Tambar Springs, New South Wales

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Tambar Springs
New South Wales
War memorial, claimed to be the first World War I memorial in Australia
Tambar Springs is located in New South Wales
Tambar Springs
Tambar Springs
Coordinates 31°21′0″S 149°50′0″E / 31.35000°S 149.83333°E / -31.35000; 149.83333Coordinates: 31°21′0″S 149°50′0″E / 31.35000°S 149.83333°E / -31.35000; 149.83333
Population 540 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2381
LGA(s) Gunnedah Shire Council
State electorate(s) Tamworth
Federal Division(s) Parkes, New England

Tambar Springs is a town in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is in the Gunnedah Shire Council local government area, 417 kilometres (259 mi) north west of the state capital, Sydney. At the 2011 census, Tambar Springs and the surrounding area had a population of 540.[1]

Tambar Springs was opened up for grazing in the 1830s. Closer settlement began in 1868 and the village was proclaimed twenty years later in 1888.[2] Tambar Springs claims to have the earliest memorial to World War I servicemen in Australia. The memorial was erected in December 1918 at a total cost of 400.[3]

In addition, Tambar Springs also had the largest number of men per capita enlisted in the army in the commonwealth, over both world wars.

Nearby Tambar Springs is a significant palaeontology site; a typical Pleistocene assemblage. Between 1979 and 1984, the Australian Museum excavated a complete Diprotodon skeleton as well as a pelvis and femur.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tambar Springs (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 April 2015.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Tambar Springs, New South Wales". AboutAustralia.com.su. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  3. ^ McLean, Ron (11 November 2001). "Battle still raged as village paid homage" (PDF). Namoi Valley Independent. Namoi Valle. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 27, 2008. Retrieved 2009-01-11. 
  4. ^ "Tambar Springs Palaeontological Site, Mullaley Rd, Tambar Springs, NSW, Australia (Place ID 103557)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. Retrieved 2009-01-11.