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OF NEW SOUTH WALES
The History of Tottenham
The township of Tottenham originated through the discovery of copper in 1903 but went down in history in
the 1930’s when two small boys left the Tottenham Primary School on horseback to take a message to
Sydney by school relay. This message was written by the Headmaster as requested by the organisers who wanted a message from the Centre of NSW to be read at the opening of the Harbour Bridge in 1932.This message now hangs in the Mitchell Library.
Today the town services a large and diverse agricultural industry with a population of approximately 320
and a district of approximately 1000. Situated on the sealed Bogan Way which links the Newell Highway at Forbes or Parkes to the Mitchell Highway at Nyngan, this provides an alternate journey for travellers wanting to get off the highways for a relaxed scenic experience.
The Tottenham community are very special, supporting many local organisations that all help to make the town a great place to live and visit. Organisations include – The Tottenham Welfare Council, Lions Club, C.W.A., Men’s Shed, Tourist Committee, Historical Society, Youth Club, Tidy Towns Committee, Picnic Race Club, Preschool Committee, Gymkhana Committee, Motor Cross, Pony Club, Tennis, Bowls, Golf, Cricket Committees as well as management committees for the Community Hall, Cemetery, Horse and Sports Centre, M.P.S. and Health Council.
Tottenham has participated in the N.S.W. Keep Australia Beautiful Tidy Towns Competition for 14 years with outstanding success winning many sponsored awards including Tidiest Town in N.S.W. in Category A (population up to 350). The town’s involvement in the Tidy Towns Programme has created much pride in the town and the town’s facilities.
Visitors consistently remark on the outstanding condition and appearance of the town and its facilities. Drop in and see the friendly staff at the local Information Centre should you have any questions or if you wish to sample local produce and arts and crafts.
Things to See and Do in Tottenham
Tottenham is located in a very natural bushland setting creating an ideal opportunity for visitors to do some bird watching with over 175 species of birds that have been recorded including the Red – Winged Parrot, Painted Honeyeater, Black Falcon and Zebra Finch. Take your camera and binoculars on a tour around Tottenham and enjoy the magnificent landscape and wildlife.
Take a photo at the exact geographical centre of NSW which is marked by a Cairn constructed from local mine slag from old Mount Royal and the Bogan River Copper Mines and is located just 34km west of town. To get there, go west along Umang Street and follow Landsdale Road to Five Ways intersection, turn left towards Condobolin and the Cairn is on the left several kilometres along this road. The location is 147 1’56” E, 32 9’47” S for GPS navigators.
View the Tottenham Hotel which is located in the centre of the town and has been lovingly restored to its original 1931 condition. Its balcony has impressive views of the main street and visitors are always welcome at the bar for a chat with the locals.
Also, a visit to the Tottenham Tourist Information Centre is a must. This is a community run initiative and your one stop shop for information on the Tottenham area, local arts and crafts and souvenirs from the Centre of NSW. The local volunteers will make sure that your visit to Tottenham is unforgettable. The Tottenham Tourist Committee also host guided bus tours so to make arrangements ask at the information centre or email [email protected]
Visitors are encouraged to Tottenham to enjoy the many annual sporting and recreational events or activities.
Some important months for events are...
- Open Swimming Carnival in February
- Tottenham Picnic Races in March
- Agricultural Expo in March
- Ladies Golf Tournament in June
- Men’s Golf Tournament in June
- Tottenham Junior Tennis Tournament in June & July
- Tottenham Men’s & Ladies Veterans Day in July
- Centre of N.S.W. Classis Pairs Bowls on the October long weekend
- Tottenham Horse Sports & Gymkhana in October
Accommodation in Tottenham
Tottenham has good accommodation opportunities with a beautifully restored Tottenham Hotel and a
well-appointed “Centre of N.S.W” Caravan Park, with a sewerage dumping facility for caravans and
Camping is available at the Showgrounds by booking with Lyn Brown ph: 6892 4097.
For more information:
Visit the Tottenham website www.tottenhamnsw.com.au
Contact The Tottenham Tourist Committee via email [email protected] or phone
John Medcalf on 0429 937 248.
Contact the Tottenham Welfare Council via
email [email protected] or
phone Noel Bennett on 02 6892 4260.