Avoca, Tasmania

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Avoca
Tasmania
Avoca-aerial.jpg
Aerial photo of the region from the east
Avoca is located in Tasmania
Avoca
Avoca
Location in Tasmania
Coordinates 41°46′53″S 147°43′19″E / 41.78139°S 147.72194°E / -41.78139; 147.72194Coordinates: 41°46′53″S 147°43′19″E / 41.78139°S 147.72194°E / -41.78139; 147.72194
Population 123 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7213
Location
LGA(s) Northern Midlands Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons

Avoca is a small village located 81 kilometres (50 mi) south-east of Launceston in the island of Tasmania. At the 2006 census, Avoca and the surrounding area had a population of 123.[1]

Avoca is situated on the banks of the South Esk River near the confluence of the St. Paul's river in the in the parish of Avoca and county of Cornwall, and was first settled in the 1830s. It was originally named St. Paul's Plains by the explorers who surveyed the area in 1833. The area was officially settled in 1834 as a farming, coal and tin mining village. It is 99 miles from Hobart, 62 from Launceston, and 19 miles from Campbell Town

In the 19th Century the village a small episcopal church (St. Thomas') and school, a post office and police station, and the St. Paul's river was crossed by a small stone bridge of one arch. St. Paul's Plains Post Office opened on 1 June 1832 and was renamed Avoca in 1837.[2]

Today mines in the area have closed and Avoca serves only as a farming community.

Landmarks[edit]

A number of historic buildings exist in the small town, including the St Thomas Anglican Church completed on 8 May 1842, the parish hall completed around 1850, and the Union Hotel built in 1842. Nearby locations include Rossarden, Fingal and Storys Creek.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Avoca (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.