Bicentenary calendars trace 200 years of Tamworth’s history

HISTORY: Tamworth Bicentenary coordinators Mike Cashman and Melinda Gill stand at one of the historical sites featured in the bicentenary calendar. Photo: Genevieve Smith

HISTORY: Tamworth Bicentenary coordinators Mike Cashman and Melinda Gill stand at one of the historical sites featured in the bicentenary calendar. Photo: Genevieve Smith

AN HISTORICAL timepiece that traces the development of Tamworth, from the ancient Gomeroi indigenous people to the arrival of the first Europeans, is on offer as part of the city’s bicentenary celebrations. 

Tamworth Historical Society members have compiled the calendar to document the 200 years of development of Tamworth in the first installment of bicentenary celebrations, running throughout the year.

Bicentenary coordinator Mike Cashman insists it’s not your ordinary calendar.

Cover of the bicentenary calendar, where Mr Cashman and Ms Gill stand on Peel Street.

Cover of the bicentenary calendar, where Mr Cashman and Ms Gill stand on Peel Street.

“There will be more on this calendar than any other calendar for sale in Australia,” he said.

“It is like a historical document, it captures 200 years of Tamworth.”

The $10 calendars will be for sale in Shoppingworld on Thursday, January 18, from 10am to 5pm.

They can also be purchased from Calala Cottage.

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The aim of the calendar is to embrace the diverse community that is Tamworth and celebrate the life of Tamworth and its people.

Many local organisations have contributed their events and dates for inclusion in the monthly calendar entries, providing a great cross-section of cultural life in our very diverse community.

There are also many state, national and international event dates listed throughout the year.

The calendar is the first of several projects to get off the ground by the Tamworth Bicentenary Group.

Several other significant events already in the pipeline are a 24-hour Cricket-a-thon (February 24/25), a John Oxley Re-enactment Walk (September 2), a Community Celebration Day at Bicentennial Park (September 2), a Tamworth 200 Years exhibition in Ray Walsh House (August 3 to September 7), and a Tamworth-themed Schools Poetry Competition.

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