Electoral division of Murchison
The electoral division of Murchison is one of the fifteen electorates in the Tasmanian Legislative Council. It is the largest electorate in size, covering an area of 19,675 km² and it is located on the western coast of Tasmania and includes the municipalities of Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast and Circular Head. The electorate is named after Mount Murchison near Rosebery and the Murchison River which flows through the region, within the boundaries of Murchison are the towns of, Zeehan, Wynyard, Stanley, Somerset and Waratah. The number of enrolled voters is 23,820, the sitting member is Ruth Forrest, who was re-elected unopposed in 2011. Tasmanian Parliament Website Tasmanian Electoral Commission
Mount Huxley (Tasmania)
Mount Huxley is a mountain located on the West Coast Range in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. With an elevation of 926 metres above sea level, the mountain was named by Charles Gould in 1863 in honour of Professor Thomas Henry Huxley. On 1 July the Crown Solicitor told a magistrate that while the mine had undoubtedly been salted, there was insufficient evidence, and the charges were withdrawn. The mountain is located north of the King River Gorge and Crotty Dam and north of Mount Jukes, west of the Tofft River, Thureau Hills, a very rough track approaches the mountain from the north, and from the south Queenstown area. The southern side is sheer cliff into the King River Gorge, list of highest mountains of Tasmania Blainey, Geoffrey. Western Tasmania - A land of riches and beauty,2003 edition - Queenstown, Municipality of Queenstown. 1949 edition - Hobart, Davies Brothers, OCLC48825404, ASIN B000FMPZ801924 edition - Queenstown, Mount Lyell Tourist Association. West Coast Range on Google Maps context of World Heritage Area
Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus, commonly known as button grass, is a species of tussock-forming sedge from southeastern Australia. It forms part of a habitat in Tasmania. Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus is a perennial species which forms a clump or tussock. The leaf blades reach 50 cm in length, and 0. 1–0.25 cm in width, the round flowerheads arise out of the tussock, on culms which are up to a metre high. They are around 1. 5–2 cm in diameter and made up of flattened spikelets 0.5 cm long and its root system is a mass of fleshy carbohydrate-rich rhizomes, which are edible. In New South Wales it is found from Gibraltar Range south to Robertson and it is much more abundant and widespread in Tasmania, where it is common in the western part of the state. Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus grows in damp soils, and in Tasmania forms a low grassland or moor in which it is the dominant shrub. The leaves of Gymnoschoenus sphaerocephalus have the lowest recorded phosphorus content of any plant species, the soil it grows in is a peat which is acidic, with a pH of 3.5 to 4.5.
Button grass may form a relationship with a species of burrowing crayfish Parastacoides tasmanicus. It is an item of the critically endangered orange-bellied parrot
West Coast, Tasmania
The West Coast of Tasmania is the part of the state that is strongly associated with wilderness and tourism, rough country and isolation. As well as that, it was a convict settlement location in the early stages of Van Diemens Land. As a consequence of the images of the region and its attributes, it is considered outside the tamed. The separation from the south west region, is that the south west has never had roads or other technical links back to the east coast, the west coast has a much cooler and wetter climate when compared to the east coast. Frequent low pressure systems hit the west coast causing heavy rain, the West Coast Range blocks these systems from impacting the east, therefore making the West Coast a rain catchment with some areas receiving over 2,000 millimetres of rain a year. In winter temperatures at sea level hover around 10 °C, the temperatures are much lower inland from the coast with maximums in winter often failing to surpass 0 °C. Typically, the line in winter is around 900 metres.
Summer is mild with temperatures averaging between 17 °C and 21 °C, though some days still fail to reach 10 °C. Despite snowfall usually occurring in winter, it has known to fall in the middle of summer. Many outsiders have had difficulty understanding the isolation of the west coast, and the communities. Initially the only way in and out was by sea, Railways were the main land connection from the 1920s to the 1960s - though that connection was with the north coast, rather than the more populous southeast. Memorial plaques to recent lost sailors on the wall at the edge of the Strahan wharf illustrate this. The current airstrip is at Strahan, with the airstrip at Queenstown no longer a current registered landing ground, in the 1970s a regular service to the east coast was run by Airlines of Tasmania. All transport services to the west coast are subject to interruption by severe weather, in addition to closures of air and marine service, the roads to the west coast may be blocked for days at a time by ice and snow during severe winter conditions. J.
