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The Kamilaroi people have lived in the Tamworth region for thousands of years, 

and are one of the four largest indigenous nations in Australia. 

Glimpses of Kamilaroi history is recorded in rock art preserved across the region.
Their complex language, Gamilaraay, lives on in many place names: 

Barraba means ‘a place of many yellow jacket or box trees’ and Manilla means ‘winding river’.
Calala is a ‘place of battle or a winding river’ and Goonoo Goonoo is ‘running water over rocks in times of drought’.


Below is a timeline highlighting the pinnacle events in Tamworth's history

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