Stanley Around the World – Tasmania

Continuing our exploration of Stanleys around the world, this month we feature the closest Stanley, approximately 500km to the south-south west in northern Tasmania.

Tasmania’s Stanley was established in the early 1800’s as the headquarters for the Van Dieman’s Land Company, which sought to establish a fine merino wool industry as well as grazing operations.

A key geological feature of the region is a flat topped rock outcrop know as ‘The Nut’.  Discovered in 1798 by explorers Bass and Flinders, who officially named it Circular Head.

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The town was named after Lord Stanley, the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the 1830’s and 1840’s. He later had three terms of office as British Prime Minister.

Among the more famous former residents of Stanley are:
Joseph Lyons
(10th Australian Prime Minister and the only Tasmanian PM),
Jim Willis
(Australian botanist) and
Bill Mollison
(co-founder of the Permaculture movement).

Stanley was also the first point of telegraph and telephone contact between Tasmania and the mainland when a cable was laid in 1936.

Today the historic town is a tourist destination and main fishing port on Tasmania’s north-west cost.  It boasts of population of around 460 people.

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