For a brief time in the early 20th century the west coast had population and political power on a parity with Hobart, following the demise of most of the Zeehan mines, the west coast population has either remained static, or declined relative to other parts of the island. The environment is described with particular historical understanding by C. J. Binks in Explorers of Western Tasmania Chapter 2 - A Sketch of the Western Country. See West Coast Range The convict era is introduced in articles about Macquarie Harbour Penal Station, Convicts on the West Coast of Tasmania, the reliance on the railways can be found in the separate article West Coast Tasmania Railways. The mining history was captured first in Charles Whithams Western Tasmania book - and Geoffrey Blaineys Peaks of Lyell, see the list at West Coast Tasmania Mines for a list that includes historical names and locations - many now long abandoned
Division of Braddon
The Division of Braddon is an Australian electoral division in the state of Tasmania. The division was created at the Tasmanian redistribution of 30 August 1955 and it is named for Sir Edward Braddon, a Premier of Tasmania and one of Tasmanias five original federal members of parliament. Braddon is an electorate covering approximately 20,826 square kilometres in the north-western and west of Tasmania. The cities of Burnie and Devonport are major centres in the division. Other towns include Currie, Penguin, Rosebery, Somerset, Strahan, Waratah and Zeehan. The current Member for the Division of Braddon, since the 2016 federal election, is Justine Keay, following the election of the Whitlam government and the period following the Franklin Dam controversy, Braddon became a relatively safe seat for the Liberal Party. In more recent years, the division has usually been a marginal seat and its most prominent member was Ray Groom. Groom was to represent Denison in the Tasmanian Parliament 1986–2001, Division Braddon – Australian Electoral Commission
Lake Rosebery (Tasmania)
Lake Rosebery is a man-made reservoir located in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. The reservoir was formed by the damming of the Pieman River by the Bastyan Dam by Hydro Tasmania, feeder rivers include the dammed Mackintosh and Murchison rivers. The diverted Emu Bay Railway line and the Wee Georgie Wood Railway line run close to the lake, list of reservoirs and dams in Tasmania Hepper, Marriott & Associates. Pieman Sustainability Review, Information review of the Anthony-Pieman hydropower scheme
Franklin Land District
Franklin Land District is one of the twenty land districts of Tasmania which are part of the Cadastral divisions of Tasmania. It used to be Franklin County, one of the 18 counties of Tasmania, frenchmans Cap mountain is located there. It includes most of the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park
Mount Jukes (Tasmania)
Mount Jukes is a mountain located on the Jukes Range, a spur off the West Coast Range, in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. With an elevation of 1,168 metres above sea level, with multiple peaks, the mountain was named by Charles Gould in 1862 in honour of Professor Joseph Jukes, an English geologist who gathered evidence to part afforded support for Charles Darwins theories of coral reefs. Jukes had visited Hobart in 1842-3 on HMS Fly and it has had mines and small mining camps adjacent to the lakes, and on the northern upper slopes, near where the Mount Jukes road traverses the upper slopes of the King River Gorge. The Mount Jukes Road was constructed by the Hydro in the 1980s at the time the Crotty Dam was made and it connects southern Queenstown with Darwin Dam, where the previously utilised North Mount Lyell Railway formation between the Linda Valley and Crotty was submerged by Lake Burbury. Two named glacial lakes in the part of the eastern side of the mountain are the Upper Lake Jukes.
It is by the lakes that a number of mines were started in the early years of the twentieth century. Mount Huxley is located to the north and Mount Darwin is located to the south, central Peak Some other named features include Yellow Knob, Yellow Knob Spur, South Jukes Spur, Crown Spur, East Jukes Spur, Intercolonial Spur, Cliff Spur, and Newall Spur. List of highest mountains of Tasmania Blainey, western Tasmania - A land of riches and beauty
Tasmania is an island state of the Commonwealth of Australia. It is located 240 km to the south of the Australian mainland, the state encompasses the main island of Tasmania, the 26th-largest island in the world, and the surrounding 334 islands. The state has a population of around 519,100, just over forty percent of which resides in the Greater Hobart precinct, Tasmanias area is 68,401 km2, of which the main island covers 64,519 km2. Though an island state, due to an error the state shares a land border with Victoria at its northernmost terrestrial point, Boundary Islet. The Bishop and Clerk Islets, about 37 km south of Macquarie Island, are the southernmost terrestrial point of the state of Tasmania, the island is believed to have been occupied by Aboriginals for 40,000 years before British colonisation. It is thought Tasmanian Aboriginals were separated from the mainland Aboriginal groups about 10,000 years ago when the sea rose to form Bass Strait. The conflict, which peaked between 1825 and 1831 and led to more than three years of law, cost the lives of almost 1100 Aboriginals and settlers.
