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Devonport
Tasmania
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Devonport Mall
Devonport is located in Tasmania
Devonport
Population: 21,528 (2001)[1]
Coordinates: 41°10′50″S 146°20′47″E / 41.18056°S 146.34639°E / -41.18056; 146.34639Coordinates: 41°10′50″S 146°20′47″E / 41.18056°S 146.34639°E / -41.18056; 146.34639
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)

AEST (UTC+10)

AEDT (UTC+11)

Location:
LGA: City of Devonport
State District: Braddon
Federal Division: Braddon

Devonport is a city in the north-west of Tasmania, Australia, at the mouth of the Mersey River. It, along with the slightly smaller city of Burnie, is the major regional centres of the north-west of the state. For visitors to Tasmania, it is primarily known as the port for the Spirit of Tasmania ferries - Spirit I and II travel to Melbourne, Victoria.

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History

The area was first surveyed by Captain Charles Hardwicke in 1823. The area was originally known as Port Frederick.[2], then Mersey River, the name of the river flowing through the town. Later it became two separate towns - Formby on the western side, and Torquay on the east (First Settled by Charles Oldaker.[3]). The towns joined to become Devonport (named for Devonport in England) in 1890[4]. Other settlements on the western shore of Wivenhoe and Appledore[5] where encompassed by the new town. Another separate settlement at the time was the Don.

The eastern side is now called East Devonport. (Ambelside was an area on the East Side of the Mersey River)

Devonport was declared a city in 1981[6] by HRH Prince Charles. The Local Government Area is the City of Devonport.

Governance

Lyn Laycock was elected Mayor of the City of Devonport in 2005[7]. There are 12 aldermen that govern the Devonport City Council[8].

Education

Primary Schools include Devonport Primary School, Miandetta Primary School, East Devonport Primary School, Nixon Street Primary School, Spreyton Primary School and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School.

Secondary schools include Devonport High School, Reece High School and St Brendan-Shaw College.

Senior Secondary Education (Years 11-12) is provided by The Don College and St Brendan-Shaw College.

Climate

Devonport has mild to warm summers and cold winters with high humidity (about 70%) all year round. Most days from January to March average 20°C to 25°C with sunshine almost every day, the warmest and driest days can pass 30°C but the humid air from the bass straight often prevents extreme heatwaves. Winters are more overcast with more rainfall with July and August been the wettest months of the year. September to December usually has overcast and windy weather.

Climate data for Devonport Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 21.1
(70)
21.5
(71)
20.2
(68)
17.6
(64)
15.2
(59)
13.3
(56)
12.7
(55)
13.0
(55)
14.0
(57)
15.7
(60)
17.5
(64)
19.5
(67)
16.8
(62)
Average low °C (°F) 12.2
(54)
12.4
(54)
10.6
(51)
8.5
(47)
6.7
(44)
4.9
(41)
4.6
(40)
5.0
(41)
6.0
(43)
7.2
(45)
8.8
(48)
10.5
(51)
8.1
(47)
Precipitation mm (inches) 43.1
(1.7)
36.6
(1.44)
45.8
(1.8)
60.5
(2.38)
75.6
(2.98)
79.2
(3.12)
97.1
(3.82)
89.9
(3.54)
74.8
(2.94)
66.4
(2.61)
55.8
(2.2)
53.6
(2.11)
778.3
(30.64)
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[9] 1991-2008

Sports

The Devonport Football Club is an Australian Rules team competing in the Tasmanian Statewide League. The Devonport Rugby Club[10] is a Rugby Union team competing in the Tasmanian Rugby Union Statewide League. Devonport City Football Club is a football (soccer) club which represents Devonport in the Tasmanian Northern Premier League.

The Devonport Athletic Club[11] hosts a leg of the Tasmaninan Cycling Christmas Carnival Series[12] each year in December attended by local and international cyclists, other sports at the carnivals include athletics and woodchopping. Woodchopping events are also held at the Devonport Agricultural & Pastoral Society Spring Show[13] in November.

Devonport Airport

Devonport Airport is located approximately 7 km to the east of the city of Devonport, about a 15 min drive by car. The airport is serviced by Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft, operated by QantasLink, with 4 daily services to Melbourne, Victoria.

Tasair Regional Airlines operate daily passenger and freight services from Devonport to King Island.

Sister cities

The city of Devonport has a formal sister city agreement with Minamata City in Japan. This was ratified in 1996.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Selected Characteristics for Urban Centres, Australia, 2001". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2003-03-25. http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/2016.02001?OpenDocument. Retrieved 2006-12-02. 
  2. ^ "`Sketches. 1822. Van Diemen's Land', 1822-1847 / drawn by Thomas Scott 52. Maps of Bass Strait featuring Port Sorell, Badger Head, Port Dalymple, North East Bay, Port Frederick". State Library of NSW Digital Order No.: a557061. http://image.sl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/ebindshow.pl?doc=pxb216/a557;seq=61. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  3. ^ "A BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF CHARLES OLDAKER AND HIS FAMILY". Richard D Holmes, 2001. http://au.geocities.com/taslinks/biosketcholdaker.html. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "RESEARCHING IN THE PORT SORELL DISTRICT". Tasmanian Ancestry Vol 14. No 3 December 1993. http://www.tfhsdev.com/pdf/RSP.pdf. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "A companion to the history of Tasmania - Devonport". Faye Gardam 2006. http://www.utas.edu.au/library/companion_to_tasmanian_history/D/Devonport.htm. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  6. ^ "1384.6 Statistics Tasmania 2005". Australian Bureau of Statistics. http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/ABS@.nsf/Previousproducts/D3C71E9DB30DE7ACCA256C3200241897?. Retrieved 22 June 2009. 
  7. ^ [http://www.abc.net.au/elections/tas/2009/legislativecouncil/mersey.htm "Tasmanian Legislative Council 2009 Elections"]. www.abc.net.au. http://www.abc.net.au/elections/tas/2009/legislativecouncil/mersey.htm. Retrieved June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Mayor and Aldermen". www.devonport.tas.gov.au. http://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=72&Itemid=82. Retrieved June 2009. 
  9. ^ "Climate Data". BoM. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_091126.shtml. Retrieved August 2, 2008. 
  10. ^ "Devonport Rugby Club". devonportbulls.rugbynet.com.au. http://devonportbulls.rugbynet.com.au/. Retrieved June 2009. 
  11. ^ "Devonport Athletic Club". www.tas.cycling.org.au. http://www.tas.cycling.org.au/default.asp?Page=17482&MenuID=Affiliated_Clubs/20088/0/. Retrieved June 2009. 
  12. ^ "Sports Carnival Association of Tasmania". www.tascarnivals.com. http://www.tascarnivals.com/. Retrieved June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Agricultural Show Council of Tasmania". www.ascti.com.au. http://www.ascti.com.au/. Retrieved June 2009. 







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