Tassie Trip Day 4: George Town

OK, so I guess it’s only fair that we found this town, Shelly has all her beaches and her own roadhouse and gorge (Mt Barnett) in Western Australia, so it was only a matter of time before he found his own town!  Yes, there is a George Town!

Now to be honest, this was basically on the way to where we were going, but the main reason we went to George Town was so that George could get a photo in front of the sign!

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Actually it was quite a pretty town, but not as old looking as we were expecting, given that George Town is Australia’s third-oldest settlement after Sydney and Hobart.

It’s a beautiful little town located on the banks of the Tamar River, about 45min from Launceston.

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It’s had a long maritime history and European settlement can be traced back to 1804 when William Paterson camped there after running his ship, HMS Buffalo, aground at York Cove.

He raised the Union Jack at Monument Point and fired a salute from his ship and claimed the area. The town itself is was named George Town, in honour of King George III.

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The Paterson Monument marks the spot where Colonel William Paterson took possession of northern Tasmania.

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