The near-destruction of Tasmanias Aboriginal population has been described by historians as an act of genocide by the British. The island was part of the Colony of New South Wales. In 1854 the present Constitution of Tasmania was passed and the year the state received permission to change its name to Tasmania. In 1901 it became a state through the process of the Federation of Australia, the state is named after Dutch explorer Abel Tasman, who made the first reported European sighting of the island on 24 November 1642. Tasman named the island Anthony van Diemens Land after his sponsor Anthony van Diemen, the name was shortened to Van Diemens Land by the British. It was officially renamed Tasmania in honour of its first European discoverer on 1 January 1856, Tasmania was sometimes referred to as Dervon, as mentioned in the Jerilderie Letter written by the notorious Australian bushranger Ned Kelly in 1879. The colloquial expression for the state is Tassie, Tasmania is colloquially shortened to Tas, especially when used in business names and website addresses.
TAS is the Australia Post abbreviation for the state, the reconstructed Palawa kani language name for Tasmania is Lutriwita. The island was adjoined to the mainland of Australia until the end of the last glacial period about 10,000 years ago, much of the island is composed of Jurassic dolerite intrusions through other rock types, sometimes forming large columnar joints. Tasmania has the worlds largest areas of dolerite, with many distinctive mountains, the central plateau and the southeast portions of the island are mostly dolerite. Mount Wellington above Hobart is an example, showing distinct columns known as the Organ Pipes
Mount Murchison (Tasmania)
Mount Murchison is a mountain on the West Coast Range located in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. At 1,275 metres above sea level, it is the highest mountain in the range, lying close to the Williamsford and Tullah mining areas, the mountain is often found referred to in early photographs. It lies east of Zeehan, and Mount Read, and north of Mount Tyndall, the track to the summit takes approximately six hours to complete. From the trig point the nearby Towns of Tullah, Mount Murchison is for moderately experienced climbers and contains sections that includes loose and sometimes slippery rock. The geology of the ground around the mountain relates to the range of mining activities nearby, on the south eastern side there a number of lakes, some unnamed. From the north, they are Shaded Lake, Little Sister, Lake Gaye and Lake Sandra lying to the east of the southernmost part of the main mountain and it was named by Charles Gould in the early 1860s. List of highest mountains of Tasmania Lake Murchison Murchison River Murchison Highway Banks, M. R.
and Kirkpatrick and Man, the interaction between man and environment in Western Tasmania. CS1 maint, Multiple names, authors list Binks, C. J. Explorers of Western Tasmania, Western Tasmania - A land of riches and beauty. Railways, Mines and People and other historical research, sandy Bay, Tasmanian Historical Research Association
West Coast Council
The West Coast Council is a local government area of Tasmania. It covers much of the west of Tasmania and it is the largest Local Government Area of Tasmania by area, and the second least densely populated, after the Central Highlands. It takes in the West Coast Range as well as portions of World Heritage areas and it has a very colourful mining and railway history. It has a significant history of convict settlement and it has weather conditions that are usually on the extreme list for Tasmania - notably Lake Margaret for rainfall and Mount Read usually for low temperatures. In Autumn 2006 heavy rainfall recorded at Mount Read was on a par with Lake Margaret records of the past, Mayor Darryl Gerrity died in early October 2013 and Deputy Mayor Peter Reid became acting mayor. It is an amalgamation of the local government bodies that included Gormanston, Queenstown. The West Coast region has a natural barrier of the West Coast Range and has the Lyell Highway which passes through it to connect with Hobart.
There are no land based transport routes to the south, many residents who could afford shopping trips would go to Melbourne in Victoria, rather than Hobart in Tasmania. The West Coast is a popular tourist destination, the West Coast has extensive industrial and mining heritage