New Education Kit

A K-6 Education Kit that links pre-visit, visit and post-visit activities to syllabus outcomes in Science and History is now available to download here.  There is also a downloadable Risk Assessment for School Groups here. Museum volunteers are available to give guided tours. The museum is a significant educational resource illustrating the history, social impact, and evolving technology and…

The Museum in the Media


How Tamworth beat the big smoke and became the first city of light

Eleri Mai Harris, based on Professor Genevieve Bell’s Boyer Lectures – October 21, 2017

The first city in Australia to use electric street lights wasn’t Sydney or Melbourne — it was Tamworth. And it all unfolded in a very Aussie kind of way.


Ronald Greer named volunteer of the year

Madeline Lewis – May 12, 2016

This week’s been all about recognising the invaluable contribution made to communities across the country by volunteers.


Leading the ChargeTamworth has been known as the ‘city of lights’ since taking the National lead on electric street lighting.

Prime 7 News – June 15, 2016, 6:39 pm





Powerstation Plan AdoptedPowerstation Plan Adopted

Madeline Lewis – June 15, 2016

A strategic plan has been adopted by council for the Tamworth Power Station Museum.



Host of BouquetsPowerstation volunteers receive host of bouquets

NDL: Jamieson Murphy – 15 Jun 2016, 9 p.m.

TAMWORTH Regional councillors have paid tribute to the “superb” volunteers at the Powerstation Museum in approving a strategic plan to secure its future.



NBN_PSMPowerstation Fires up to Celebrate Heritage

Madeline Lewis – NBN News, April 22 2016

Tamworth is known for its love of country music – however it’s also the first City of Lights in Australia. That’s been highlighted today at the Powerstation Museum, as part of council’s Heritage Festival.



Tamworth powers on

NDL – 25 April 2016

TAMWORTH was once again the City of Light on Friday, as the Powerstation Museum lit up the night with an artwork inspired by the city’s original street lighting plan.




Vintage love resurrects the past

Kelly Fuller, ABC Radio, 7 December 2015

A love of all things vintage has inspired a push to bring a new audience and new life to an important Australian museum.




NDL 21 Jan

Tamworth Powerstation Museum to fire up historic steam engines

NDL – 21 Jan 2016

THINGS are heating up at the Tamworth Powerstation Museum where locals and visitors can see two stationary, historic steam engines all revved-up, with nowhere to go.


PRIME 7 21 Jan 2016Pumping Along

Prime 7 News – 21 Jan 2016

Things heated up in Tamworth today – with two unique steam engines firing up for Country Music revellers. And they’re sending a request loud and clear… But it won’t be over the phone.



City-Of-Light-660x330City of Light Celebrates 127 Years of Street Lights

Madeline Kulk, NBN News, 9 November 2015

Tamworth may be known as Australia’s country music capital, but it’s also the national birthplace of electric street lights. The first light was switched on in 1888 and today the Tamworth community celebrated the 127th anniversary.




The Night the Lights Went On

An oral history and other stories from the Tamworth Powerstation Museum.
Written and compiled by Sally Inchbold- Busby.

This publication is an outcome of the research project undertaken by Sally Inchbold-Busby as the 2011 Powerhouse Museum Moveable Heritage Fellowship recipient.

Cover image: Sid Cross changing the light globes, Tamworth, 1933.



City of Light

A History of the Tamworth Electricity Undertaking and Peel-Cunningham County Council.
Ian R. Lobsey, 1988.





Monographs by R.W. Greer:

Ronald William Greer ASTC., FIEAust. CPEng, was the Chief Electrical Engineer to the Peel-Cunningham County Council at Tamworth, NSW. In retirement, he is a volunteer on the staff of the Tamworth Powerstation Museum. He was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2015.


 – Michael Faraday, FRS, Grand Master of Experiment


  • The Story of Light
  • From the Steam Plough Works to Tamworth
  • The Incredible Crompton
  • The Electric Telegraph
  • The Mighty Incandescent Light Bulb
  • Vincent Guy Kable 1891-1947: A Biography

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