St. Andrews Church, Evandale
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Evandale is a small town in northern Tasmania, Australia. It sits on the banks of the South Esk River 18 km south of Launceston. A classified historic town, many of its buildings remain largely in original condition. It is famous for a popular Sunday market and as host to the annual World Penny Farthing bicycle Championships. At the 2006 census, Evandale had a population of 1,059.
Originally founded as Collins Hill by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1811, it was also known as Morven before being named Evansdale (1829) and finally Evandale in 1836 after the surveyor and painter George William Evans, who spent much of his later life in Van Diemen's Land. Many continued to call it Morven beyond mid-century, including in official contexts. Evandale Post Office opened on 1 June 1835.
John Batman, the founder of Melbourne, and landscape painter John Glover lived near the town with Glover memorialised in an annual art prize and a statue at Falls Park. John Kelly, father of the bushranger Ned Kelly, worked in the township as a convict.
A Scottish mariner, Captain Andrew Barclay, was granted 500 acres (2.0 km2) of land on the South Esk River in 1816, and another 300 acres (121 ha) the next year. On this he built 'Trafalgar', the earliest surviving building in Evandale, and one of the oldest farmhouses in Australia. In 1824, he built the now-demolished homestead of 'Cambock' on the village's outskirts. Barclay continued acquiring land in the surrounding district and by 1828 was considered the largest owner of good land on the island. The names of roads like Barclay Street, Cambock Lane, and Trafalgar Lane mark his influence. He died in 1839. In 1842, John Kelly was assigned to Cambock Estate, then owned by Andrew Barclay's daughter, Mary Kenworthy.
In 1876, the Tasmanian Main Line Company opened a narrow (1,067 mm) gauge line from Hobart to Evandale where it connected with the broad (1,600 mm) gauge Launceston and Western Railway from Launceston and Deloraine, built in 1871. It remained a break-of-gauge station until the Evandale-Deloraine line was converted to narrow gauge in 1888.
Statues In Evandale
Numerous statues are found in Evandale including:
- Harry Murray in Memorial Park (highly decorated World War I soldier)
- An anonymous penny-farthing rider on the corner of Russell and Scone Streets
- John Glover in Falls Park
Notable people from Evandale
- Harry Murray
- John Glover
- Hollie Grima - Australian women's basketballer
- Bob Cheek - Former State Opposition leader
- Steve Biddulph - World renowned parenting author
- Todd Grima - Australian Football League (A.F.L) Player (Geelong Cats)
- Nathan Grima - Australian Football League (A.F.L) Player (North Melbourne Kangaroos)
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Evandale (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- "Cyclist takes out fifth Penny Farthing championship". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 2007-02-25. Archived from the original on 27 February 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-12.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.