Tilba, New South Wales

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Mount Gulaga and Central Tilba
A view of Central Tilba
Tilba, New South Wales.
Tilba Rifle Brigade approx 1904-1906 Clem Bate officer in front. Taken in Main Street of Central Tilba

Central Tilba and Tilba Tilba are two villages in Eurobodalla Shire, New South Wales, Australia. At the 2006 census, Central Tilba had a population of 223 people,[1] and Tilba Tilba had a population of 275 people.[2] It is the site for the television series: River Cottage Australia.

The area was originally inhabited by the Yuin Aboriginal tribe. Tilba Tilba is the original name of the district, and is said to be a Thawa Aboriginal term for "many waters".[3] The town was settled during the Australian gold rushes of the nineteenth century. It was the home town of the Bate family of political renown.

Central Tilba is located around 10 kilometres south south west of Narooma and is 60 kilometres north of Bega.[3] The entire village is classified by the National Trust as the Central Tilba Conservation Area.[4] The ABC Cheese Factory in Central Tilba was in operation from September 1891[5] until 2006 and remains a local attraction. The boutique "Tilba Club" brand of blended cheese continues to be sold from a shopfront at the factory, although it is now produced in Melbourne.[6]

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  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Central Tilba". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tilba Tilba (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Tilba Tilba". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Central Tilba". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2006-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Taken at Tilba". National Library of Australia. 1983. 
  6. ^ "Century old cheese factory changes hands". Australian Broadcasting Commission. 6 April 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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Coordinates: 36°19′S 150°04′E / 36.317°S 150.067°E / -36.317; 150.067