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Tasmanian Place Names and Changes

Originally compiled by Jackie Browne in 1999. Updated by Mike Hurburgh and Robert Tanner in October 2002 and further updated by Robert Tanner in August 2003.

We are always searching for accuracy! Changes and additions are very welcome. Pease quote the source when notifying.

Don't know where a particular place is?  Then try Geoscience Australia or Whereis . And there is the LIST - the Land Information System Tasmania which provides various Tasmanian maps right down to street level.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

FORMER NAMECHANGED TONOTES (Numbers in brackets refer to source)SOURCE

A

   
Adam's River FieldAdamsfield 12
AlfordPipers River 1
Allan SidingBoat Harbour Siding1
Altmore [Altmoor (12)]RangaChanged back to Altamoor 1909 (12)1, 12
AusterleyOsterley 1
Austins FarmAustins Ferry 1

B

   
Back RiverMagraChanged 1912 (12)8, 12
Bad BayBeaufort (South Burnie) 1
Badger PlainsUlverstoneChanged pre 1900 (12)12
Baker's Rivulet/CreekLucaston1909 (12)12
Bathurst PlainsClarendon 1
BeachsideLower Sandy Baypre 1900 (12)12
BeltanaLindisfarne1903 (12)1, 12
Big RiverOuse River 1
BismarckCollinsvale1915-1916 (12)10, 12
Black BrushMangalore 8
Black HillsBlack River 1
Black RiverMawbanna 1
Black Sugar LoafBirralee1915 (12)1, 12
Blackwood HillsRowella1912 (12)12
Blythe StationHeybridge Station 1
Bradshaw's CreekPioneer1955, but both names appeared in 1909 Walsh's Almanac (12)1, 12
Brandy CreekBeaconsfieldpre 1900 (12)1, 12
Break o' Day RoadSt Marys Road 1
BreoneSouth Preston 1
Brothers Home MineDerbypre 1900 (12)1
Browns RiverKingston/Kingston BeachAll three are 'suburbs' in Kingborough, although the whole area around the present Kingston Beach was once known as "Browns River". The town of Kingston was proclaimed in January 1851. (8, 10)1, 5, 8
Brumby RivuletBeaufort (Westmorland) 1
BurgessPort Sorell 1, 4 (p. 7)

C

   
Cabbage Tree HillBeaconsfieldpre 1900 (12)1, 12
CamSomerset 1
CarnarvonPort Arthur 1
CascadesKoonyapre 1900 (12)12
Cherry Tree OpeningPawleenapre 1900 (12). When I lived in Sorell (1950s) many people still used the old name. It was also known as Cherry Tree Hollow.(10)1, 12
CheshuntMeanderBoth names appeared in 1909 Walsh's Almanac (12)12
Circular HeadStanleyBut "Circular Head" is still the name of the municipality.(10)1
Clarence PlainsRokeby 1
ClaythornRosevears 1
Cloud BayBeaufort (South Bay) 1
CloverdaleUpper Eskc1949 (12)1, 12
Clyde RiverBothwellBothwell is on the Clyde River.(10)1
Coal RiverRichmond ?The Coal River runs through Richmond.  "The Coal River" was more the area north of Richmond, including Campania and possibly Colebrook.(7)1, 7
Cocked HatBreadalbane 1
Constitution HillDysartThe feature is still "Constitution Hill", but the town is now "Dysart".(10)1
CookvilleAdventure Bay 1
Copper Alley BayLymingtonpre 1900 (12)12
CormistonRiverside 1
CottonUlverstonepre 1900 (12)1, 12
Cox's ParadiseScottsdalepre 1900 (12)12
Cross MarshMelton Mowbraypre 1900 (12)9, 12

D

   
Daniel's BayLunawannac1909 (12)12
Dee BridgeDee 1
DerwentBushy Parkpost 1909 (12)12
Detention (River)Rocky CapeThe "Rocky Cape" sheet of the 1:25,000 map series (1981) shows it as "Rocky Cape", but the name "Detention River" was still recognised by Australia Post for some time after that.(6,10) post 1909 (12)1, 6, 12
Du CaneTomahawkpost 1900 (12)12

