"Tambaroora was a Town
When Hill End was just a Pup
Tambaroora will still be a Town
When Hill End is all Buggered up"

(It did not end up that way)


Origin of "The Tambaroura" area and Town

The area name Tambaroura has long been associated with the gold mining district and town located in the Central Tablelands of New South Wales, this name association had its origin an interminable time before the discovery of gold. The local aboriginal community had known the area as The "TAMBAROURA" long before, a newspaper article of 1852 described an area which according to a reporter of the day and who quote - "was given to understand by those who profess to have some knowledge of aboriginal philology gave its meaning as "sweet grass".

What has been lost in time and rarely mentioned in the history books is the fact that both the area and town names were significant places in their own right up until the early to mid 1870s. "Tambaroura" was the districts name and encompassed an area from Green Valley in the north to the Lower Turon in the south, and when referring to events or places in the area "Tambaroura" was always used to identify the locality ie., Hill End, Tambaroora or Hawkins Mount, Tambaroora.

The Town name was selected as a necessity to identify the very fast growing settlement which had become the administrative and commercial centre for the other satellite mining settlements established on the Goldfields in the district. One of which included Bald Hills later known as Hill End and could possibly explain why Tambaroora was gazetted as a Town and Hill End only ever a Village. For a short period of time the Town was referred to as Tambaroora Proper to distinguish it from the area name.

A very important point that has to be remembered in relation to reading and understanding the histories of the area is to take into consideration the identification of the early geographical features of the area. In the early days and years of the Goldfield numerous correspondents and reporters from various newspapers of the day visited and re-visited the area, their reporting was based on their own visual interpretation or information from those who had either been on the ground since the Goldfields inception or those who had only recently arrived. Not all the information was factual but in all probability was given in good faith.

Geographical names given for sites of diggings were not always accurate, an example of this is the Pastoral Lease Map of the late 1840s or early 1850s which shows Bald Hill Creek as being on the western side of Bald Hill and flowing into Tambaroora Creek just before its junction with the Macquarie River, after the discovery of gold its position had re-located to the east side of Bald Hill and flowing into the Turon River. Eventually its placement reverted back to its original locale and is officially recognised as such to this day. The Creek flowing into the Turon River was eventually named Oakey Creek. This is just one of many examples, especially where geographical features are concerned where the names have been wrongly attributed to a place or an event. This has caused confusion when trying to understand the progressive development of the district.
Many geographical names were created locally to refer to a place or an event and are not recognised officially, hence they are not recorded anywhere other then in the newspapers of the day or on this web site