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Welcome to the Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group website.

miner logoHill End & Tambaroora were important gold mining towns in the Central West of New South Wales, closely associated with the Turon and Macquarie Rivers.  In its heyday in the 1870s the district had a population of over 7000 people.

Members of the Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group (HEATGG) are descendants of these early settlers. Some have been collecting the family and local history of the area for many years. This site is the result of many hours of work by a small but dedicated group of volunteers within the Group who have now helped make these resources available. Encompassing a fairly compact area we are fortunate enough to have a veritable goldmine of  information relating to the region.

Our membership is world wide and as we do not have a central meeting place, other than the annual Gathering,  we have made this website our “library” – now accessible 24/7!

To find out where Hill End & Tambaroora are in relation to Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee and Sofala refer to our maps. Other gold mining towns within the region are Hargraves (Louisa Creek), Avisford, Chambers Creek, Pyramul, Palmers Oakey, Sallys Flat, Wattle Flat, Burrendong and Stuart Town.

Keep up to date with what is happening in Hill End, or within the Group as well as items of interest relating to the area on our “What’s New” page.

We welcome new members who have a serious interest in the area or who have ancestors who may have spent some time in the district. To allow us to list your family interests on our website please read our membership page and send us as many details as you can about your ancestors.

Maybe you can assist other researchers and you may find new branches of the family. Check out the “Can you help?” page.

Explore our Resources where you will find books, websites and links to help you, as well as information about the music, poetry and, coming soon, the art of the district. On the Database page we present a selection of projects undertaken by our enthusiastic volunteers. They have prepared indexes to previously un-indexed publications about the area in which many names and locations are mentioned. If your ancestor did not come to the notice of officialdom in the NSW Birth, Death and Marriage records then you may find their names in the 1891 Census Enumerators booksPetitions or Mining Records (coming soon)  . These have been transcribed by our volunteers, from original records held by State Records of NSW as well as copies of documents held in private collections.

The Gathering Group has also produced a number of books on family history in the district and details of these publications, including those that are available for purchase are on our Publications page. Our Newsletter can also be accessed here too.

Organizing a reunion in Hill End is a great way to celebrate your ancestors’ links to this historic gold town. Planning is essential so check out the tips in our “About Hill End” page. Even if you are just visiting the Village on your own check out the accommodation options here as well.

The Annual Gathering Reunion, held in March every year at Rhodes Rotary Park, Killoola St, Concord is a great opportunity to bring the family together to celebrate their ancestry and meet others with a similar interest. Full details are on our Activities page as well.

A website about Hill End & Tambaroora would not be complete without reference to the Holtermann Collection of Photographs held by the State Library of New South Wales. Here, you may just find a photograph of your ancestor, their house or their business premises. Hill End today has not been forgotten either.  We have a selection of contemporary photographs of the village and surrounds as well as historical photographs from personal collections held by our members.

If you have any enquiries please contact us and we will respond as soon as possible. This website has been produced with the financial assistance provided in the form of a grant from Bathurst Regional Council.

Lorraine Purcell

Convener