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The memorial plaque commemorates the life Charley Tara, a native of the Gundungurra Burra Burra tribe who was a guide to explorers and settlers. Charley Tara died in 1847. 

Charley or Charlie Tarra (or Tara) was an Aboriginal guide and bush tracker, who from 1838 was employed by James Macarthur, another son of Hannibal Macarthur. Although he was said to be from the ‘Goulburn Plains Tribe’, Charley belonged to the Burra Burra clan of the Gundungurra, whose territory, wrote Charles MacAlister in Old Pioneering Days in the Sunny South (Goulburn, 1907 page 82), ranged over the area ‘from the Abercrombie to Taralga and Carrabungla’, straddling the Great Dividing Range. 
The Aboriginal People of the Burrangong Valley (2016), Jim Smith. 


Address:83 Orchard Street, Taralga Historical Society Museum, Taralga, 2580
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.398506
Long: 149.820179
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Front Inscription

To Commemorate The Life Of
           CHARLEY TARA
                 Native Of
The Gundungurra Burra Burra Tribe 
Guide And Companion To The Early 
      Explorers And Settlers.

Buried at "Richlands" 1847

Source: MA
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