Hamilton, Tasmania

Hamilton, Tasmania

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Hamilton, Tasmania

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Hamilton is a small rural town north west of Hobart in Tasmania on the Lyell Highway. At the 2006 census, the town and surrounding area had a population of 300.

Governor Macquarie named the locality as 'Sorell Plains', and it became locally known as 'Macquarie' and 'Lower Clyde'.

Governor Arthur finalised a name for the locality in 1824.

Hamilton was once a bustling frontier town that contained many inns and several working breweries. It was once destined to be the capital of Tasmania despite its vast distance from any port.

It contains a few small shops, many of them dating back from convict times.


Further reading

  • Beavan, Ernest G. (1988) Take heed lest you forget: a history of St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Hamilton, Tasmania. Hamilton, Tas. St. Peter’s Church Vestry. ISBN 0731624386

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