goldfields' by Donald Clark. Plastic spiral bound.

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Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph: Class of 1930, Tarnagulla School

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A sepia photograph of children seated at desks in a classroom in Tarnagulla State School. Names given on reverse are: Left to right Front row: Elsie Calder, Eric Ousley, Alf Hutchins, Bern Fotheringham, Cliff Hutching, Andy Heraud, Ethel Ramm. 2nd row: Cliff Paulson, Mal Banks, Fred Urquhart, Harry Castleman, May Gedling, George Riordan, Ethel Gedling. 3rd row: Alan Hutchins, ________ , Harry Ramm, Bob Banks, Jess Saunders, Rita Williams, Mary Benson. 4th row: Gill McNamee, Norris Riordan, Heather Fotheringham, Sheila McNamee, Mary Duggan, Bill Goltz, Keith Castleman.

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Donald Clark Collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

Names written on reverse.

Handwritten statement: District boundaries - Boundaries

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A handwritten statement on lined paper relating to boundaries of the Special Licensing District of the Northern Circuit (court). Note on lower section states that the statement 'was pasted on cover of License Register Petty Sessions Sandy Creek 1860'.

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Murray Comrie Collection.

Telegram

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Telegram sent from Tarnagulla Telegraph Office from Newman & Burstall to James Robertson, Labour Office, Barker Street, Castlemaine. Text reads 'Don't engage a man for us if you have not done so. reply immediately I will pay'.

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A large lot of papers, including this and many other telegrams, 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.

Newspaper cartoon: "Pot 'F Gold!'

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A newspaper cartoon probably from the Bendigo Advertiser, date unknown. Depicts a miner with a detector looking at a sign saying 'Tarnagulla' and a Leprechaun who is saying 'I'm here to replenish me pot 'f gold!'.

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Donald Clark Collection.

Telegram

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

From American Stove Depot

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David Gordon Collection.

Name tag for Tarnagulla Reunion

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Name - Lorna Armstrong. Appears to be associated with THA-2020.0319 (clipping about Back To Tarnagulla event 1964).

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David Gordon Collection.

Research file: Condensed History of the Tarnagulla Branch of the Country Women's Association 1938-1994 - Condensed History of the Tarnagulla Branch of the Country Women's Association 1938-1994

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

An unpublished research report with title 'Condensed History of the Tarnagulla Branch of the Country Women's Association 1938-1994' by Donald Clark.

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Donald Clark Collection.

Brochure: Strictly Vintage Fair, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

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David Gordon Collection.

Receipt: A.C. & J. Hamilton, Newbridge

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

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David Gordon Collection.

News clipping: History Is Part of Lorna's Life - But Far From the Only Part - History Is Part of Lorna's Life - But Far From the Only Part

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Page from The Bendigo Advertiser, of March 12, 1988, with article titled 'History Is Part of Lorna's Life - But Far From the Only Part'. Discusses the museum established by Lorna Goltz in the former Masonic Lodge building in Tarnagulla.

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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.

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Donald Clark Collection.

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.

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Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the late 1960s.

Research file: Bet Bet Shire rates 1864-1994 - Research file: Bet Bet Shire rates 1864-1937

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Green display book. Also contains list of rates embezzled by Shire Secretary and Rate Collector Frank Cheetham in 1898-99.

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David Gordon Collection. Compiled by David Gordon.

Newspaper excerpt - The Advertiser (Maryborough) - The Advertiser (Maryborough)

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Four-page excerpt from The Advertiser newspaper of February 27, 1950 collected for article 'Large Crowd At Switch-On' about a ceremony at Tarnagulla Public Hall in which electricity was turned on for the first time in the town.

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Don Clark Collection.

Research file: Inglewood Advertiser - Inglewood Advertiser

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A red binder containing photocopied excerpts from the Inglewood Advertiser newspaper, compiled by amateur historian Donald Clark and Bill Goltz. Contents relating to Tarnagulla and district have been highlighted in pink.

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Donald Clark Collection

Photograph: Lights on Soldiers Memorial, Tarnagulla

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A monochrome photograph of star-shaped lights installed on the top of the Soldiers Memorial in Tarnagulla. This was done as part of Back To Tarnagulla in 1931. Copy photograph.

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Donald Clark Collection.

Photograph of Treloar's Foundry employees demonstrating a stump extractor - Treloar's Foundry employees demonstrating a stump extractor

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph of a large crowd of people watching a stump-removal demonstration in a bush setting.

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Murray Comrie Collection. This photograph shows the Treloar Foundry employees (possibly Henry Treloar with hand resting on the stump extractor) conducting a demonstration of their tree and stump extracting device on a farm in Inglewood while a large crowd watches. Information collated by Murray Comrie: H.W. (Henry) Treloar was a native of Redruth in Cornwall, where he was born in 1811. He worked as a blacksmith in his father's Cornwall foundry and then in 1840 went to work in Cuba as a foreman smith to the Royal Santiago Copper Mining Co. Returning to England in 1851 he remained for two years just as the reports of rich Victorian goldfields began to be heard there. He brought his family to Australia in September 1853, arriving in Geelong and then working in Heidelberg for eighteen months. He returned to Geelong to set up a business but after three months was drawn to the Maryborough goldfields, then Dunolly and then Sandy Creek (as Tarnagulla was then known), arriving in March 1855. He remained in Tarnagulla until his death. He established the Foundry in Tarnagulla in 1855 and was known as the best 'mining' smith in the district. After the decline of mining he turned to production of agricultural implements and the firm built a reputation in the field, through devices such as the 'NONPARIEL' tree and stump extractor, double furrow ploughs, seed harrows and scarifiers. On 26th October 1878 the firm won three first prizes for their implements at the North Western Agricultural Show at Inglewood. The business of Treloar & Son was taken over by the James Bros in November 1894. This photograph is a reasonable copy created from an older original, owned by Miss Doris Nicholls. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1970s.

Postcard: Newbridge Cheese Factory

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Original image made 1880-1909. Modern reprint.

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David Gordon Collection.

Photograph: Twigg residence - Invermay, Newbridge - Twigg residence - Invermay, Newbridge

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

Monochrome photograph, depicting a house with windmill and picket fence, a horse standing in front of fence. Accompanying note indicates this is the homestead called Invermay in Newbridge. Was residence of Twiggs. This is a reasonable copy of an older original. Copy probably made by Murray Comrie in the 1960s.

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Murray Comrie Collection.

Draft for telegram

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

To Mr. Simpson, Simpsons Hotel, Dunolly, from Charles Taylor, ___ Engineer

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David Gordon Collection.

Business docket: Tarnagulla Service Station and Garage

Tarnagulla History Archive, Tarnagulla

A paper business docket from C.V. James' Tarnagulla Service Station and Garage.

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Donald Clark Collection.