We undertake weed control and revegetation of the historic site and maintain pathways for visitors. We protect and promote the historical aspects and values of the site. We also protect the bushland communities which contain 4 threatened plant species and a healthy wildlife population.

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Where we work

YorktownThe Yorktown Historical Site is 7km north of Beaconsfield on the road to Greens Beach.  The 34ha site begins at Bowen’s Rd, which some know as the back road to the Asbestos Ranges and Narawntapu National Park.

Yorktown was the first permanent settlement in Northern Tasmania – In 1804 Col William Paterson was sent to establish a settlement in the north to prevent the French from doing so. He believed Yorktown would provide good water and pasture for stock and so began clearing and building. At its height the settlement  was home to 300 convicts and soldiers and some free settlers. Poor soil and difficult access for shipping led Col Paterson to commence settlement in Launceston. The two settlements co-existed until Yorktown was largely abandoned in Dec 1808.

The Royal Society of Tasmania erected a monument in the 1950’s in recognition of the historical significance. The West Tamar Historical Soc. decided to develop the Yorktown site and recognise the bi-centenary in 2004. In 2001 work began on removing the thick gorse which covered most of the area. Since then signage and walking paths have opened the area to the public. Over the years it has been astounding to see the amount of natural regrowth that has ocurred after gorse removal. Now the site is an important area of protected remnant vegetation.

What we do

We undertake weed control and revegetation of the historic site and maintain pathways for visitors. We protect and promote the historical aspects and values of the site. We also protect the bushland communities which contain 4 threatened plant species and a healthy wildlife population.

Our Contacts

President – Prue Wright at redgum101@gmail.com

Secretary – Margaret James at mar_jay2@yahoo.com.au

 

External Links

For more historical information visit the West Tamar Historical Society website.