T is for Talbot, Victoria; Talbingo, New South Wales; and Tenterfield, New South Wales

Continuing the A-Z of Australian country towns with attendant haiku, today is the letter T.

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This ‘living ghost town’ is home to the regionally acclaimed Talbot Farmers Market which swells the town’s population from a couple of hundred to a couple of thousands every third Sunday of the month. From what began as a gold mining town, this centre has found its niche in the 21st century.

The original town of Talbingo was flooded to make way for the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric scheme. Undaunted, the townspeople simply moved the town to a safer location. It is now the stepping off point for water sports on the nearby Blowering and Talbingo Dams during summer and for snow-skiing in the winter.

Tenterfield earned its place in Australia’s history as the birthplace of federation. It was here that discussions first began to consider amalgamating the disparate states into one commonwealth. More recently, the town is recognised for its association with the “Boy from Oz”, Peter Allen. More importantly, for me, my husband was born here.

From gold to produce,
Talbot’s riches change with time.a
Wealth through healthy lives.

Permanent flooding
could not hold their spirits down –
Up stakes, move the town.

Dear Love of my life,
family ties take you back –
to Tenterfield folk.

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