Mount Sorell

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Mount Sorell
Location West Coast, Tasmania
Range West Coast Range
Coordinates 42°16′S 145°32′E / 42.267°S 145.533°E / -42.267; 145.533

Mount Sorell is the most south westerly of the West Coast Range on the West Coast of Tasmania.

It was named after William Sorell (1775 - 4 June 1848) who was a soldier and third Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land.

Its eastern face dominates the Clark River valley, which separates it from Mount Darwin

Because of its position, its appearance and dominance over the Macquarie Harbour just north east of Sarah Island, it was an early named mountain, and no doubt one which gave a sense of barrier to convicts with dreams of escape. Some folklore passed from convict times claim leg irons or other items were found by troops looking for escaped convicts on its slopes.

It has no points of access like the nearby mountains, and in general remains relatively untouched compared to the West Coast Range mountains with old mine workings, walking track, and other signs of human activity.

The Cape at the outer part of Hells Gates at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour is known as Cape Sorell


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