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Perth - Tasmania
Take a self guided walking tour past the notable Baptist and Methodist churches,
some private homes and historic shop fronts.
Perth sits 20 km south of Launceston, on the Midland Highway and has a population of 2,567 (2011 Census).
You can pick up a National Trust brochure from the post office and take a self-guided walking tour past the notable Baptist and Methodist churches, some private homes and historic shop fronts.
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A Little History
The area was first explored by Europeans as early as 1806, shortly after the establishment of Launceston and it was passed through by Governor Macquarie on his first exploration of 1811.
Ten years later, on 30 May, 1821 he stood near where the Perth bridge stands today, and declared it as a site for a future town, naming it after Perth in Scotland.
Subsequently a ferry began operating across the South Esk river and a military post and an inn were erected.
The first settler in the area was Thomas Massey, the Chief Constable of Launceston, who established a farm in the district in 1814.
Famously, the farm was raided and the barn was burnt down by the bushranger Matthew Brady in 1824.
The town was laid out in 1833 and a bridge across the South Esk river was constructed by convict labour three years later.
The bridge was subsequently destroyed by floods in 1880, and again in 1929 and 1971 and has been rebuilt on each occasion.
In 1837, five years after the practice ceased in England, the body of John McKay was gibbeted near the spot where he murdered Joseph Wilson near Perth.
There was great outcry, but the body was not removed until an acquaintance of Wilson passed the spot and horrified by the sight of McKay’s rotting corpse, pleaded with the authorities to remove it.
The place where this occurred was just to the right (when traveling towards Launceston) of the Midlands Highway on the northern side of Perth, and is marked by a sign which reads “Gibbet Hill”.
He was sometimes known as the "Gentleman Bushranger" due to his good treatment and fine manners when robbing his victims.
Brady considered himself a gentleman, who never robbed or insulted women.
The military considered him a dangerous bushranger.
Brady's gang held up Sorell and captured the local garrison (in which the garrison commander, Lieut. William Gunn was shot in the arm, which was subsequently amputated).
Lieut. Governor Arthur posted rewards for the capture of Brady and his gang.
In return, Brady posted a reward of "Twenty gallons of rum" to any person who would deliver Governor Arthur to him.
It was the last case of gibbeting in a British colony.
A description of Perth c 1852
Perth [is] a town on the northern bank of the South Esk, in the parish of Perth and county of Cornwall, 110 miles (177 km) from Hobart, and 11 miles (18 km) from Launceston.
It has an episcopal church and school, a Wesleyan chapel, three inns, and a police and post station.
The South Esk is crossed at this place by one of the best stone bridges in the island.
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