The Northern Daily Leader wants to celebrate the 200-year anniversary of explorer John Oxley reaching the Peel River.
The city is now gearing up to celebrate the bicentenary of European Tamworth, after Oxley entered into the ancient lands of the Kamilaroi, accompanied by his competent deputy George William Evans with a party of 14, largely convicts, together with 19 pack-horses, on September 2, 1818.
Many people of all walks of life have made important contributions to the history and culture of Tamworth.
Who’s made the list so far?
- Max Ellis – Tamworth Country Music Festival founder
- Ray Hull – Tamworth beekeeper
- Ron Croxon – Melbourne Cup official engraver
- Nerridah Prentice – McGrath nurse
- Phyl Bylund – charity worker, world traveller and centenarian
- Peter Ross – entertainment venues manager
- Lucy Haslam – medical marijuana campaigner
- Michael York – Hockey Australia Hall of Famer
- Ray Hare – Calala’s pasta master
- Bob Chapman, RSL Sub-branch president
- Bob Barber, sports stalwart
- Helen Tickle, Tamworth regional deputy mayor
- Wes and Julie Brown, dairy farmers
- Anna Rose, country music writer
- Ray Tait, NSW Ambulance inspector
- Mandy Porter, Tamworth prison officer
- Greg Townsend, rodeo rider, butcher and TPAA president
- Fiona Coote, heart transplant recipient and philanthropist
- Ernest Noel (Noel) Park, politician and soldier
- Kevin Tongue – NSW Farmers Tamworth branch chair
- Jim Finucane – Community advocate
- Vic Underwood – The life of a Tunnel Rat in the Vietnam War
- James Treloar – council stalwart
- Charles Jeffries Britten – baker, brewer, businessman
- Robyn Daley – dry cleaner
- George Byrnes – first European child born in Tamworth
- Philip Quast – actor and teacher
- Joseph Chaffey – first Chaffey to Tamworth
- Mary-Anne Dieckmann – palliative care worker
- Nathan Cohen – auctioneer, grazier and councillor
- William Dowel – builder of Tamworth
- Emma Klasen – teen sprinter
- Mark Ferguson – journalist
- James Dwyer – “Chief Constable” for the Liverpool Plains Crown Lands District
- Eddie Whitham – multicultural advocate
- Margaret Rock – The face of Daffodil Day
- Kylie Gillies – journalist and television personality
- Warren Woodley – businessman and council stalwart
- Brian Betts, Claudette Humphrys and Bill Humphrys – guardians of the past
- Elizabeth “Betsy” Johnston – first European girl born in Tamworth
- Philip Gidley King – city’s first mayor
- David “Grossy” Gross – veteran firefighter
- Greg Parker – high school teacher
- Edward Mayne – Commissioner for Crown Lands
- William Settatree – blacksmith
- Richie and Robyn Thornton – Tamworth’s real estate power couple
- William Silver – shearing machine inventor
- Charles Impey – Tamworth councillor
- Bob Wales – paramedic
- Geordie Brown – Filmmaker, politico
- Donald Munro – Munro’s Mill owner
- Alf Powell – Australia's oldest man, the late Alf Powell
- Mark Rodda – Tamworth councillor
- Robert Pringle – Landowner and grazier
- Verity Brown – professional dancer and model
- Ian Sinclair – barrister, grazier, politician and philanthropist
- Juanita Wilson – Tamworth councillor
- Rusty Crook – music producer
- Jenny May – Tamworth GP
- Josh Hazlewood – Australian cricketer
- Ben Davies – accomplished chef
Some of these contributions have been ground breaking and life changing, others have been the work of quiet achievers or quirky, fascinating characters.
Perhaps you know of someone who fits the bill.
Maybe you’re related to one of these people.
Share their story with us (150 words minimum).
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