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Tharwa ACT

About Tharwa

Postcode: 2620

Tharwa ACT


Tharwa is a small village within the Australian Capital Territory, 35 kilometres south of Canberra, the capital city of Australia.

The village is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and at the junction of Tidbinbilla, Nass and Tharwa Roads. The main public buildings are a general store, a preschool and primary school (now closed), Saint Edmund’s Church, a cemetery, a community hall and tennis courts. The annual Tharwa Fair, hosted by the school, is held in May.

Tharwa Bridge, opened on 27 March 1895, crosses the Murrumbidgee River. Tharwa Primary School was opened soon after, in 1899. The Tharwa township narrowly avoided being burnt in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. The Tharwa community is currently facing two further challenges: closures and repairs to Tharwa Bridge due to extensive rot in its supporting timbers discovered in 2005 and the 2006-07 Australian Capital Territory budget announcement of its plans to close the Tharwa preschool and primary school at the end of 2006.

History of Tharwa

Tharwa is the oldest official settlement in the Australian Capital Territory, proclaimed a settlement in 1862. Tharwa was named after the Aboriginal word for Mount Tennent, the overlooking mountain which is part of Namadgi National Park. Mount Tennent was named after John Tennant, who was one the earliest and best-known bushrangers in the region. John Tennant lived in a hideout on the mountain behind Tharwa from which he raided local homesteads 1827-1828, before being arrested and transported to Norfolk Island.

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