|Population||2,166 (2006 census)|
Pontville was sited by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, in 1821, and was an early garrison town, where convicts built the bridge over the Jordan River. During World Wars I and II the area had a major army camp.
There is an old sandstone bridge in Pontville that lies on the Jordan River. The bridge is part of the Midland Highway.
A railway line connected the town with Hobart from 1891 until 1947. Additional excursion trains operated from Hobart, bringing riflemen to the nearby range.
Brighton Post Office opened on 1 June 1832, was renamed Pontville in 1895, and closed in 1973.
The federal government has announced that it will spend $15 million on converting the army rifle range to an asylum-seeker detention centre, housing 400 people, mainly single adult men. Although the centre was used to house under age males also. Since then it has been announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that it will be closed. http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/pontville-experience-showcases-our-better-natures-20120220-1tirp.html
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Pontville (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
- A Short History of the Apsley Branch Line Stokes, H.J.W. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, July, 1971 pp. 152-160
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
- Cooper, Mex (5 April 2011). "Tasmanian solution for asylum seekers". The Age. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
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