Devonport and the Mersey River from the air
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Devonport is a city of an estimated 25,546 inhabitants located in the north-western part of Tasmania, Australia. It is situated at the mouth of the Mersey River. Along with the slightly smaller city of Burnie, Devonport is the major regional centre of the north-western part of the state.
- 1 History
- 2 Suburbs
- 3 Facilities and the arts
- 4 Government
- 5 Transport
- 6 Agriculture
- 7 Education
- 8 Climate
- 9 Sport
- 10 Notable sportspeople
- 11 Notable people
- 12 Tragedy
- 13 Sister cities
- 14 See also
- 15 References
During the 1850s the twin settlements of Formby and Torquay were established on opposite banks at the mouth of the Mersey River. Torquay on the eastern shore was the larger community with police, post, magistrate, at least three hotels, shipyards and stores. A river ferry service connected the two communities. Between 1870 and 1880 the shipping industry grew and work was undertaken to deepen the mouth of the river. When the mouth of the river could support a shipping industry the first regular steamer services commenced, operating directly between the Mersey and Melbourne.
In 1882 the Marine Board building was built and remains the oldest standing building in Devonport.
In 1889 the Bluff lighthouse was completed and the turn of the century saw the railway make a significant difference to the Formby community. It combined a railhead and port facilities in the one place. A wharf was created on the west bank, close to the railway and warehouses. The railway brought a building boom to Formby. In 1890 a public vote united Torquay and Formby, and the settlements became the town of Devonport.
The Victoria bridge was opened in 1902 which enabled a land transport link between Devonport and East Devonport.
Facilities and the arts
The main CBD is on the west side of the Mersey River and includes a pedestrian mall, cinema, speciality stores, chain stores such as IGA and hotels. There are several local restaurants and cafes.
Local theatre and Conventions are held at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre in the city's CBD.
The Devonport Regional Gallery evolved from the inception of The Little Gallery, which was founded by Jean Thomas as a private enterprise in 1966. The Gallery presents an annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs including events and workshops. Another smaller gallery is the Blue Apple Gift Store & Gallery.
Tiagarra Aboriginal Culture Centre and Museum displays petroglyphs, designs in rock and exhibits that depict the traditional lifestyle of Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
The Bass Strait Maritime Centre housed in the former Harbour Master's House has objects, models and photographs that tells the stories of Bass Strait and Devonport.
The former Devonport Maternity Hospital is now being considered for transformation into over fifty apartments.
Devonport's night club was known as "City Limits" in the 1980s, "The Warehouse" from 1991, and then re-branded as the ultra-hip "House" in 2014.
Kokoda Barracks is an army barracks in Devonport.
- Devonport Airport
Devonport Airport is located at Pardoe Downs approximately 7 km to the east of the city of Devonport, about a 15 min drive by car. The airport is serviced by Bombardier Dash 8 turboprop aircraft, operated by QantasLink, with four daily services to Melbourne, Victoria.
There are several bus companies serving Devonport including Mersey Link, Redline Coaches and Phoenix Coaches. Metropolitan Devonport bus services are limited on Saturdays and there are no services on Sundays or Public holidays.
- Freight (Shipping)
In early days coal was an export product.
A rail line still services the ports area of Devonport. Devonport once had a roundhouse and railway maintenance yards on the foreshore of the Mersey River. A park exists there today.
- Passenger Ferry Terminal
|SS Oonah||1921–1935||Tasmanian Steamers|
|SS Loongana||1921–1935||Tasmanian Steamers|
|SS Nairana||1921–1948||Tasmanian Steamers|
|SS Taroona||1935–1959||Tasmanian Steamers|
|MS Princess of Tasmania||1959–1972||Australian National Line|
|MS Empress of Australia||1972–1986||Australian National Line|
|MS Abel Tasman||1986–1993||TT-Line Company|
|Spirit of Tasmania||1993–2002||TT-Line Company|
|MS Spirit of Tasmania I||2002–||TT-Line Company|
|MS Spirit of Tasmania II||2002–||TT-Line Company|
The Devonport area has rich red soils that are ideal for producing vegetable crops (beans, onions, peas, potatoes etc.) and very significant values of cereals, oil poppies, pyrethrum and other crops.
- Hillcrest Primary School
- Devonport Primary School
- Miandetta Primary School
- East Devonport Primary School
- Nixon Street Primary School
- Spreyton Primary School
- Devonport Christian School
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School
Senior Secondary Education (Years 11–12)
A TasTAFE campus, an adult training institution, is situated in Valley Road.
