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Campbell Town

1/ The Fox Hunters Return greets visitors on the south side of the town. It was built in 1838 and is regarded as the best preserved building of its type in Australia.

Campbell Town Tasmania

2/ The Red Bridge was built in 1838 out of a million locally made bricks. It is one of the oldest bridges in Tasmania. Note the modern sculpture to the right.

Campbell Town Tasmania

3/ A series of modern sculptures recently replaced the ancient trees that formerly graced Campbell Town. I thought that they were inappropriate next to the ancient bridge.

Campbell Town Tasmania

4/ St Lukes Anglican Church was built in 1835. It is one of the oldest churches in Tasmania.

Campbell Town Tasmania

5/ St Lukes looks ancient, English and grand when you see it from this view point.

Campbell Town Tasmania

6/ St Lukes School was built in 1843. It comes from a time before public education, when all schools were run by the different churches.

Campbell Town Tasmania

7/ The Catholic Church is off the main street. It was built in a Gothic style, which complements the other churches in the town.

Campbell Town Tasmania

8/ The inside of the Catholic Church is simple, but quite catholic in its layout.

Campbell Town Tasmania

9/ The Uniting Church was as impressive as St Lukes and it graces the northern edge of the town.

Campbell Town Tasmania

10/ In profile, like St Lukes, it also looks very ancient and very English.

Campbell Town Tasmania

11/ The attractive town hall is in the Art Deco style.

Campbell Town Tasmania

12/ This is the Eliza Forlonge commemoration. In the 1820s Eliza walked 1500 kilometres throughout Saxony in Germany (Sachsen) buying the best merino sheep. She then brought out a flock of these prize sheep to Van Diemen's Land and started a very successful property at Kenilworth near Campbell Town. Many of the sheep of Tasmania are descended from her flock.

teachers house at Campbell Town

13/ This photo shows an interesting, combined teacher residence and classroom of the Victorian era. This building even has its own bell tower. It was obligatory in the 19th Century to provide country teachers with a residence. I have not seen a combined building like this example before.

the Grange at Campbell Town Tasmania

14/ This photo shows the historic "Grange". This was a Victorian era gentleman's residence and was built in 1847. This mansion was built in unusual English Tudor style.

the Grange at Campbell Town Tasmania

15/ This photo shows the main section of the Grange Mansion. Note how it is replete with chimneys. In the 19th Century you could count the chimneys to measure a man's wealth. By this reckoning the owner of the Grange was a very rich man indeed.

Getty memorial at Campbell Town

16/ This is the Harold Gatty memorial. It is located on the northern edge of Campbell Town. Gatty was the navigator for the famous, American flyer, Wiley Post. In 1931 Post and Gatty made a record breaking flight. Gatty later served with distinction with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War Two. He was born in Campbell Town.

 

Cleveland Tasmania

1/ Cleveland is a hamlet on the A1 Midland Highway about 15 kilometres North of Campbell Town. It has a number of heritage buildings including St Andrews Inn. This was once a horse changeover point on the coach road between Hobart and Launceston.

Cleveland Tasmania

2/ Cleveland includes a classic Georgian manor house.

Cleveland Tasmania

3/ This old church and cemetery dating from 1855 shows that Cleveland was once a larger place.

Cleveland Tasmania

4/ The church still has its ancient furnishings.

 

Conara Tasmania

1/ Conara is a small, railway hamlet north of Campbell Town. It is noteworthy for its church, which has an impressive stain glass window. It also possesses a large Victorian era residence. There are no shops at Conara.

station at Conara Tasmania

2/ This is the station at Conara. It is still used by the railway workers. Conara was founded as a railway service town, so it has continued after the closure of the passenger service in the 1960s.

old street in Conara Tasmania

3/ Conara has a complete street of Victorian era cottages. These were built for the original railway workers.

new street in Conara Tasmania

4/ Conara also has a complete 1950s era street. This was built when the railways needed more houses in the 1950s.

historic mansion at Conara Tasmania

5/ On the southern edge of Conara is a lovely, Victorian era mansion.

 

Meetus Falls

1/ Meetus Falls is a spectacular waterfall in eastern Tasmania. They are located about 20 kilometres east of Campbell Town just east of Lake Leake. This image shows the spectacular higher cascade. The higher cascade drop is about 60 metres.

Meetus Falls

2/ The walk to Meetus Falls is relatively, short, but steep. There is a toilet at the car park. You follow the track up hill, until you come to the Cygnet River. You then follow the river downstream a short distance to the falls. Alternatively, you can go straight to a viewing platform.

Meetus Falls

3/ This image shows the top half of the higher cascade.

Meetus Falls

4/ This image shows the view down from near the top of the higher cascade.

Meetus Falls

5/ This image shows the view down from near the top of the lower cascade.

Meetus Falls

6/ This image looks at the full expanse of the lower cascade. This drop is only about 6 metres

Meetus Falls

7/ This image shows the clear waters of the Cygnet River, as it leaves the falls area.

 

Kirklands

1/ This is the lovely, ancient church at Kirklands. It was built in 1830. Kirklands is about 12 kilometres west of Campbell Town on C522 Macquarie Road.

Kirklands

2/ The church is simple but stylish. It also houses a grave yard with many interesting graves. The manse was located behind the grove on the right of this image.

Kirklands

3/ This view looks across the stylish headstones to the peaceful fields and the Great Western Tier mountains to the south.

Kirklands

4/ This is the plot of the Taylor family, who were important settlers of this area. The manse is just visible though the grove on the right.

Kirklands

5/ This headstone of George Taylor is historically very interesting. The "V.D. Land" on the headstone is short for "Van Diemens Land" the old name for Tasmania.

Kirklands

6/ This is the manse. It was a very large house and was once used as a school. The first Tasmanian born premiere "Sir Richard Dry" once attended school here. It was built in 1831. Both the age the association of this house suggest that it should be restored.

Kirklands

7/ This is a closer view of the verandah. When I visited it in 2018, it was in need of some restoration.

Kirklands

8/ The manse had a profound feeling of timelessness about it. You can sense this in this view from the back yard. It looks past ancient trees to the impressive Great Western Tier mountains to the south.

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