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In 1888, Tamworth became the first city in Australia to be lit by municipal electric street lighting.
This important moment in national local history is celebrated at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum – Australia's only dedicated electrical museum.
Established in 1988, it is located on the site where the 1888 steam engines powered the street lighting system. The 1907 Power Station/Municipal Electric Showroom building has been refurbished to display a range of unique exhibits.
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. The Powerstation Museum is also home to the Veness Letter Book, an item of documentary heritage which was inscribed to the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register in 2019.
Open Wednesday to Saturday, 9am to 1pm, or by appointment.
School, group and coach bookings welcome by appointment.
Museum Volunteers are available to provide a guided tour