Welcome to Tarnagulla.org
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.
After a number of great local history events earlier in the year (the Radnell family and Waanyarra Reunions) we are very excited about the upcoming 'Out N About in Tarngaulla' event!
This is the third year that the event has been running and it promises to be one of the best yet. The event will be held over the weekend of 4th and 5th October 2014 and we are expecting good crowds to enjoy the events and displays.
The Programme can be downloaded here and more information can be found on our 'Upcoming Events' page.
Tarnagulla's Golden History - Part 2
We are extremely pleased to announce that the next book in David Gordon's Tarnagulla's Golden History series is now available. This is the second publication in the ongoing series and nicely complements Part One.
This book is sub-titled The Boom Years - 1858 to 1868, and embraces a very exciting era in Tarnagulla's history. It is the period when Tarnagulla's gold mines were at their very peak, when the town quickly escalated from canvas tent to solid brick and when the population numbered in the thousands.
The book contains 123 pages and features many high-quality photographic restorations and other interesting images. It also contains a comprehensive index.
If you would like to order a copy, then please feel free to contact David directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. David has been able to hold the price down to $24, which I think is very reasonable, and he's happy to put a copy in the mail to you immediately, postage included.
The book will also be available at the Out 'N' About in Tarnagulla History Day on the 6th October and you will also be able to have a chat to David in person.
I can't recommend this publication highly enough!
Tarnagulla.org site overview
Within the Tarnagulla.org web site we have a large amount of material available as outlined below. This can be accessed via the main menu at the top of each page as well as via the following links.