George Town and District Historical Society Inc.
Promoting the History of the George Town District

Tamar Valley Tasmania

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Postal Address
310 Low Head Road
Low Head TAS 7253

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    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

    10th BIENNIAL CONFERENCE - Sunday, 21st May
    GOVR MACQUARIE’S LEGACY “The Tasmanian Connection”
    As Governor-in-Chief of NSW between 1810 and 1821, Lachlan Macquarie had a profound influence on the fledgling colony and earned the title “Father of Australia” but little is known of his influence on Tasmania.
    A team of speakers will examine the nature of Lachlan Macquarie as a person, his role in the development of the colony and the great influence he had in the progress of Van Diemen's Land in the period 1810 - 1821 and beyond.
    We will also learn more of Mrs Elizabeth Macquarie and of the links between the Macquarie towns in Tasmania and NSW.
    Email Treasurer, Chlo: for registration form.

 Click here for Conference Poster


    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.


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