Welcome to Tarnagulla.com
Dedicated to the history of Tarnagulla
Tarnagulla is a small rural town situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, central Victoria, Australia. It is a town founded on the excitement and hope of the Victorian Gold rush and quickly developed into a thriving community.
Many large company gold mines employed scores of miners at their peak and many large gold nuggets were found. It was a town of enormous wealth for some.
Over the years as gold became less plentiful many turned to farming and other pursuits.
With a colorful history, Tarnagulla today is a quiet town with a population of only a few hundred. The following pages provide an insight into some of the history of Tarnagulla through photos, historic records, stories, articles from local papers and more. There are always new articles and records to be included and we are working towards getting as many of these online as possible. It is our hope that anybody with articles or photos of interest would also submit them for inclusion. In this way it is our aim to make this site a living resource for those of us interested in the township of Tarnagulla and to preserve our history for future generations.
Tarnagulla today still has the charm and character of a town with a rich history and is well worth a visit. Many of the towns historic buildings still remain, as do remains of many of the mining sites - which will reward the visitor who takes the time to stop and have a look around. Township maps can be downloaded here and a walking tour found here.
Photos of Tarnagulla today.
Upcoming - Strictly Vintage Fair - Oct 2016
We're proud to announce the 2016 Tarnagulla Strictly Vintage Fair will be held this year on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October. Preparations are coming along well. As you can see, the list of events and attractions this year is long, and we should have a really enjoyable day or two in the old town. Our History Display is also coming together very well. This year, and in addition to our ever increasing displays, we will be featuring a selection of old class photos from the Tarnagulla State School and other local schools. These will definitely attract a fair bit of attention. As well as this, there will be a range of historic artefacts for us to enjoy. We would love to hear from you if you have anything to contribute - and look forward to seeing you there.
The full size programme can be downloaded here.
More information can be found on our 'Upcoming Events' page.
Tarnagulla's Golden History - Part 3
We are pleased to announce that the next book in David Gordon's Tarnagulla's Golden History series is now available. This is the third publication in the ongoing series and nicely complements the earlier Parts 1 and 2.
This third book is subtitled "Progress, Development and the Big Miners - 1869 to 1890". The 22-year time-frame encompassed by the book focuses on a period when many of Tarnagulla's early-days gold rush diggers were no longer youthful and their colonial-born sons and daughters were already picking up the reins and beginning to play an increasingly important part in Tarnagulla's public affairs and events. This new-found maturity also extended to the development of the town itself.
But it was gold fever that would always be the biggest and most alluring factor of all, and increasingly large companies were formed to sink even deeper shafts and to erect even more powerful machinery. The lure of the tonnes of gold of those early years, especially from the by-then fabled Poverty Reef, would entice investment in company mining shares from smooth-talking mining promoters down to the diggers themselves who could hardly afford to make even small investments. But buy shares they somehow managed to do.
This book is much larger than the earlier editions in the series, containing 186 pages with many photographs and other illustrations.
The cost to you is $27 postage included, and you can email David direct at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to make arrangements to buy a copy.
I can't recommend this publication highly enough! (Ed.)
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