The name "Tarro" reportedly means "stone" in an Aboriginal language. At the census, Tarro had a population of 1,, almost all of which is concentrated in the south-western corner of the suburb. Tarro and the adjacent suburbs of Beresfield, Woodberry and Thornton are situated on low ridges rising out of the surrounding floodplain and wetlands of the Hunter River. Early Tarro compromised a number of scattered farms which made use of the surrounding wetlands.
Housing was otherwise strung out along Maitland Road then the New England Highway , now Anderson Drive between the railway station in the east to what was to become Beresfield in the west. The area bounded by Eastern, Western and Southern Avenues was subdivided. In mids land between Christie Road and Beresfield was sold off to L. J Hooker , then known as Hooker Homes, where more residential homes were built, all following the same basic design. Modern Tarro includes a 3. The suburb extends along the Hunter River in the southeast to the Hexham bridges, where it meets the suburb of Kooragang.
Despite their name, the Hexham bridges are actually located in Tarro, the southbound bridge forming the border between Tarro and Kooragang. The southern and northern approaches to the bridges, on the Pacific Highway , are in Hexham and Tomago respectively. The area where Tarro is located originally was part of the territory of the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people.
The country of the Pambalong was known as Barrahineban. In Edward Sparke Snr, original settler and owner of "Woodlands" conveyed 2. During the same year he donated 0. A church, named St Stephens, was opened in Tarro around This rustic structure, was replaced by a more elegant wooden building in There was also a parsonage. This church was later joined by Sunday school hall in the s. Next door was tennis court, which was later replaced by a youth cetre in the early s.
Around St Stephens was sold and removed. Tarro's old pioneer cemetery is on Quarter Sessions Road with burials dating from the mid nineteenth century. Tarro's first post office was named Upper Hexham and was located at the railway station. The post office housed the manual telephone switchboard until automatic switching was introduced in Tarro has a railway station , which opened in with the Newcastle- Maitland railway - the first section of the Main North line from Sydney to the New England region.
It was originally known as Hexham when it opened in In the name was changed to Hexham Township and then Tarro. The railway station was once quite large with a timber and glazed station master's office and signal room as well as brick ticket offices and waiting rooms on the Maitland-bound platform and a smaller timber ticket office and waiting room on the Newcastle-bound platform.
At one time there were loading ramps to the west of the railway station and roadbridge which were used to load coal in the s from a small mine, Kent Colliery, at Beresfield. Some evidence of these ramps still remains. According to the Census  the median age in Tarro is The population of the suburb is 1,, a slight increase from 1, in Tarro has a higher proportion The most common other countries of birth are England 2.
The most common reported ancestries in Tarro are English, Australian and Irish. The top religious groups in Tarro are Anglican The first school in Tarro was held in the home of the Anglican Reverend Bolton in Around , a school house was opened, opposite St Stephens' Church, on the northern side of Maitland Road.
A Government operated public school opened in Upper Hexham in This eventually became Beresfield Public School. The schoolhouse is now heritage listed.
The high school is named after convict architect Francis Greenway who was granted land in the Tarro area around Tarro has a newsagency-general store, butcher's shop, take-away food store, petrol station, hotel and motel. There is also a fire station, community hall, Telstra telephone exchange, pumping station and depot belonging to the Hunter Water Corporation , electricity sub-station and a number of small churches.
The pumping station is heritage listed. Tarro's second smaller park, opposite the community hall on Northern avenue was resumed by the catholic school in the s and fenced to prevent public access. Tarro previously had a police station which closed in , with the area then to be served from Beresfield police station. The Beresfield police station currently operates on a part-time basis with the main coverage of the area being provided from Maitland Police station.
Following World War I , Tarro and the nearby community of Woodberry established a memorial to veterans. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The population density figure provided is the average density of the part of the suburb where most of the population lives, not the average for the whole area which is considerably lower at This lower figure does not accurately represent the population density in the suburb.
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