Events related to the History of Tarnagulla

Upcoming Events

Tarnagulla 'Out "N" About' - 3rd & 4th October 2015.

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Our Out 'n' About in Tarnagulla weekend will be held on 3 and 4 October, and I hope you're all getting ready to come along and join in with us in the historic old town.
The Tarnagulla History Group has again been hard at it and is well prepared. You can expect to see some very interesting new historical material as well as our usual display of photographs, documents, ephemera and a wide assortment of other items. For instance, I have copies of extracts from the Borough of Tarnagulla rate books for a number of years during the late 1880s, and I know this will provide hours of interesting browsing for quite a few of you. This is just a small sample of our research material.
As a special feature this year, Mary Balle is coming out from the USA with copies of her new book, From Ireland to Oz. I have previously told you that Mary has a special connection with Tarnagulla. She is a great-great niece of one of Tarnagulla's first hotel-keepers, Kate Kirwan. The Rising Sun Hotel was initially licenced by Kate and her husband in 1854, followed by the Halfway Hotel near the cemetery, and finally the old Maidentown Hotel at Llanelly.
Mary has spent a lot of time in the Tarnagulla district over the years in researching her family's history, and I'm sure her new book will make a very welcome addition to Tarnagulla's historical records - as well as being a ripping good read. I know you will all make Mary welcome.
As you also know, Barbara Thomson will display her W.M.Davies Family (of the Victoria Hotel) photographic collection, and you will be able to see her original old images which are in excellent condition considering their age. Of special interest will be a programme of events for a fund-raising concert held at Newbridge in 1893. This beautiful program has been printed on silk cloth by Thomas Page of the Tarnagulla Courier, and is of real historical importance. Barbara also has a photograph of several of the actors in the concert, two of whom would become her great grandparents – Emma Davies and Thomas Leonard!
I hope that as many of you as possible are able to get to Tarnagulla for our big weekend, and I look forward to catching up personally with many of you after another 12 months of exchanging e-mails, phone calls, etc.
See you there!

Past Events

Tarnagulla 'Out "N" About' - 4th & 5th October 2014.

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We have attached a Programme which provides you with all the details of the Out and About in Tarnagulla on 4th and 5th October 2014.
You will see from the Programme that the local Committee members have all worked long and hard at putting together an exciting schedule of events, and for our part I'm sure our History Group members will turn up in force to support our old town.
You will note from the Programme that the hall will be opened on the Saturday afternoon (4th October) during which time we will be finishing the set-up of our history display. If you're around on that day, then please drop and say hello. There might even be a cuppa available.
Our main History Day will be the Sunday 5th October, and this promises to be another special day with a lot of new material for you to look at. Interest in Tarnagulla's history remains as strong as ever, and we constantly receive queries and feedback from all over Australia.
This year will be a year of book launches. Ken Arnold will be launching his book ‘Tarnagulla Revisited’ and David Gordon’s ‘Tarnagulla's Golden History Part Two’ will also be formally launched. Pre-sales of this book are very strong and feedback has been excellent.
As well as this, Cameron Clark and David Gordon will be releasing a small book featuring the restored images of the Pioneer Portraits in the Victoria Theatre. There are 92 of these portraits, and the restorations will, I am sure, be very valuable to descendants and others who have, over the years, had real difficulty in trying to take snaps of the old portraits.

Radnell Reunion - March 8th and 9th, 2014.

An update on the Radnell reunion...
It is happening on the Long weekend in March 2014 (8th and 9th). Sat 9am-4pm and then a trivia night and Sunday 10am-3pm
We are hoping to have a great turn out.
There will be lots of activities for the kids and the young at heart. Lots of information and many stories to tell. We would like to get the community involved as much as we can. We would like to encourage shops to open and people to have garage sales if they wish. We also have the C.F.A. putting on a sausage sizzle on the Sat to help them raise some money.
Please contact Kirsty & Wendy for more information (

Waanyarra Reunion - Sunday 23rd March, 2014.

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The Waanyarra Reunion is on again this year in the lovely bush setting of the Waanyarra Recreation Area on Sunday 23 March 2014. Activities include the Central Goldfields Concert Band, a raffle, fresh history displays & some great memorabilia.
David Gordon will be attending with his many resources and will sell his book 'Tarnagullas Golden History Part I', Edna & Ken Arnold will have a range of their local history books for sale and Ian & Pat Belmont will also have their excellent Tarnagulla & Waanyarra cemetery CD available. It's a great opportunity to renew old acquaintances and make new friends who have an interest in Waanyarra and its history and enjoy a good day out.
For further information please contact George Swinburne at or via the great Waanyarra Website:

Tarnagulla 'Out "N" About' - Sunday 6th October 2013.

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Here you will find the flyers and a review of our second 'Tarnagulla Out "N" About' - 2013.
Our 2013 event was bigger and better than the last and a great day had by all.

Tarnagulla 'Out "N" About' - Sunday 30th September 2012.

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The flyers and a review of the wonderful day that was 'Tarnagulla Out "N" About' 2012.
Thanks to David Gordon for the writeup.
We're looking forward to the next one already!