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Tingha  New South Wales

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You can still visit the old tin-diggings that helped this small town with the derivative name of Tingha prosper for a short time as one of the biggest producers in the state in the 1890s. Testament to its prosperity, Tingha had the first tin dredge in Australia. About 27km south-east of Inverell, Tingha retains a poignant reminder of the days when Chinese miners made up about a third of the 6000 population - the long-standing Wing Hing Long Emporium, which today sells more in the way of memorabilia than the sometimes exotic wares that it offered the cashed-up miners back in the 19th century. Tingha was proclaimed a town in 1885 and the first school went up in Diamond Street in 1891. If you’re into fossicking, a visit to the Inverell Lapidary Club display next to the Tourism Centre in Campbell Street, Inverell, is highly recommended. The local lapidarians will fill you in on the local gemstones and the pick of the fossicking fields..


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