|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.
Immigration detention centre
The Federal Government announced in April 2011 that it would spend $15 million on converting the army rifle range to an asylum-seeker detention centre, housing 400 people, mainly single adult men. Although the 'Pontville Immigration Detention Centre' was also used to house under-age males. In February 2012 it was announced by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that the centre would be closed, which it did in September 2013.
- 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.
- Ireland, Judith (14 January 2014). "Scott Morrison announces closure of four immigration detention centres". Sydney Morning Herald. AAP. Retrieved 30 July 2015.
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