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Geography: Tamworth - is a city in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. Straddling the Peel River, Tamworth is the major regional centre for the New England region and is in the local government area of Tamworth Regional Council. Approximately 318 km (198 mi) from the Queensland border, the city is located almost midway between Brisbane and Sydney, the two largest cities on the Australian east coast. (Wiki)

Date of foundation: 1850

History: John Oxley passed through the Peel Valley in 1818 and described it as "it would be impossible to find a finer or more luxuriant country than its waters...No place in this world can afford more advantages to the industrious settler than this extensive vale". In 1831, the first sheep stations and cattle stations were formed, and in the same year the Australian Agricultural Company (AAC) was granted a lease of 127,000 hectares (310,000 acres) of land at Goonoo Goonoo, south of the present location of Tamworth, extending to present-day Calala.

In the 1830s, a company town began to develop on the Peel's southwest bank, the present site of West Tamworth. In 1850, a public town was gazetted on the opposite side of the river from the existing settlement. This town became the main town, called "Tamworth" after Tamworth, Staffordshire, represented at the time in parliament by Robert Peel. The town prospered, and was reached by the railway in 1878.

Population: 41 967

Sights: On 9 November 1888, Tamworth became the first location in Australia to have electric street lighting powered by a municipally owned power station, giving the city the title of "First City of Light". The first streetlights used in Australia were commercially owned in Waratah Tasmania in 1886.

Tamworth is also famous as the "Country Music Capital of Australia", annually hosting the Tamworth Country Music Festival in late January; the second biggest country music festival in the world. The city is recognised as the "National Equine Capital of Australia" because of the high number of equine events held in the city and the construction of the world class Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, the biggest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tamworth. Brisbane Street, Produce Store, Capitol Theatre, circa 1930
Brisbane Street, Produce Store, Capitol Theatre, circa 1930
Tamworth. Brisbane Street, Capitol Theatre, petrol station, circa 1930
Brisbane Street, Capitol Theatre, petrol station, circa 1930
Tamworth. Brisbane Street, Imperial Hotel
Brisbane Street, Imperial Hotel
Tamworth. Brisbane Street, Looking up, mid 1950s
Brisbane Street, Looking up, mid 1950s
Tamworth. Australian and New Zealand Bank, 1960's
Australian and New Zealand Bank, 1960's
Tamworth. Charles Hoeppner, Tobacco & Fancy Goods Warehouse, 1884
Charles Hoeppner, Tobacco & Fancy Goods Warehouse, 1884
Tamworth. Cockburn Shire Council Truck, circa 1930
Cockburn Shire Council Truck, circa 1930
Tamworth. JT Fossey garage, circa 1950
JT Fossey garage, circa 1950
Tamworth. Memorial Gates of Anzac Park
Memorial Gates of Anzac Park
Tamworth. Memorial Town Hall
Memorial Town Hall
Panorama of Tamworth, between 1910 and 1962
Panorama of Tamworth, between 1910 and 1962
Tamworth. Peel Street, early 1900s
Peel Street, early 1900s
Tamworth. Post Office, circa 1935
Post Office, circa 1935
Tamworth. Post Office
Post Office
Tamworth. Railway Park on Marius Street, circa 1950
Railway Park on Marius Street, circa 1950
Tamworth. Railway Station
Railway Station
Tamworth. St Paul's Church of England Denominational School, 1860s
St Paul's Church of England Denominational School, 1860s
Tamworth Ampol service station, between 1955 and 1959
Tamworth Ampol service station, between 1955 and 1959
Tamworth depot cottage, 1949
Tamworth depot cottage, 1949
Two large tanks on two trucks
Two large tanks on two trucks destined for installation at the Tamworth depot, 1947
Tamworth. View of city street and church
View of city street and church
View of scenic road from West Tamworth
View of scenic road from West Tamworth
View of Tamworth from the Oxley Scenic Lookout, 1949
View of Tamworth from the Oxley Scenic Lookout, 1949
West Tamworth train station
West Tamworth train station




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