Richmond Bridge in Tasmania, Australia's Oldest Bridge

Colonial Tasmania was once known as Van Diemen’s Land. For some, the life was good, for others not so. Yet communities survived and later prospered. Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821 visited his distant island colony twice, travelling the route between Launceston and Hobart, naming most of the places along the way.

EXPLORING Colonial Tasmania - One Day Course 9.30am - 4.30pm

In Colonial Tasmania:
We explore the early history of the colony and join the Governor as he journeys across this most distant outpost of the British empire.
Macquarie travelled along the route of the Midlands Highway, Naming about 90% of the places
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Course Information

The Exploring Colonial Tasmania Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: Saturday 28 April
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • DISCOVERY AND HOBART TOWN.
  • Early maritime explorers.
  • Securing the colony against the French.
  • Risdon Cove, David Collins founds Hobart.
  • Exploring Mount Wellington, Hobart, Mount Nelson.
  • Battery Point, Narynya, New Norfolk.
  • SESSION 2.
  • MACQUARIE’S FIRST JOURNEY.
  • Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie.
  • Exploring Jericho, Epping Forest, Cleveland, Launceston.
  • Port Dalrymple, George Town.
  • Franklin House, Penitentiary Chapel.
  • SESSION 3.
  • MACQUARIE’S SECOND JOURNEY.
  • Exploring the historic Midlands Highway.
  • Longford, Woolmers, Brickendon.
  • Entally Estate, Campbell Town, Ross.
  • Oatlands, Kempton, Richmond.
  • SESSION 4.
  • GOVERNORS ARTHUR AND FRANKLIN.
  • The Black Line, Augustus Robinson.
  • Port Arthur, Exploring Ben Lomond.
  • Deddington, Evandale, Clarendon.
  • Ancanthe, Rokeby, Female Factory, Runnymede.
  • Cascade Brewery, Trugannini.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • 1. Know about Lachlan Macquarie’s influence on colonial Tasmania.
  • 2. Know the history of Aboriginal removal from their lands.
  • 3. more confidently pursue your interests in travel to Tasmania.