Thargomindah is a significant service provider to this remote district. Nearly 200 kilomtres to any other town. Almost the ‘capitol’ of Channel Country. The town is 1,100 ks from Brisbane.
These small town boasts two significant firsts in Australia. First for street lighting and first for reticulated water. The original structures and workings are on the western edge of town. There is a working demonstration each day at 4.30 pm during the tourism period.
First town in Australia, third in the world, after Paris and London, Thargomindah produced hydroelectric power from 1898 until 1951, which then was taken over by diesel generators until 1988, and finally connected to the national power grid supplied from Cunnamulla. The old bore was source of energy when electric street lights where lit couple to a turbine driven by the bore's natural water pressure. The generator was taken from a unit powered by a steam engine and purchased by the Bulloo Divisional Board becoming the first municipality owned power plant. The power station is still operating with a daily opening to the public. It is believed to be the oldest, still workable unit in Australia and possibly in the world.
Thargomindah is a small town that has some features that determines a good look over and if you catch the Hydro display an overnighter.