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Cressy - Tasmania
Tasmania's 'Trout capital'
If you are up for a spot of trout fishing, in season, head to Cressy.
If you are up for a spot of trout fishing, and have remembered your fishing licence, you might want to head 11 kilometres south of Longford to Tasmania's 'Trout capital', Cressy.
Fishing season runs from the first Saturday in August to the Sunday nearest 30 April.
Fishing licences are required to fish on inland waters in Tasmania and can be purchased on-line.
Cressy is a small, attractive, and historically significant town in the heart of the Northern Midlands rural district and its first hotel, the Cressy Hotel built by William Brumby, was opened in 1845.
Cressy was officially recognised in 1848, with its post office opening in 1856.
The town has a population of around 670 and is also noted as an important producer of oats, barley, peas and beans.
In the beginning
Prior to the arrival of Europeans the area around Cressy was occupied by members of the Tyerrnotepanner Aboriginal language group.
In 1826 the area was settled by Batholomew Thomas, a representative of an English company, the New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Establishment, which had been granted 20,000 acres in the district.
The land owned by the New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land Establishment (which became known as the Cressy Establishment) developed into a substantial wheat farm and prospered until it was sold in 1856.
The area of Norfolk Plains, which takes in the Cressy district, was at one time the richest wheat growing area in Tasmania.
Today more specialised crops, like poppies for the pharmaceutical industry, are grown.
Many of its original homesteads and farm buildings still exist around the tiny township.
It is home to an extensive agriculture research facility for the Tasmanian Institute of Agricultural Research.
Out And About In Cressy
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