Elsmore is a small village in New South Wales and is located off the Gwydir Highway just down the road from Inverell.
The population of Elsmore is roughly 327 and this takes in all of the surrounding areas.
Elsemore was also known under a few other names, Ellmore and also the original name of Glenmore.
1838 was the year that a station of around 50,000 acres was settled by John Campbell.
By 1843 there were two owners, Brown and Alcorn.
In 1852 Alexander Campbell owned Elsmore, he was from Inverell Station.
I wasn’t until the 1870’s that Joseph Wills was believed to have found the first tin in the district of Elsmore.
Joseph Wills was a shepherd in the area.
He found some heavy black grains that he sold to a traveler and this started a rush in the area and the search for tin in the area and also the surrounding areas started.
I read a news paper report that has said that the traveler went back to a man called Mr Jas Brown, he sent out Mr McGlew to find Joseph Wills in the Elsmore area.
Mr McGlew had very little information to aid him in finding Joseph Wills as the station and whereabouts weren’t given to him.
He was only given a description of Joseph Wills.
Mr McGlew then inspected the area and then formed a mining company that took in 680 acres of land on the Elsmore run.
The mine in Elsmore was the first tin mine that was commercial in Australia.
This tin mine has produced tin from various deposits intermittently over the years since the year of 1871
1894 The Elsmore Valley Tin Mining Co started.
1904 the new Elsmore Hall was opened and had a library attached to it, this hall cost 403 pounds.
This hall was lit with kerosene lamps until gas ones were used from 1908.
The hall was used by most of the local clubs and also political parties for their gatherings and meetings.
1940 the Elsmore Valley Tin Mining Co was wound up.
1952 was when the old Elsmore Hall had its last dance before the Elsmore Hall Committee decided to upgrade and replace it with the new building called the Elsmore Memorial Hall.
1953 the Elsmore Memorial Hall was built and opened at a cost of around 5600 pounds and took 7 months to build.
The Elsmore Post Office was opened on 1 February 1873 and finally closed its doors in 1992.
The main industries in the Elsmore area currently are mining and agriculture.
It was hard to find a lot of information about this little village that has its history in mining tin.
On the Elmore-Paradise Road and just off it is around 20 houses still and the Elsmore Memorial Town Hall and a phone box.
The hall is still used for gatherings etc and also for voting as a polling booth during elections.
Other than this I’ll keep a keen lookout for more information on Elsmore to add to this in the future.