Welcome to the George Town and District Historical Society Inc. website.
George Town, which is situated at the mouth of the picturesque Tamar River in Northern Tasmania, has an amazing combination of history and heritage together with a range of fascinating attractions and activities. First settled in 1804 it has had an up and down history. It has been the headquarters of Northern Tasmania, popular holiday location, fishing village and industrial town.
Our goal is to provide you with useful information about our district and we hope it makes it easier for you to make the decision to visit us.
George Town and District Historical Society Inc. has been promoting history since 1997 when the group formed with the main aim to help out the historic Low Head Pilot Station which now has excellent accommodation and a very popular Maritime Museum.
At this site, you will discover all about George Town and the surrounding district and we hope that one day you will be able to pay us a visit. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Feel free to browse around this site. If you have comments or questions about our district, or simply need more information and want to contact us, click on the contact button on any page within this site.
Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you.
In the News
- Lefroy - Tasmania’s Forgotten Gold Town
- The long awaited Lefroy - Tasmania’s Forgotten Gold Town book has finally arrived.
For more information and ordering details read on:
The book is also available from Petrarchs, Launceston, NewXpress, George Town, Low Head Pilot Station Museum, George Town Information Centre and the Watch House.
- DRAFT YORK COVE CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Have your say ...
- Council's draft York Cove Concept Development Plan is available for public comment and may be viewed at George Town Council offices 16-18 Anne Street or downloaded Here.
- Comments to the plan should be in writing and addressed to the General Manager and received at the Council office no later than Friday 17th February 2017 at 4pm.
- Draft York Cove Concept Development Plan
2016 FOUNDERS FESTIVAL - Community Groups celebrated George Town and its heritage throughout November and December
After the success of our 2015 evening we presented our 2nd instalment of "IN THEIR OWN WORDS" on the 21st of November and it proved just as popular as the previous one.
Instalment 3 is being planned and will lead on from 1919.
The evening of readings from reports of the day followed on in the same format as last year's presentation on the early discoveries and settlements in Port Dalrymple, to tell the story of Governor Lachlan Macquarie's struggle to establish George Town as the Chief Settlement in Northern Van Diemen's Land between 1811 and 1819.
We heard many true stories of incompetence, bushranging, political skulduggery, murder and mayhem, all from the contemporary writings in letters, official government reports and from the newspapers!
The evening set the scene for our postponed Biennial Conference that will be held on SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017.