E

   
East MarrawahRedpa 1
EdenSprent 1
Elizabeth (Town)New Norfolkpre 1900 (12). But note there is an "Elizabeth Town" in North West Tasmania.(10)1, 12
EllentonCamena 1
EllentonCuprona 1
EllentonMontumana 1
EllenvilleEllendale 1
EllesmereScottsdale1893-1894 (12)12
Emu Bay 1855+Burnie 1

F

   
Fat Doe RiverBothwellpre 1900 (12)1, 12
Fat Doe RiverClyde River 1
Forester's HillNotley Hillsc1950 (12)12
FormbyDevonport (West)1890 (12)1, 4 (p. 7), 12
Forsters BridgeDee 1
Fossil BankParramatta 1

G

   
Geeves TownGeeveston 1
GlenexeLower Marshes 1
Gordon PlainsEvandalepre 1900 (12)1, 12
Green PointBridgewaterBoth names appeared in 1900 Walsh's Almanac (12)1, 12
Green (Water) PondsKemptonpre 1900 (12). The name "Green Ponds" remained as the municipality until 1994, when it became part of "Southern Midlands". (8)1, 8, 12
Green Water HolesKemptonsee above1, 12
GregsonOtagopost 1909 (12)12

H

   
Hamilton on ClydeHamilton 1
Hamilton on ForthForth 1
Hamilton RoadHayes 2
HavelockEagleHawk Neck 1
HeidelbergHarford1900 (12)12
Henrietta PlainsPowranna 1
Hobart TownHobart 8
HobartonHobart 8
Hollow TreeCambridgepre 1900 (12)12
HoneysuckleEvandalec1820 (12)12
HoneywoodGeevestonpre 1900 (12)1, 12
Horton Circular HeadCircular Head is a feature (cape) and a municipality.(10)1
Horton pre 1855Burnie 1
HullJudburypost 1909 (12)1, 12
Hurst TownLyndhurst1853 (12)1, 12
HytheSouthport1969 (12)1, 12

I

   
IlfracombeBeauty Pointpre 1900 (12).12
IlfravilleBeauty Pointpre 1900 (12). However, current maps show "Ilfraville" a little to the north of Beauty Point (10).12
IrishtownNicholls Rivuletpre 1900 (12)12

J

  
JerusalemColebrookpre 1900 (12). Known as "Jerusalem in Colebrookdale" throughout the 1840's.(7)1, 7, 12
Judd's CreekJudbury1924 (12)12

K

   
Kangaroo BayBellerive1892 (12)12
Kangaroo Point Bellerive 1
Kangaroo Valley Lenah Valleypost 1909 (12)1, 12
KawallahNewsteadpre 1900 (12). I remember, when I was young, the Newstead Post Office was renamed "Kawallah" to avoid confusion with Newstead in Victoria. (10)12
KentishSheffield District"Kentish" is a municipality with Sheffield as its administrative centre.(10) 1
King Georges PlainsGlenorchy 1
King's TownKingston188212
KoomellaWest Scottsdale 12
Krushka's BridgeMoorinapre 1900 (12)12

L

   
Lake River Pisa 1
LatourLongfordpre 1900 (12)1, 12
LeanardsburghNo longer existsThe Leonardsburg Prospect is located on the Andersons Creek in north Tasmania. It was near Beaconsfield.1, 15
LevenUlverstone 1
Lightwood BottomGeevestonpre 1900 (12)1, 12
LindaGormanstonBoth names appeared in 1909 Walsh's Almanac (12). Both places still exist - even though almost ghost towns. Maybe the current Gormanston was once a part of Linda, or maybe Waters got it wrong. (10)12
Lisle PondsNabowlaThere is still a place called "Lisle" near Nabowla.(10)1
Little Oyster Cove RivuletKettering 1
Long BayMiddleton 1
LongmeadowsFranklin Villagepre 1900 (12)12
LovettCygnet1915 (12)1, 12
LyettaClarence Pointc1960 (12)1, 12
LymingtonNileBoth names appeared in 1900 Walsh's Almanac (12). Not to be confused with another place called "Lymington" near Cygnet.(10)1, 8, 12
LyndhurstTomahawk 1
LyttletonCarrick 1

