Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Evandale, Tasmania

Visiting Evandale

 I can't help but smile whenever I am in this beautiful village because I need do nothing more than to walk/drive around taking in the architecture and the atmosphere to feel fully satisfied.

Heritage Walk Booklet

To add some depth and colour to your visit, you can pick up a Heritage Walk booklet (available from the Evandale Tourist Information Centre for $3 - at the time of writing) and spend half a day walking around this magnificent heritage listed village, or visit on a Sunday and include a couple of hours at the large weekly markets.
Throw in a meal or two at any of the local eateries, or a picnic lunch in one of the pleasant parks and you have a fulfilling day done.

The Tourist Information Centre is at 18 High Street, Evandale

 Along with its history and preserved architectural beauty, Evandale is also known for its long running Sunday market and as host to the annual World Penny Farthing bicycle Championships - held annually in February.

There is a primary school, churches, parks, pubs, shops and a fire station, cafes and antique shops - nearby locations include Nile, Deddington and Perth.

Evandale has been a centre of agriculture and pastoral activity since 1820, when grazing licences and location orders were replaced by firmer land titles.

The area consists of the central plain of the South Esk Valley and tributaries, skirted by the foothills and mountains of Ben Lomond Range.

These uplands have yielded considerable timber resources and the municipality is noted for the production of wool, fat lambs, sheep, cattle, dairy products, peas, barley, wheat and oats.

Overnight camping at Falls Park at Evandale
Evandale Markets
Caravans and Motor homes may stay free overnight, but must vacate every Saturday to allow set up for the Sunday Market.

 Black and grey water to be contained.

 A Little History

 The Evandale area was first used [by Europeans] by shepherds seeking new pastures for their flocks in the early 1800s. It is now a small, National Trust classified, Georgian village, sitting on the banks of the South Esk River, around 18 km south of Launceston and 182 km north of Hobart.

The town has a population of around 1,100 (2011 census)

 Evandale was named Honeysuckle Banks by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, who camped on the river-bank below its current site when passing through the region in 1811.

It was also known as Morven before being named Evansdale (1829) and finally Evandale in 1836 after the surveyor and painter George William Evans, who spent much of his later life in Van Diemen's Land.

 Evandale's People

John Batman, the founder of Melbourne, and landscape painter John Glover lived near the town with Glover memorialised in an annual art prize and a statue at Falls Park, while John Kelly, father of the bushranger Ned Kelly, once worked in the township as a convict.

A Scottish mariner, Captain Andrew Barclay, was granted 500 acres (202 ha) of land on the South Esk River in 1816, and another 300 acres (121 ha) the next year where he built 'Trafalgar' - the earliest surviving building in Evandale and one of the oldest farmhouses in Australia.

Barclay continued acquiring land in the surrounding district and by 1828 was considered the largest owner of good land on the island

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