Campbell Town Tasmania
Have you ever been to Campbell Town Tasmania? You might be surprised to discover that this little town has quite an intriguing history. It’s a town established by convicts during the early colonial period, at a time when Australia was considered harsh arid land that tested the strength of those who walked upon it. Many of the convicts transported to Australia were genuinely good people, some of whom were convicted of odd crimes such as forming unions, rioting, petty theft, failure to pay rent and promoting ideals of liberty against the government. These days the types of crimes that were committed by convicts are either seen as trivial or are no longer considered crimes. It is estimated that 80% of Tasmanians are descended from convicts. If you’ve ever wondered about Australia’s convict heritage or whether you share convict blood – take a look at these fascinating historical landmarks that offer unique insights into early Australian life.
Tasmania’s own Walk of Fame
The Convict Brick Trail exists to honour the 200,000 or so convicts who were responsible for the early construction of Australia’s towns and cities. Many convicts who died on their way to Australia through illness or accident are also remembered on the trail. The trail begins at The Red Bridge, a bridge built entirely by convicts between years 1836-1838. The impressive workmanship has lasted over the years with very little maintenance.
Heritage Highway Museum and Visitor Information Centre
If you want to go a little deeper into the town’s local history, the Heritage Highway Museum features some interesting displays from the Midlands area including; Keans Brewery brands, photographs and musical instruments and music from the Campbell Town Brass Band in 1844. The building also operates as a court house, a police station, council and public library.
Colonial architecture in Campbell Town Tasmania
In addition to the Red Bridge, there are a number of other colonial constructions worth taking a look at in Campbell Town. Foxhunters Return is a 19th century inn built with convict labour; these days it offers a heritage style bed & breakfast for tourists. Others include St Michaels Church, St Luke’s church, and The Grange.
Some past notable townsfolk include William Valentine a doctor and active member of the community, Alfred Biggs the earliest town schoolmaster and Eliza Forlong the pastoralist whose descendants continue to produce premium wool in Tasmania.