M

   
MacquariePillinger1900 (12)12
Macquarie PlainsGretnaAlthough there is a place "Macquarie Plains" on the road to National Park a bit after the turn-off from the Lyell Highway, the Post Office at Gretna was "Macquarie Plains" before being changed to "Gretna". (2, 10)2
Macquarie's TownshipHamiltonpre 1900 (12)12
MarawayleeRiverside West 12
Mill's ReefAllonah1955 (12)1, 12
MontaguTogaripost 1955 (12)12
Montos MarshEllendale 1
MorvenEvandale 1
Mount Bischoff MineWaratahThe town grew up around the mine. (8)1, 8
Muddy PlainsPateena 1
Muddy PlainsSandford 1

N

   
Native CornersBeaumont"Native Corners" is also an area near Campania. (8)1
Native TierOsterleyName changed in 1900 (2). Both names appeared in 1900 Walsh's Almanac (12).1, 2, 12
NewnhamAlanvaleBoth are current suburbs of Launceston, although what is now Alanvale was previously part of Newnham.(10)10
Nine Mile SpringsLefroy 1
Nive RoadTarraleah 2
Norfolk PlainsLongford1860 (12). The name "Norfolk Plains" is still used for a large area around Longford.(6)1, 6, 12
Norfolk Plains EastPateena1887 (14)1, 6, 12

O

  14
O'Briens BridgeGlenorchy 1
OberlinBlack Hillspre 1900 (12)12
One Tree PointBrabazon 1
Outer CoveGeorgetown 1
Outer HarbourLow Head 1

P

   
PallawahDaisy Dell 1
Paterson PlainsSt Leonardspre 1900 (12)1, 12
Pea Jacket PointWybalenna 12
PenghanaQueenstownBoth names appeared in 1900 Walsh's Almanac (12).12
Peppermint BayWoodbridge 1
PittwaterSorell"Pittwater" is a feature.  All the area around it, including Sorell, was once known as "Pittwater".(10)1, 7
Point RapidRowella1912 (12)12
Poole's MarshesOwer Marshes 12
PootarkStormlea1929 (12).12
Port Dalrymple GeorgetownPort Dalrymple is the name given to the mouth of the Tamar River.(8)8
Port Esperance DoverDover is situated on Port Esperance.(10)1
Port FrederickDevonport 1
Port MaldonSomerset 1
PortlandDu Canepre 1900 (12)12
PoyndukPort Daveypre 1900 (12)12
PrestonNaracoopapost 1909 (12)12
Prosser PlainsBuckland 1

Q

  
QueenboroughSandy Bay 8

R

   
Ralphs BayLauderdaleRalphs Bay still exists as a feature.(10)1
Reibys FordHadspen 1
RialannahMount Nelsonpre 1900 (12)12
Richmond HillKayena 12
Risdon RiseLutana 1
River PlentyPlenty 2
RomaineSuburb of BurnieStill "Romaine", but once a separate town/village.(10)1, 5
Rumneys Hut(s)Baden1905 (12)1, 12
RussellWesterway 2

