Talbingo, New South Wales

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Talbingo
New South Wales
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Overlooking the Talbingo golf course towards Jounama Dam (December 2005)
Talbingo is located in New South Wales
Talbingo
Talbingo
Coordinates 35°34′0″S 148°18′0″E / 35.56667°S 148.30000°E / -35.56667; 148.30000Coordinates: 35°34′0″S 148°18′0″E / 35.56667°S 148.30000°E / -35.56667; 148.30000
Population 241 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2720
Elevation 410 m (1,345 ft)
Location 454 km (282 mi) SW of Sydney
LGA(s) Tumut Shire
County Wallace
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Riverina

Talbingo is a small town in New South Wales, Australia at the edge of the Snowy Mountains on the Snowy Mountains Highway. The town is 410 metres above sea level. It is on the Tumut River, which has been inundated by Jounama Pondage.

Talbingo resident Jack Bridle, whose family were early settlers of the area, suggests the name to be a corruption of the English word "tall" and the Aboriginal words "Binji", "Binge" or "Bingo" meaning belly. Mount Talbingo resembles the big belly of a man lying down.

History[edit]

Talbingo Post Office opened on 6 June 1898 and closed in 1913 before reopening in 1965 in its new location.[2] The original township was flooded under Jounama Pondage in 1968. The town was moved to make way for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.

Before the move, Talbingo consisted of a hotel, the station and its homestead. There was also a service station and some holiday cabins. It was a small settlement and only five families were displaced by the move.

Talbingo station was the birthplace of author Miles Franklin. The station belonged to her relatives, the Lampes, until the 1940s.

Snowy Mountains Scheme[edit]

Jounama Pondage was completed in 1968. Jounama Dam is a rockfill dam, 43.9m tall, with a crest length of 518.2m and an embankment volume of 554,500 cubic metres.[3] The modern township of Talbingo is located on the shores of Jounama and construction of the dam flooded the historic valley and Talbingo township below, which was the birthplace of author Miles Franklin and location of the Talbingo Hotel.[4]

Present status[edit]

Talbingo grew rapidly while Tumut 3 power station was built, and now has a service station, golf course, motel, primary school, general store, country club, ski hire shop, Tourist Park and the lodge has been refurbished and now has accommodation and a restaurant.

Tourism is the lifeblood of the village. Many families stop by every summer for water skiing on Talbingo or Blowering Dam, bushwalking and exploring Kosciuszko National Park. In the winter, Talbingo becomes a hub for those visiting Selwyn Snowfields and other ski fields.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Talbingo (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  3. ^ http://www.snowyhydro.com.au/LevelThree.asp?pageID=245&parentID=66&grandParentID=4
  4. ^ "Talbingo". The Age. 2004-02-08. 
  • Bridle, Jack (1979). My Mountain Country Talbingo: The Story of Its History, the Aborigines, Hume and Hovell, the Kiandra Gold Rush, Early Settlers, Miles Franklin, Talbingo Pub, and the Snowy Scheme. Talbingo Miles Franklin Memorial Committee. ISBN 0-9595285-0-4. 
  • McHugh, Siobhan (1989). The Snowy:the people behind the power. William Heinemann Australia. pp. 223–7. ISBN 0-85561-337-8. 
  • "Sydney-Talbingo". Google Maps. 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-31. 
  • "Things to do in Talbingo". 2009.