George Town and District Historical Society Inc.
Promoting the History of the George Town District


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Postal Address
310 Low Head Road
Low Head TAS 7253

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    Welcome to the George Town and District Historical Society Inc. website.

    George Town, which is situated at the mouth of the picturesque Tamar River in Northern Tasmania, has an amazing combination of history and heritage together with a range of fascinating attractions and activities. First settled in 1804 it has had an up and down history. It has been the headquarters of Northern Tasmania, popular holiday location, fishing village and industrial town.

    Our goal is to provide you with useful information about our district and we hope it makes it easier for you to make the decision to visit us.

    George Town and District Historical Society Inc. has been promoting history since 1997 when the group formed with the main aim to help out the historic Low Head Pilot Station which now has excellent accommodation and a very popular
    Maritime Museum.

    At this site, you will discover all about George Town and the surrounding district and we hope that one day you will be able to pay us a visit. You will be pleasantly surprised.

    Feel free to browse around this site. If you have comments or questions about our district, or simply need more information and want to contact us, click on the contact button on any page within this site.

    Thanks for visiting and we look forward to seeing you.


    Latest Publications

      It has arrived:
      The long awaited book Convict Lives at the George Town Female Factory has been launched and is for sale from the Historical Society and at the George Town Watch House for $25.00.

      The book edited by well known author Alison Alexander and published by Convict Women’s Press is a collection of stories about female convicts who spent time in the Female Factory at George Town between the years 1822 and 1834.

      The book is the fourth in the series, the others being the Cascades, Ross and Launceston all of which are available at the Watch House Museum.

      For further information click on Convict Lives.


      Macquarie’s George Town.
      George Town celebrated it’s 200th birthday on Dec 18th 2011 and the Society published a handy, informative booklet which discusses the:

      - early settlement of Outer Cove.
      - establishment of George Town.
      - Bigge Commission.
      - Macquarie’s second visit to George Town.
      - return of headquarters back to Launceston.
      - legacy of Macquarie’s town.
      - short biographies of Governor Macquarie, Elizabeth his wife and John Bigge.

      The publication is available from the Historical Society, George Town Watch House and the Low Head Pilot Station Museum for $5.00.

      Email for further information.


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