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Welcome to
Calala cottage museum

The Museum is a collection of buildings housing Tamworth Historical Society’s vast collection of objects, photographs, agricultural equipment and ephemera which tell the story of Tamworth.  On site are two original buildings, the town house of the first Mayor of Tamworth, Philip Gidley King, an original shepherd’s hut, and a number of buildings which have been moved onsite from the local area. 

Enjoy a guided tour from a local!

Tamworth Historical Society dedicated volunteers look forward to exchanging stories and answering all your questions.

Neil & Fiona

Amazing. Thanks to John for showing us around.


Good to see old Tamworth again.

Louise & Mark

Wonderful display and tour. We loved it.  Very interesting.

Jeremy & Tara

What a wonderful place to come visit & see all of this wonderfully presented stuff.

Paul & Erica

Very thorough walk through history – learned a lot. Thank you.

Margaret & Ken

Fabulous conducted tour by Peter.

Museum Collections

Discover how people lived, worked, celebrated, studied, ate, cooked and dressed in days long gone.

Slab Hut

An original Australian Agricultural Company (Goonoo Goonoo) shepherd's hut.


First Mayor of Tamworth, P G King, built 'Calala' as his townhouse in 1875.


Dalyville is a relocated slab building from Currabubula, c. 1868.

Gate House

Tamworth Historical Society Inc. office, archive and research library. 

Moonbi Beehive School

Built in 1884, original Moonbi School.

Coach House

The Coach House features items from the horse drawn era.

Hill Collection

Items from the Hill family, gathered by Edwin Hill in Borneo and Papua New Guinea from 1916 to 1951.

King Collection

A collection of national as well as local significance, spanning five generations of the King family.

Blacksmiths Shop

A working blacksmiths featuring items belonging to Angus Martin, blacksmith and wheelwright, Dungowan, 1909.

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