Devonport has an oceanic climate with mild to warm summers, cool and moist winters and high humidity (about 70%) all year round. Most days from January to March are pleasantly warm, averaging 20 to 25 °C (68 to 77 °F) with frequent sunshine. The warmest and driest days can occasionally reach up to 28 °C (82 °F). Unlike the south and east coasts of Tasmania, humid northerly winds prevent heatwaves and temperatures rarely if ever reach above 30 °C (86 °F). Winters are cool and cloudy with frequent light rain, July and August are the wettest months of the year. Due to almost constant cloud cover and coastal influence, winter temperatures rarely drop below 0 °C (32 °F). September to December usually features mild and windy weather with frequent showers, and occasional warm, sunny breaks. With the pattern of a drier summer and wetter winter, the weather has some characteristics of a Mediterranean climate.
|Climate data for Devonport Airport|
|Record high °C (°F)||33.2
|Average high °C (°F)||21.3
|Average low °C (°F)||12.2
|Record low °C (°F)||4.0
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||41.8
|Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm)||7.1||6.1||7.7||9.6||11.7||12.4||14.9||15.4||13.6||11.4||10.0||8.6||128.5|
|Source: Bureau of Meteorology|
The Devonport Touch Football Association is located at Meercroft Park and play touch football
Athletics, cycling and woodchopping
The Devonport Athletic Club, a professional athletic club, hosts a leg of the Tasmanian Cycling Christmas Carnival Series each year in December attended by local and international cyclists, other sports at the carnivals include athletics and woodchopping. Woodchopping events are also held at the Devonport Agricultural & Pastoral Society Spring Show in November.
The Mersey Valley Devonport Cycling Club host track cycling, the Mersey Valley Tour, Devon 80 Road Race and the Ulverstone Criterium.
Devonport Hockey teams compete in the North and North West Hockey roster of Hockey Tasmania.
Devonport Warriors are a Devonport-based basketball team that compete in the North West Basketball Union.
Harness racing and Horse racing
The Devonport Harness Racing Club conduct harness racing events at the Devonport Showgrounds.
Power Boat racing has been a feature at the Devonport Annual Regatta held each March long weekend. The Regatta commenced in 1958.
Swimming and aquatic sports
The Splash Devonport Aquatic and Leisure Centre has a world class gym and indoor swimming pool and is based within the Don Reserve.
The Devonport Tennis Club and East Devonport Tennis Club compete in the Tennis North West Association rosters.
The Devonport triathlon held annually in February is the continental championship for Oceania.
Notable players that went on the play in the VFL/AFL:
- Darrel Baldock (St Kilda)
- Graham Wright (Collingwood)
- Grant Birchall (Hawthorn)
- Brady Rawlings (North Melbourne)
- Jade Rawlings (Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs, North Melbourne)
- Matthew Richardson (Richmond)
- Ben Harrison (Carlton, Richmond, Western Bulldogs)
- Dion Scott (Sydney, Brisbane Bears, Brisbane Lions)
- Matthew Febey (Melbourne)
- Steven Febey (Melbourne)
- Joseph Lyons – Prime Minister of Australia 1932–1939 Premier of Tasmania 1923–1928
- Dame Enid Lyons
- Madison Mace 2016
On 26 February 1929, father Thomas Edgar Archer murdered his five children and his wife, and then set fire to their house in Devonport. He killed himself after the attack.
The city of Devonport has a formal sister city agreement with Minamata City in Japan. This was ratified in 1996. Both cities share a similar setting and area.
- Minamata, Japan (1996)
- City of Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia (destination for "Spirit of Tasmania" ferries from Devonport)
- "Estimated Resident Population".
- Devonport to lose its Torquay Ferry service
- Devonport's Torquay ferry to return
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- "Mayor and Aldermen". devonport.tas.gov.au. Retrieved June 2009. Check date values in:
- "Tasmanian Shipping". Retrieved 25 July 2015.
- "Devonport to Melbourne Ferry Journey Length". Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "Climate Data". BoM. Retrieved 3 June 2014.
- "Devonport Rugby Club". devonportbulls.rugbynet.com.au. Retrieved June 2009. Check date values in:
- "Devonport Athletic Club". tas.cycling.org.au. Retrieved June 2009. Check date values in:
- "Sports Carnival Association of Tasmania". tascarnivals.com. Retrieved June 2009. Check date values in:
- "Agricultural Show Council of Tasmania". ascti.com.au. Retrieved June 2009. Check date values in:
- "SHOCKING TRAGEDY.". The Canberra Times. National Library of Australia. 27 February 1929. p. 1.
"FATHER'S CRIME.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 20 March 1929. p. 13.
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