Devonport, Tasmania

Devonport is a city on the north coast of the state of Tasmania in Australia. Situated near the mouth of the Mersey River city is the third largest of the island with about 22,000 inhabitants.

The city is known above all for its port and the landing of the three ferries Spirit of Tasmania, cope with the regular connections to Sydney and Melbourne in 10 respectively 12 hours travel time.

Although the area has been explored to Devonport in 1825 by Captain Charles Hardwicke, it took several decades, were founded to larger settlements. Only the discovery of coal deposits about 1851 in today's Latrobe led to an increase of vessel traffic and to the emergence of towns on both sides of the River Mersey River. Formby, now called West Devonport, on the west bank and Torquay, now called East Davenport, was built on the east bank at the time. After building a railway line to Formby (1885 ) and the construction of the lighthouse (1889 ) were Formby and Torquay in 1890 to Devonport, an eponymous town in England, together. Around the city is the largest part of the vegetable cultivation of Tasmania on numerous fields. In eight kilometers from the city has an airport with connections to Melbourne and Sydney and Tasmania island king Iceland.

One of the attractions of the city is the Tiagarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre with a small museum on the history and culture of the Tasmanians. In the immediate vicinity of the museum are some rock drawings of these extinct people and culture. In the Devonport Art Gallery works by regional artists are on display. Also located in the city, the Tasmanian Arboretum, an arboretum with rare trees and shrubs. In the village is a statue of the single originating from Tasmania Australian Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and his burial place.

The town is twinned with Port Phillip in Victoria of Australia and Minamata in Japan.


Sons and daughters of the city