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New South Wales
Tabulam PO 2010.jpg
Tabulam Post Office, Court Street
Tabulam is located in New South Wales
Coordinates28°53′00″S 152°34′00″E / 28.88333°S 152.56667°E / -28.88333; 152.56667Coordinates: 28°53′00″S 152°34′00″E / 28.88333°S 152.56667°E / -28.88333; 152.56667
Population470 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation130 m (427 ft)[3]
LGA(s)Kyogle Council/Tenterfield Shire[4]
State electorate(s)Lismore[5]
Federal Division(s)

Tabulam is a rural village in the far north-east of New South Wales, Australia, 800 kilometres from the state capital, Sydney. Tabulam is located on the Bruxner Highway (Highway 44) between Tenterfield and Casino and on the Clarence River. According to the 2016 census, there were 470 people living in Tabulam.[1] The main village is administered by Kyogle Council, while the section of Tabulam west of the Clarence River is part of Tenterfield Shire.


The name Tabulam is derived from Bundjalung Dahbalam.[7]


Originally, Tabulam and the surrounding farm and bushland was inhabited by Bundjalung Aboriginals of which many still inhabit the town and surrounding area.

British colonisation of the land first occurred in 1840 when pastoral squatters Peter Cunningham Pagan and his brother-in-law William Tucker Evans chose the site for a sheep station. The forced displacement of the local Bundjalung from their lands led to a period of frontier conflict. On 24 April 1841, Pagan was clubbed to death after a failed attempt to shoot some Aboriginals who had taken items from his homestead.[8] The killing of this well-known pastoralist prompted a lengthy series of reprisals against the local Bundjalung clans led by Henry Oakes, the regional crown lands commissioner. With his Border Police troopers and several armed volunteers including local squatters Edward Ogilvie and John Mylne, Oakes set out on a three stage punitive expedition which resulted in the killing of at least 15 Bundjalung people and the destruction of five Aboriginal camp-sites. During these raids Ogilvie and Oakes also kidnapped six children.[9] Conflict in the upper reaches of the Clarence River continued up until at least the late 1860s.

Tabulam is the birthplace of Lieutenant General Sir Harry Chauvel of the Australian Light Horse.[10]

During World War II tank traps were built in the area near Paddys Flat, to repel a potential armoured attack.[11] More of the tank traps became visible after flooding of the Clarence River in 2011.[11]


Tabulam has a large Indigenous population with a number of Indigenous villages surrounding the local area. The main one being Jubullum Village which is the home to the Tabulum Turtle Divers rugby team. This village is located on the Rocky River and has around 130-150 people.[12] Local cultural leaders and artists live in this village and a team of locals maintains the lawns and houses.


Tabulam has a number of recreational activities.

Tabulam Golf Course is located near the Clarence river at Tabulam.[13] It is a 9 hole bush-land course. The course is maintained by volunteers. It is open to the public.

Tabulam hosts an annual Spring Racing Carnival, occurring each year on the Saturday following the Melbourne Cup. The Tabulam racecourse is managed by the Tabulam Jockey Club. The Tabulam Races are held at the local racetrack, located approximately 1 km south of the township, on the bank of the Clarence River. The 5 race carnival culminates with the Tabulam Cup, a 2220m race.[14]

White-water rafting, camping, fishing, bushwalking and other nature activities are available at the town. A local company offers weekend or single day river adventures, with guides and the opportunity to spot a platypus or wedge-tailed eagle.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tabulam (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ Australia Post. "Australia Post - Postcode Search -Tabulam". Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Tabulam Post Office". Monthly rainfall. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  4. ^ a b c "Tabulam". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  5. ^ Electoral Commission NSW (4 April 2008). "LISMORE". Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  6. ^ a b Australian Electoral Commission (24 September 2009). "Localities - Federal Electorate Search: Tabulam". Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  7. ^ Sharpe, Margaret. "Bundjalung". Macquarie Aboriginal Words. Sydney: Macquarie Library. p. 21.
  8. ^ "In Memoriam". Australian Town And Country Journal. XXIX, (750). New South Wales, Australia. 24 May 1884. p. 19. Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "DOMESTIC INTELLIGENCE". The Sydney Herald. XII, (1291). New South Wales, Australia. 9 July 1841. p. 2. Retrieved 12 October 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Tabulam". Travel Promote. Archived from the original on 19 April 2001. Retrieved 2 November 2006.
  11. ^ a b Dunn, Peter. "TANK TRAPS NEAR TENTERFIELD, NSW DURING WW2". Retrieved 20 May 2013.
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  14. ^ Tabluam Jockey Club

External links[edit]

Media related to Tabulam, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons

Tabulam travel guide from Wikivoyage