Branxholm, Tasmania

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Branxholm
Tasmania
Branxholm is located in Tasmania
Branxholm
Branxholm
Coordinates 41°15′S 147°34′E / 41.250°S 147.567°E / -41.250; 147.567Coordinates: 41°15′S 147°34′E / 41.250°S 147.567°E / -41.250; 147.567
Population 242 (2006 census)[1]
Established 1870
Postcode(s) 7261
Location
LGA(s) Dorset Council
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s) Bass

Branxholm is a small town in northeastern Tasmania. Located 93 km north east of Launceston on the Tasman Highway.

Branxholm is a typical north-east Tasmania timber town nestled into the rolling hills. It is notable for its saw mills and its hop fields. It has a sprawling street pattern which makes the small town spread across the valley floor.

History[edit]

The area was first settled by James Reid Scott who named it after a small village in his native Scotland. By 1870 there were only three buildings in the valley but three years later, with the discovery of tin, a shanty town had grown up. By 1877 the population was around 300. By 1883 the town had been proclaimed. Branxholm Post Office opened on 1 August 1876.[2]

Tin mining gradually declined to be replaced by timber cutting and in 1970 the first hop fields were planted.

For visitors[edit]

Close to the town is Mount Horror, known for excellent scenic views is surrounded by extensive pine and gum plantations. The Forestry Commission’s fire tower is open to the public when attended in the summer.

This town offers the visitor good fishing in the Ringarooma River. Of historical interest is the disused Mount Paris Dam, located on C425 road and the Imperial Hotel built circa 1909.

Sport[edit]

The town has a football team in the NEFU (North Eastern Football Union).

Railway[edit]

Branxholm was served by a branch railway line which extended from Launceston to Herrick, 4 km short of Moorina. The State rail connected Branxholm to its system in 1911.[3] The railway closed in April, 1992.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Branxholm (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  4. ^ Stokes, H.J.W.(1997)The North-eastern Line of the Tasmanian Government Railways Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, March;April, 1997 pp.67-77;107-121