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This building at "Harefield" near St Marys was the cottage built by
Dr Alexander Thomson in the
early 1830s.
It is believed to be the oldest building still standing in the Fingal valley

 


Cullenswood Rail Station
1960

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TOWNS OF THE FINGAL VALLEY

Avoca
Avoca is the first township as you enter the Fingal Valley from the West. The area was settled in the 1820s, but the township was not established until a Police Barracks was built in the early 1830s. Its main historical attraction is St Thomas Anglican Church, consecrated in 1842
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Cornwall
Cornwall was so named when six miners were brought out from Cornwall in England to open up the coal mines in readiness for the Fingal Railway to be completed in 1886
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Cullenswood
Cullenswood developed as a village and service centre for the Break O' Day Plains after Robert Vincent Legge built his church in 1847
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Fingal
The township of Fingal come about after a Convict Station was established in 1827. The town has a number of convict built freestone buildings including the school, which was built in 1884 and was the first State School in the Fingal Valley. Fingal was also the Headquarters for the first Municipal Council to the area, which was formed in 1863
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Mathinna
Gold was discovered in Mathinna in 1852 and in the 1890s, with the Golden Gate Mine emploring some 300 men per shift, it was the third largest town in Tasmania after Hobart and Launceston
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Mangana
The first gold to be found in Tasmania was at Mangana in 1852
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St Marys
St Marys is the main service centre for the eastern end of the Fingal Valley.
It has a long history dating back to 1867 and whilst industries such as dairy, timber and coal that once saw the town thrive have slowed in recent years, but the town still has a strong community with many retirees and alterative life stile folks moving in for a quieter way of life.
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St Marys 1903
Local Historian, the Late David Clement, has written a wonderful comprehensive insight into life in St Marys as the town and its people entered the Twentieth Century.
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Avoca

Cornwall

Cullenswood

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Mathinna

Mangana

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St Marys 1903

 

 

 

 

You are welcome to view our display of artefacts and photos at the the Cranks & Tinkerers Museum in the Old Railway Station, Main St, St Marys.