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Rossarden is located in Tasmania
Coordinates41°40′S 147°45′E / 41.667°S 147.750°E / -41.667; 147.750Coordinates: 41°40′S 147°45′E / 41.667°S 147.750°E / -41.667; 147.750
Population172 (2006 census)[1]
Elevation610 m (2,001 ft)[2]
LGA(s)Northern Midlands Council
State electorate(s)Lyons
Federal Division(s)Lyons
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
14.8 °C
59 °F
4.5 °C
40 °F
952.5 mm
37.5 in

Rossarden is an old mining town in north-east Tasmania, located 19 km from Avoca and within sight of Ben Lomond.[3] The town came into being primarily as a result of the tin mining operations of Aberfoyle Tin MiningCompany, N.L which created a demand for employees.[4]

The town is located in a valley below Stacks Bluff (1527 m) and it is an old tin mining town, though the mine closed in 1982. Prior to this Rossarden was one of Australia's major tin producing towns. The main road into and out of the town is Rossarden Road.[5]

At the 2006 census, Rossarden and the surrounding area had a population of 172.[1] According to the 2011 census, this number appeared to have grown to 301 people.[6]

In 2008 an irregularity in the deed paperwork belonging to the residents of Rossarden was discovered. It was discovered that each resident actually owned the house next door to their own.[7] The irregularity has since been corrected by the State Government.

By 1933 the town was said to be growing steadily with a town hall, post office and 17 dwelling built in a matter of months, while a community ball was reported to have been arranged in order to raise funds for a tennis and badminton court.[8] The post office opened on 20 November 1933.[9][10]

Nearby locations include Storeys Creek, where there was a wolfram mine, Fingal and Avoca. The town's decline was captured in the Weddings Parties Anything song 'Rossarden'.

A book was written about the town in 2004 focusing on the stories of former residents.[11] There are also various books written about the mineralogy in the area.

In recent times there has been a campaign to draw tourists to the area.[12]

In 2016 plans for a new base station that would better serve mobile telephone coverage in the Rossarden area were revealed.[13]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Rossarden (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 November 2007.
  2. ^ Bureau of Meteorology Retrieved on 2007-11-14
  3. ^ "Rossarden Heritage Highway Tourism Tasmania". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ "ABERFOYLE TIN. Directors' Optimistic Report". Advocate. 10 September 1934. p. 8. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Google Maps". Google Maps. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ "2011 Census QuickStats: 7213, Tas". Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Land title mix-up put right". ABC News. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  8. ^ "ROSSARDEN". The Mercury. 28 August 1934. p. 3. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  9. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  10. ^ "ABERFOYLE TIN MINE New Township Postal and Bank Facilities". The Mercury. 21 November 1933. p. 13. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  11. ^ Blackaby, Narelle (1 January 2004). Rossarden: Echo of the Mountain. Blackaby, Narelle. ISBN 9780646433035.
  12. ^ "Tourism group hopes to revive towns". ABC News. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  13. ^ "New mobile base stations in lyons under coalitions $220 million mobile black spot programme".