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Tamworth Powerstation Museum

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Published May 18th 2015
The history of electricity in Australia
Tamworth, power station, Museum,showroom.
Tamworth Powerstation Museum.

In 1888, Tamworth became the First town to have Municipal Electric Street lighting in Australia and the Tamworth Powerstation Museum celebrates this historic achievement and the electrical items that followed.

So if you are in Tamworth or just passing through and need a short break then why not stop in at 216 Peel Street, Tamworth and have a look around. They are open Wednesday to Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Tamworth, powerstation, Museum, Street light.
Street Light.
The Tamworth Powerstation Museum opened in 1988 (The first all electrical museum in Australia). It features displays recording the history of electricity and items reflecting the impact of the development of electricity on modern society.

The Museum includes a replica of the first power station building which was constructed on this site in 1888. The original 1907 Municipal Electric Showroom building has been refurbished to display a range of unique exhibits including a pictorial history about the early development of electricity.

Tamworth, powerstation, Museum
Display Items
The museum also displays significant collections of 20th
century electric appliances used for heating, cooling, cleaning, cooking and entertainment, together with one of the largest collections of electric light bulbs in Australia. As well as machinery and technical instruments.

The highlight of any visit to the museum are the two John Fowler steam driven engines, the only two of their type operating in the
world and working replicas of the 1888 Crompton Pattern No 15 Dynamos which represent the beginnings of electric street lighting in Tamworth.

During the Country Music Festival and at intervals during the year, visitors can experience the excitement of the engines in operation, simulating the early days of power generation in

The "History and development of Electricity" is a unique feature of the Tamworth Powerstation Museum. This includes a special pictorial display of the pioneers of electricity and their discoveries, leading to the modern electrical world we live in today.

Tamworth, powerstation, Museum
Sign of the times.
The Museum has working displays including a generator that demonstrates the principal of Michael Faraday's first
dynamo, and a working installation of the electric telegraph - the first practical use of electricity.
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Why? The history of electricity in Australia
When: Wednesday to Saturday 9.00 am to 1.00 pm
Phone: 02 6767 5248
Where: Powerstation Museum
Cost: From $5.00 per Adult
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