Risdon, Tasmania

Risdon is a suburb of Hobart, capital city of Tasmania. It is west of Risdon Vale.

Risdon is located in Tasmania
Coordinates42°49′28″S 147°19′3″E / 42.82444°S 147.31750°E / -42.82444; 147.31750Coordinates: 42°49′28″S 147°19′3″E / 42.82444°S 147.31750°E / -42.82444; 147.31750
Population296 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Clarence
Federal Division(s)Franklin
Suburbs around Risdon:
(Bowen Bridge) Otago Risdon Cove
Derwent River Risdon Risdon Vale
Derwent River Geilston Bay


It derives its name from Captain William Bellamy Risdon, second officer of the ship Duke of Clarence,[2] which visited the area as part of Sir John Hayes' expedition in 1793.[3] Risdon Post Office opened on 1 July 1864. It was named Gregson during 1911.[4]

Zinc worksEdit

Between 1916 and 1920 Electrolytic Zinc developed a zinc refinery, and also a suburb of housing of employees of EZ developed with the name of the works as the Risdon works and located in the Risdon suburb.

In 1956, as part of the refinery complex, EZ started a sulphate of ammonia plant.[5]

The owners of the plant in 1987 considered expansion of the refinery.[6]

Currently the zinc works and former workers housing area[7] are found in the Lutana named area.[8]

Eucalyptus risdoniiEdit

Eucalyptus risdonii is native to this location and was the emblem of Geilston Bay High School.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Risdon (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 April 2018.  
  2. ^ Ida Lee. The Logbooks of the Lady Nelson.
  3. ^ "Hayes, Sir John (1768-1831)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 20 November 2018.
  5. ^ Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australasia (1956), Official opening of the sulphate of ammonia plant..., 1st November, 1956 [at] Risdon, Tasmania, Electrolytic Zinc Co. of Australasia, retrieved 8 December 2018
  6. ^ North BH reviewing expansion of Risdon smelter. (North Broken Hill Holdings Ltd., Risdon zinc smelter in Tasmania), Reuters U.S., Inc, Reuters, 30 October 1987, pp. R103004162, retrieved 8 December 2018
  7. ^ "RISDON ELECTROLYTIC ZINC WORKS". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas. 19 May 1919. p. 4. Retrieved 12 June 2015 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ http://mininglink.com.au/site/risdon-smelter History of the smelter and area