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 4
We are pleased to announce that the fourth and final book in David Gordon's wonderful Tarnagulla's Golden History series is now available.
Book four is much larger than the earlier books at 237 pages, and embraces the period from 1891 until 1920. It's subtitled Fluctuating Fortunes and a Time of Transition. Within the book, there are many photos and other images of people and places taken during this very important period of Tarnagulla's history. The index is extensive, so there's a good chance you'll find references to your family among the 60,000-plus words.
The period from 1891 to 1920 is perhaps the most dynamic in Tarnagulla's history. During this time, British mining investors finally became very interested in deep mining at Tarnagulla, and this was followed by a sensational series of shallow gold-rushes which broke out on a huge scale and took the district by storm. Not long after, the Great War of 1914-1918 and its aftermath would deal a blow to Tarnagulla.
All these events and many more are featured and brought into context in the book.
David's managed to keep the cost down to $29, which is a bargain-basement price for what truly is a high-quality and well produced publication. (Postage is available for an additional $10).
If you would like to purchase a copy then you can either email David directly or contact us at the web site to get in touch with him.
Tarnagulla.com site overview
Within the Tarnagulla.com 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.