Smithton, Tasmania

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Smithton
Tasmania
Smithton is located in Tasmania
Smithton
Smithton
Coordinates 40°50′S 145°07′E / 40.833°S 145.117°E / -40.833; 145.117Coordinates: 40°50′S 145°07′E / 40.833°S 145.117°E / -40.833; 145.117
Population 3,935 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7330
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)[2]
Location
LGA(s) Circular Head Council
State electorate(s) Braddon
Federal Division(s) Braddon
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
17.0 °C
63 °F
7.8 °C
46 °F
1,106.3 mm
43.6 in

Smithton is a town on the far north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It lies on the Bass Highway, 85 km north-west of Burnie. At the 2006 census, Smithton had a population of 3,361.[1] Smithton is the administrative centre of the Circular Head Council. Smithton has a rich sporting and social culture, and the region is noted for its natural beauty.

History[edit]

Duck River Post Office opened on 1 November 1873 and was renamed Smithton in 1895.[3] In 1905 Smithton was declared a town and the Mowbray swamp was drained for dairy pasture. In 1919 The Stanley-Trowutta railway commenced services and by 1921 the Smithton to Irishtown link was opened. By 1922 the railway link from Myalla to Wiltshire Junction was completed, thus joining the railways in the municipality to the State system. Smithton High School was opened in 1937 and in 1951 a Kindergarten and Public Hospital were opened in Smithton, and the town began to flourish.[4]

Economy[edit]

The economy of Smithton is agriculture based, consisting primarily of beef and dairy farming. Other major industries that contribute to the local economy are fishing, aquaculture, crop farming, timber plantations and tourism.

As a major centre in the northwest of the state, several companies have established processing plants in Smithton. Major employers in the town include Greenham Tasmania, who operate a meat processing plant that prepares beef for export to Japan and the United States as well as Australian markets. The plant employs over 120 staff.[5] McCain Foods (Australia) Pty Ltd maintain potato storage, processing and freezing facilities in the town for the production of French fries. The McCain plant operates year round and employs a workforce of 150 from the local community. Two timber mills are also located in Smithton, operated by Britton Bros and Ta Ann Tasmania.[6] Tasmanian Seafoods Pty Ltd operate an abalone processing facility and cannery as well as having their head office located in the town.[7]

Infrastructure[edit]

Smithton has thrived in recent years, despite its remote location compared to the major cities, towns and highways[citation needed].

The education community consists of a Catholic Independent, a Christian School and Government schools. St Peter Chanel is the local Catholic Primary school servicing the community. Circular Head Christian School (CHCS) is the local Christian School, which starts at Kindergarten and goes right through to year 12,.[8]

In 1905, the Jetty at Smithton was 1200m long.[9]

The National Broadband Network ran a trial rollout in Smithton, with the first customers connected in July 2010. Telstra's 4G network is available.

Notable people[edit]

Noted former Smithtonians include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Smithton (State Suburb). "2011 Census QuickStats". Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Bureau of Meteorology Retrieved on 2007-11-14
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.circularhead.tas.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/Section_18_-_History.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.greenham.com.au/smithton.html
  6. ^ http://www.circularhead.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=450
  7. ^ http://www.tasmanianseafoods.com.au/smithton.html
  8. ^ Circular Head Christian School Web Site
  9. ^ "SMITHTON.". Examiner (Launceston, Tas. : 1900 - 1954) (Launceston, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 18 April 1905. p. 6 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 21 July 2012.