Pyengana

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Pyengana
Tasmania
Pyengana aerial.jpg
Aerial photo of Pyengana region
Pyengana is located in Tasmania
Pyengana
Pyengana
Coordinates 41°17′22″S 148°00′17″E / 41.28944°S 148.00472°E / -41.28944; 148.00472Coordinates: 41°17′22″S 148°00′17″E / 41.28944°S 148.00472°E / -41.28944; 148.00472
Population 123 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7216
LGA(s) Break O'Day Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons

Pyengana is a village in north-east Tasmania, Australia. At the 2006 census, Pyengana had a population of 123.[1]

It is part of the Break O'Day Council administrative region. The regional centre is St Helens which is approximately 27 kilometres to the east. Pyengana is a rural farming region with sites of significant natural beauty and heritage.

History[edit]

Permanent settlement commenced around 1875 with pioneering settlers such as George and Margaret Cotton who raised a family of nine children at the property they called St Columba.[2]

Georges River Post Office opened on 1 December 1885 and was renamed Pyengana in 1888.[3]

The area had several tin mines such as the Anchor Tin Mine and Battery situated in the Pyengana Pass.

Natural heritage areas[edit]

  • St Columba Falls - a cascading waterfall with the highest plunge of 90 metres (300 feet)
  • Halls Falls
  • Blue Tier

Local businesses[edit]

The area is well known for the local Pyengana Cheese Factory run by 4th generation cheese maker Jon Healey and his family. The factory specialises in cloth bound cheddar.[4]

Another local business is the 'Pub in the Paddock' which was established around 1880 and is inside a paddock. It boasted a beer drinking pig which has since passed on, but there is another pig there now that will also drink beer, but only that which is brought to it by the publican.[5]

Anchor Farms began growing organic gourmet potatoes in 1995 and now supply nationwide and export to South East Asia. Their organic brand is Anchor Organics ( www.anchororganics.com.au ) and their conventional brand is "Yum Tasmanian" ( www.yumtasmanian.com.au )

References[edit]

  • 'Pyengana - A New Country' by Gwen Webb
  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Pyengana (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Community History. "History of our region". St Helens Online Access Centre. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Tastes of Tasmania. "A Century of cheddar". Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  5. ^ North East Tasmania. "Pub in the Paddock". Retrieved 11 April 2011.