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Fingal
Tasmania
Fingal Aerial.jpg
Aerial photo from south east. South Esk River visible.
Population 366 (2011 census)
 • Density 79.6/km2 (206/sq mi)
Established 1827
Postcode(s) 7214
Elevation 232 m (761 ft)
Area 4.6 km2 (1.8 sq mi)
Location
LGA(s) Break O'Day Council
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons

Fingal /fɪŋˈɔːl/ is a small Australian town in Fingal Valley in the north-east of Tasmania, on the Esk Highway.

History

The Fingal area was surveyed in 1824 by Roderic O'Connor and John Helder Wedge, and is believed to have been named after Fingal's Cave in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland rather than Fingal in Ireland. The town of Fingal came into existence in 1827 as a convict station, and experienced a boom when Van Diemen's Land's first payable gold was discovered in nearby Mangana.

Fingal Post Office opened on 1 June 1832.

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