Breadalbane, Tasmania

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Breadalbane is located in Tasmania
Coordinates 41°32′S 147°11′E / 41.533°S 147.183°E / -41.533; 147.183Coordinates: 41°32′S 147°11′E / 41.533°S 147.183°E / -41.533; 147.183
Population 244 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 7258
Location 11.2 km (7 mi) from Launceston
LGA(s) Launceston City Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons

Breadalbane /brɛˈdlbɪn/[2] is a Tasmanian town, situated on the Midlands Highway, 11.2 kilometres (7.0 mi) from Launceston, Breadalbane was named by Governor Macquarie after the Earl of Breadalbane, his wife's cousin.[3] Earlier the district was known as 'Cocked Hat', 'The Springs' and 'Brumby's Plain'.

Breadalbane Post Office opened on 1 October 1847 and closed in 1968.[4]

The Breadalbane area was notorious in the early 19th century for sheep stealing. In the colonial days there were three inns at Breadalbane, The Albion, The Temperance Hotel, and The Woolpack Inn (today, only the Woolpack Inn still stands).

Today, there is an important roundabout at Breadalbane at the entrance to the city of Launceston, and Launceston Airport.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Breadalbane (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  2. ^ Raabus, Carol; Lawrence, Christopher. "How do you say Geilston Bay? Some Tassie place name pronunciation". ABC Hobart. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Naming of Breadalbane". Retrieved 2009-12-12. 
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.