S

   
Saggy FlatsStrickland 1
San DiegoDarlingtonpre 1900 (12)12
Settlement PointEmitapost 1909 (12)12
Shepton MontacuteDysart1875 (12)1, 12
South BridgewaterGranton1914 (12)12
Snake BanksPowranna 1
Snake PlainsGlendeviepost 1909 (12)12
Spring BayTriabunnaThe name "Spring Bay" persisted as the municipality until 1994, when it amalgamated with Glamorgan.(8)1, 8
St MichaelsRosevears 1
St.Pauls PlainsAvoca 1
StirlingNear Ridgley - no longer a town 1
Stony Hut PlainsGretna 1
Sunny HillsNabageenapost 1909 (12)1, 12
Sweet Water HillsRichmondPrior to 1823 (7)7

T

   
Table CapeWynyardThe name "Table Cape" persisted as the municipality for some time.  It is still the name of a feature near Wynyard.(6, 10)1, 6
Table MountainMount Wellington 3 (p. 14)
TatanaExeterpre 1900 (12). Renamed Exeter in 1968 (16).  Was the name of the Exeter Post Office from 1912 to 1968 (15).12, 15, 16
TembyTriabunnapre 1900 (12)12
The BluffTunnack 13 (p. 87)
The CampScottsdalepre 1900 (12)12
The CornersConara 1
The SpringsBreadalbane 1
The WoolpackGretna 1
Thomas PlainsWeldboroughBoth names appeared in 1900 Walsh's Almanac (12).12
Thompsons MarshGray 1
Three Hut PointGordon 9
TongatabuWeetah191412
TorquayEast Devonport1890 (12)1, 4 (p. 7), 12
Tucker's CornerScottsdalepre 1900 (12)12
Tucker's HillMilbena 12

U

   
Upper FlowerdaleMoorleahpost 1900 (12)12
Upper HuonGlen Huonpost 1900 (12)12
Upper PiperLilydale1887 (14)14
Upper PlentyFulton 1

V

   
VictoriaHuon District 1
Victoria (Valley)Ranelaghpost 1900 (12)1, 12

W

   
Waterhouse RoadHalfway 1
Waterloo Point/WaterlooSwanseaThere is also a small town named "Waterloo" just to the South of Geevestown. (11)1, 5, 11
West LeithTurners Beachpost 1909 (12)12
West BayRowella1912 (12)12
Whiteford HillsMoltema 1
WybalermaGlen Huon 12

X

   

Y

   
YarmouthScamanderBoth names appeared in 1900 Walsh's Almanac (12).12

Z

   

NOTE:  Many of the names under "Place Name Previously" are still in use as a feature.  For example, when a settlement was made on the Clyde River, the settlement became known as "The Clyde River", and was later changed to "Bothwell".  There are quite a few similar places.

SOURCES  (These are not necessarily primary sources):
1. Jackie Browne's original list.
2. Bester, D. (Ed.) (2001) The Derwent Valley from Federation to Millennium. Derwent Valley Council, New Norfolk.
3. Hawley Stancombe, G. (1974) Highway in Van Diemen's Land. G. Hawley Stancombe. (via Meryl Yost)
4. Not stated. (1988) Sassafras - A History of its Settlement and People. Geneva Press, Latrobe. (via Meryl Yost)
5. D.E.L.M. (1998) Tasmanian Towns Street Atlas, Edition 5.  Department of Environment & Land Management, Hobart.
6. Karlena Lockett.
7. Alex Green.
8. Mike Hurburgh.
9. Vivien Rice.
10. Robert Tanner.
11. Anthony Fletcher.
12. Waters, S. (1981) Tasmanian Place Names. In Tasmanian Ancestry, 24:1. TFHS, Launceston. (Reprinted from 2:1)
Waters gave the municipality for each place, but many have changed name or been amalgamated, so I have not included them. Primary sources are given in the original article.
(Information from this source is used with permission of the editor, Tasmanian Ancestry.)
13. Weeding, J.S. (1973) A History of the Southern Midlands of Tasmania, Regal Publications, Launceston. (via Richard Gould)
14. The Launceston Examiner 1 November 1887 p2 (via TROVE)
15.  Burch, Nigel  (2018) An Iron Will
16.  Dennison, C.J. (1994) Where in Tasmania?

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