History of the Valley
Prints and paintings depicting the history of the Cataract Gorge and the Tamar: www.images.statelibrary.tas.gov.au
The Devastating Flood of 1929
rain began in northern Tasmania on the Wednesday 3 April 1929. In 72
hours the river rose to record levels with an enormous mass of water
through the Cataract Gorge on the Friday night combining with the
floodwater from the North Esk. It flooded 1000 houses in low-lying
areas such as Inveresk. 3,500 people were evacuated and the power
station at Duck Reach was washed away.
York Town –Archaeological dig:
Tamar Historical Society conducts tours of the forth oldest settlement
site in Australia. In 1804 Lieut-Col William Paterson led a convoy of
four ships with 200 convicts, soldiers, women and children into the
Tamar Valley and landed at York Town.
archaeological students from La Trobe University are excavating the
site. Colonel Paterson’s cottage, soldiers quarters and Riley’s cottage
are being uncovered with a treasure trove of artefacts.
See also www.abc.net.au/northtas/stories/s1565631.htm