Llewellyn, Tasmania

Llewellyn, Tasmania is a small village in Somerset Land District, on the road from Campbell Town, Tasmania to the eastern coast, near the South Esk River.[1]

Llewellyn
Tasmania
Llewellyn is located in Tasmania
Llewellyn
Llewellyn
Coordinates41°55′S 147°30′E / 41.917°S 147.500°E / -41.917; 147.500Coordinates: 41°55′S 147°30′E / 41.917°S 147.500°E / -41.917; 147.500
Postcode(s)7210
Location11 km (7 mi) from {{{location1}}}
LGA(s)Northern Midlands Council
State electorate(s)Lyons
Federal division(s)Lyons

Llewellyn is often alternatively referred to as Stony Creek, a small tributary of the South Esk.[2] Stony Creek was mentioned in colonial times in reference to the eponymous Tasmanian Aboriginal tribe (the Tyerrernotepanner clan) that still bears this name.[3]

Llewellyn first appears in early newspapers in 1845 as both being surveyed as a township and then also as a site of a murder.[4][5]

A hotel was opened in Llewellyn in 1873 by a publican from Campbell Town and by 1886 a siding was created, with a trestle bridge over Stony Creek, but, by this time, the inn was decreasingly patronised.[6]

By 1899 the town was busy enough to have hosted two horse race meetings in that year and the village had expanded to include at least two streets, but by 1903 hotel had already closed as business in the area declined. In this year it was recorded that the town had only the school as a public building, with the post office being contiguous with a private residence.[7][8][9]

The town now is a ghost of its former self and remains a mapped locality and railway siding.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rev. John West, History of Tasmania.
  2. ^ "Rural Tasmania". Launceston Examiner. 30 August 1887. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  3. ^ Roth, H. Ling (1899). The aborigines of Tasmania. Halifax, UK: King and sons.
  4. ^ "Launceston Advertiser". Launceston Advertiser. 24 January 1845. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Colonial Times". Colonial Times. 4 January 1845. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Opening of the Fingal Railway". The Mercury Tasmania. 30 June 1886. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Stony Creek Races". Launceston Examiner. 29 April 1887. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Llewellyn". The Mercury. 11 July 1903. Retrieved 13 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Campbell Town Municipal council". Launceston Examiner. 4 February 1899. Retrieved 13 July 2015.