Resource Sheet 1

‘Round tasmania’ – extracts

Scottsdale (population: 636)

…the residents are much pleased to see a building being erected which is to be used as a branch of the National Bank. At present there is no bank and this proves a great inconvenience to the people. A whistle in the distance proclaims the arrival of the midday train bringing the morning papers from Launceston. Shortly after there is a whip crack in the street, the rumble of the coach, and the clatter of horses’ hoofs…

Daily Telegraph, Launceston, 2 October 1901.

Queenstown (population: 5,051)

…the visitor is at once struck by its strange, foreign-looking appearance. Blackened hills arise on every side and even within the town the sides are steep. In every nook and cranny are perched cottages and huts of every conceivable size and shape. Most are covered with iron, painted red or brown to prevent corrosion.

Daily Telegraph, Launceston, 6 January 1902.

Launceston (population: 18,022)

The city was larger than I expected to find it; certainly the buildings were higher and better than I anticipated. The city is compact and well built; the streets and paths are well made. It abounds with parks and pretty sites, and the hills on which the residences of the well-to-do citizens are built are high and picturesque… The town is a busy one; the people are sociable and homely and evince a desire to make visitors welcome.

Daily Telegraph, Launceston, 2 February 1904.

Hobart (population: 24,654)

The first thing that strikes one about Hobart is the electric tram system. There are three lines of electric trams, enabling a visitor to obtain a good view of the pretty suburbs… The number of two and three-storey buildings surprises one who comes from Adelaide; there most of the private residences are only single-storeyed.

Daily Telegraph, Launceston, 10 March 1905.

‘Notes from the country’

Huonville (population: 261)

During the season one finds “apples, apples everywhere”… Recently the writer left Hobart by coach on a tour of the Huon districts with the object of inspecting the orchards, visiting the timber mill, sawmills, evaporating and pulping factories and taking note of other industries…

Daily Telegraph, Launceston, 10 March 1905.

Distances between Tasmanian towns (rounded to the nearest mile)

Fingal Gould’s Country Hobart Huon-ville Launc-eston Scotts-dale Stanley Queens-town Ulver-stone
Fingal 45 116 139 64 52 187 185 123
Gould’s Country 45 163 186 79 43 211 230 147
Hobart 116 163 23 118 150 225 149 161
Huon-ville 139 186 23 140 173 238 150 175
Laun-ceston 64 79 118 140 37 134 146 71
Scotts-dale 52 43 150 173 37 169 182 106
Stanley 187 211 225 238 134 169 133 64
Queens-town 185 230 149 150 146 182 133 105
Ulver-stone 123 147 161 175 71 106 64 105

Map of Tasmania

Map of Tasmania showing areas of mining and agriculture