Tumbulgum residents prepare for town's 150th birthday
TUMBULGUM is a small village with big ambitions.
The 150th anniversary celebrations launched this month, with excitement building to the main event on November 12.
In July a tree-planting was held at Bluey Hill Park, the birthplace of Tumbulgum, originally Tweed Junction.
Tumbulgum Celebrates 150 Years project manager Robert Budd said a launch party was on at Tumbulgum Tavern on August 16.
"The 150th is coming together - it's a big celebration," he said.
"Later on, there'll be some workshops at schools to build lanterns for the Tweed River Festival lantern parade - a highlight of celebrations on November 12.
"November 12 is the main celebration day, when a monument will be unveiled in Bluey Hill Park."
Robert and his wife Trish retired to North Tumbulgum four years ago.
"My family were among the early pioneering families," he said.
"The year 1866 was when the first selectors came to the Tweed.
"Access was difficult and the river was the main means of transport. Tweed Junction became the main village centre in the Tweed Valley."
Tumbulgum was the main settlement supporting timber-getters and early settlers in the Tweed Valley, prior to the establishment of Murwillumbah.
Little remains of the original settlement on the northern banks of the Tweed and Rous (North Arm) rivers.
In 1880 the village originally named The Junction was changed to Tumbulgum.
This was claimed to mean "meeting place of the waters" in an Aboriginal language, but others claimed translations included "a large fig" or "wild fig tree".
Today, the picturesque village has views over cane farms to the foothills of the Caldera located just off the Tweed Valley Way.