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Stanley View, Tasmania

Stanley View, Tasmania (Known places)

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Stanley is a town on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. Travelling west, Stanley is the second-last major township on the north-west coast of Tasmania, Smithton being the larger township in the Circular Head municipality. According to the 2006 (14 years ago) census, Stanley had a population of 458.

In 1825 (195 years ago) the Van Diemen's Land Company was granted land in north-western Van Diemen's Land, including the Stanley area. Employees of the company from England settled in the area in Oct. 1826 (194 years ago).

It was named after Lord Stanley, the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies in the 1830 (190 years ago) and 1840s, who later had three terms of office as British Prime Minister.

A port opened in 1827 (193 years ago) and the first school opened in 1841 (179 years ago). The Post Office opened on Jul. 1, 1845 (175 years ago) but was known as Circular Head until 1882 (138 years ago). In 1880 (140 years ago) the first coach service between Stanley and Burnie was established.

In 1936 (84 years ago) a submarine telegraph and telephone cable from Apollo Bay to Stanley provided the first connection to Tasmania from the mainland.

The Town today
Today Stanley is a tourist destination and the main fishing port on the north-west coast of Tasmania.

The most distinctive landmark in Stanley is The Nut, an old volcanic plug discovered by the explorers Bass and Flinders in 1798 (222 years ago), who officially named it Circular Head. It has steep sides and rises to 143 metres with a flat top. It is possible to walk to the top of The Nut via a steep track.

Tourists regularly travel to Highfield (a farming region on the north west of the township) to view the picturesque northern beaches with The Nut in the background.

The port on the southern side of The Nut is also a regularly used fishing spot.

Notable people born or raised in Stanley
Joseph Lyons - The tenth Prime Minister of Australia.
Jim Willis - Australian botanist.
Bill Mollison - Founder of the Permaculture movement.




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