Tenterfield Shire (map) is a town and local government area located in the New England region of northern New South Wales. Situated at the intersection of The New England and Bruxner Highways, Tenterfield is a 3 hour drive from Brisbane (QLD) and a 10 hour drive from Sydney. It sits in a valley astride the Great Dividing Range at an altitude of 880m.

Tenterfield's proximity to many regional centres and its position on the route between Sydney and Brisbane led to it being a centre for the promotion of Federation of the Australian States. Sir Henry Parkes delivered his Federation Speech in Tenterfield in 1889 whilst en route from Brisbane to Sydney.

A number of famous Australians have roots in Tenterfield including Major J. F. Thomas, a solicitor known for his vigorous defence of Harry 'Breaker' Morant; and the boy from Oz, Peter Allen who lived with his grandfather George Woolnough, a saddle maker who was forever immortalised in the song 'Tenterfield Saddler'.

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