Friday, 8 June 2007
Tweed Valley - Tumbulgum
In the 1860s, a settlement grew where the Tweed and Rous Rivers meet, and in its hey-day, in the mid 1880s, was given the name of Tumbulgum ( pronounced Tum-BUL-gm) , a Bundjalung word for "meeting place of the waters". However, when the railway came to the town of Murwillumbah, a little further upstream, Tumbulgum settled into becoming a quiet river village.
There are some gorgeous old houses in the village, and a tavern still stands on the site of the original tavern of the 1870s. Most buildings are up on stilts as the Tweed River has experienced many floods.
The 1954 flood was one of the worst on record, as it was in many places in New South Wales. This flood marker shows the level the Tweed River reached at Tumbulgum.
Just the right place to put the toilets!