Kingborough Council, Tasmania

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Kingborough Council
Tasmania
Map showing the Kingborough local government area[1]
Coordinates 43°11′36″S 147°15′48″E / 43.1932°S 147.2632°E / -43.1932; 147.2632Coordinates: 43°11′36″S 147°15′48″E / 43.1932°S 147.2632°E / -43.1932; 147.2632
Population 35,853 (2016 census)[2]
 • Density 49.8/km2 (129/sq mi)
Established 20 August 1907[3]
Area 717 km2 (276.8 sq mi)
Mayor Steve Wass
Council seat Kingston
Region Kingston and Channel
State electorate(s) Franklin, Denison
Federal Division(s) Franklin, Denison
Kingborough council logo.jpg
Website Kingborough Council
LGAs around Kingborough Council:
Glenorchy Hobart Hobart
Huon Valley Kingborough Council Storm Bay
Huon Valley Southern Ocean Southern Ocean
Map showing Kingborough LGA in Tasmania

Kingborough Council is a local government body in Tasmania, and one of the five municipalities that constitutes the Greater Hobart Area. Kingborough is classified as an urban local government area and has a population of 35,853, it covers the transition from the southern urban areas of Hobart through Kingston, as well as encompassing Bruny Island.

Etymology[edit]

The origin of Kingborough Council is a simple derivation from the name of the main town. The name Kingston was suggested by Mr Lucas in 1851, and the area had been known as Brown's River before then. Why he suggested this name is unknown. Mr Lucas' parents had been raised in England near New Kingston, they had come from Norfolk Island where the capital was Kingston or it might have been named after the Governor of New Norfolk Philip Gidley King.[4]

History[edit]

Europeans settled in the Kingborough Council's district in 1808 at Brown's River (Promenalinah), named after Robert Brown, botanist in 1804. The town and district were both known as Brown's River during the earliest periods of settlement. The Lucas family settled the area and built The Red House, a prominent mansion which is now Kingston Golf Club. Early Kingston developed primarily around The Red House. Development of Kingborough was slow and the first post office opened only in the 1840s. The first road to Hobart, Proctors Road, was opened in 1835.[4]

Kingston was proclaimed a town in 1851. The town's name was suggested by the then Police Magistrate, a member of the Lucas family. By 1890 Kingston had a population of 249. When proclaimed on 20 August 1907, the Kingborough Municipality comprised 3 wards: Kingston, Margate and Longley. On 2 April 1993 Kingborough absorbed the former municipality of Bruny.[3]

In 1877 Keen's Curry was invented in the municipality.[4]

The area developed as a holiday area, especially the suburbs of Kingston Beach and Blackmans Bay. Margate and Kettering operated fishing fleets and Taroona created had a manufacturing industry, primarily through Taroona Shot Tower.[4] Sandfly became a center for small fruits and apple orcharding.[5] The decline of the apple industry progresses during the 1960s, but the industry collapsed entirely following the 1967 Tasmanian fires, when much of the municipality was devastated[6] and most orchards burnt down.[4] A memorial to the 62 fatalities of the fire was constructed in Snug following the fire, where 80 of the towns 120 buildings burned[7] and a permanent exhibition is present at the Channel Heritage Center.

Demographics[edit]

Localities and smaller towns of the region include Taroona, Kettering, Margate, Snug, Blackmans Bay and Woodbridge. Kingston is classified as urban, fringe and medium (UFM) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Local Government Areas from Administrative Boundaries ©PSMA Australia Limited licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0).
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Glenorchy (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 November 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b "Agency Details: Kingborough Municipal Council". search.archives.tas.gov.au. Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "History of Kingston - Early Settlement". kingborough.tas.gov.au/. Kingborough Council. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  5. ^ Gardam, Julie (2014). Sandfly and surrounds (2nd ed.). Snug, Tasmania. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Kingborough's rich heritage revealed". heritage.tas.gov.au. Heritage Tasmania. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Snug Bushfire MemorialPrint". monumentaustralia.org.au. Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  8. ^ "Local government national report 2014-2015". regional.gov.au. Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018. 

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