"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 judicial, 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.