Towns of Tasmania - Pontville
The village is on highway "1" just 27 km north of Hobart on the Midlands Highway.
First explored by Europeans in 1804, the area was an important source of game-meat to nourish the fledgling colony of at Sullivans Cove, today's City of Hobart. It is claimed that during a hunting expedition, Royal Marine Private Hugh Germain, started giving various local sites exotic names. A few kilometres north of Pontville, lies the township of Bagdad, and Pontville is actually situated on the banks of the Jordan River. Germain reportedly travelled through the area with a copy of The Bible and the Arabian Nights giving places names like Jerusalem, Jericho and Jordan!
By the 1820s there was a small settlement at Pontville but the real development of the village occurred in the 1830s and 1840s. It was a stop on the coach road from Hobart to Port Dalrymple (Launceston) in the 1830s. Much of the sandstone which was used in construction of buildings in Hobart, came from this area. In the middle of the 19th century Pontville was a garrison town, where transported convicts built the bridge over the Jordon River.
Pontville was developed on land which was originally owned by William Kimberley. In 1838 this land was sold and a number of important examples of Colonial Architecture - the Police Station (1839), the Courthouse (1842), St Marks Church (1839) and the Crown Inn (1835) - were constructed. St Marks was designed by convict Architect James Blackburn. The Crown Inns' most famous customer is said to have been the bushranger, Martin Cash. Affectionately know as "The Pontville Pub, The Crown Inn serves excellent meals in it's dining room, Bushrangers. You may check out the latest menu, HERE.
References for this material include the SMH, Tas Govt and local knowledge.
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This site was updated on Monday, 20 October 2008 by Kelvin Markham Ph 0419 152 612