Hamilton, Tasmania

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Hamilton is located in Tasmania
Coordinates42°33′22″S 146°50′02″E / 42.556°S 146.834°E / -42.556; 146.834Coordinates: 42°33′22″S 146°50′02″E / 42.556°S 146.834°E / -42.556; 146.834
Population300 (2006 census)[1]
LGA(s)Central Highlands Council
State electorate(s)Lyons
Federal Division(s)Lyons

Hamilton is a small rural town 73 kilometres (45 mi) north-west of Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. It is on the Lyell Highway. At the 2006 census, the town and surrounding area had a population of 300.[1]

Governor Macquarie named the locality as 'Sorell Plains',[2] and it became locally known as 'Macquarie' and 'Lower Clyde'.

Governor Arthur finalised a name for the locality and this was announced in 1826 (Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser, Friday 28 July 1826, page 3). Hamilton was named after William Henry Hamilton,[3] a wealthy free settler who had arrived in Van Diemen's Land in April 1824.

Hamilton Post Office opened on 1 June 1832.[4]

Hamilton was once a bustling frontier town that contained many inns and several working breweries.

It contains a few small shops and buildings, such as the court house, many of them dating back to convict times.

Cricketer Percy Lewis was born here in 1864.[5]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hamilton (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 August 2007.
  2. ^ "TASMANIA'S EARLY DAYS". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas. 19 July 1928. p. 11. Retrieved 31 December 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/hamilton-william-henry-2150
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Percy Lewis". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Stoddart, D. Michael (editor) (1993). Walk to the West. Hobart: The Royal Society of Tasmania. ISBN 0-9598679-9-6.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Beavan, Ernest G. (1988) Take heed lest you forget: a history of St. Peter's Anglican Church, Hamilton, Tasmania. Hamilton, Tas. St. Peter's Church Vestry. ISBN 0-7316-2438-6