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Near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Risdon Landing Centenary

The marker erected in 1903-4. image. Click for full size.
1. The marker erected in 1903-4.
This memorial
erected to commemorate the Centenary
of the landing at this spot of
Lieut Bowen, RN
on 13th September 1803,
was unveiled by His Excellency the Governor
Sir A. E. Havelock, G.C.S.I.,
G.C.M.G., G.C.I.E.
22nd February 1904.

Erected 1904 by Tasmanian State Government.
Location. 42° 48.833′ S, 147° 19.467′ E. Marker is near Hobart, Tasmania. Marker can be reached from East Derwent Highway. Touch for map. The marker is about 300 meters off the East Derwent Highway, through a carpark and on the banks of the Risdon Rivulet. Marker is in this post office area: Hobart, Tasmania 7017, Australia.
More about this marker. The marker has been frequently defaced as part of on-going political protests.
Regarding Risdon Landing Centenary. In September 1803 Lieut. Bowen, on instructions from the Colonial Office in London, established Tasmania's first European settlement on the banks of a rivulet that flows into the Derwent River. In Feb., 1804, David Collins arrived in the Derwent with a collection of convicts, free settlers and military personnel and set up a rival settlement a few miles downstream at what
The marker on the banks of the Risdon rivulet. image. Click for full size.
By Peter Mackie
2. The marker on the banks of the Risdon rivulet.
became Hobart. Collins had previously tried unsuccessfully to establish a settlement 550kms north on the Australian mainland. He outranked Bowen and it was his settlement, not Bowen's, that became the prime city of Tasmania. The Bowen settlement at Risdon was abandoned in 1804. The area of the settlement returned to its natural state.
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