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Mersey Community Hospital as seen from Perrin Court, 2007
Latrobe is located in Tasmania
Location in Tasmania
Population 4,169 (2016 census)
Postcode(s) 7307
LGA(s) Latrobe Council
State electorate(s) Braddon
Federal Division(s) Braddon

Latrobe is a town in northern Tasmania, Australia on the Mersey River. It is 8 km south-east of Devonport on the Bass Highway. It is the main centre of the Latrobe Council. At the 2006 census, Latrobe had a population of 2,843. By the 2016 census, this had increased to 4,169. The locality is in the Latrobe Council area, but with a mere 0.1% in the Kentish Council LGA.

Sporting activities

Latrobe's Henley-on-Mersey Regatta held on Australia Day 26 January each year at Belles Parade consists of woodchopping, Ferret racing, Triathlon, Iron Trial Strongman, Boat Race, Cherry Spitting and Gum boot throwing. The Christmas Carnival Series is a series of professional athletics and professional cycling events. The boxing day carnival (26 December) is held at the Latrobe Recreation Ground. This event also stages a woodchopping event. Latrobe Football Club and Latrobe Cricket Club also utilize the Latrobe Recreation Oval. Latrobe Basketball Club play in the North West Basketball Union and play out of the Latrobe and Districts Youth Centre. Tennis is played at the Latrobe Tennis Club. Latrobe has a netball team that competes in the Devon Netball Association.

Latrobe Speedway, a clay race track hosts Sprintcars, Street Stocks, AMCA Nationals, Bombers, Junior Sedans, Formula 500s, Modified Sedans, Karts, Wingless Sedans, Tassie Sixers, Speedcars, Caravan Derby and Demolition Derby.


Education facilities include Latrobe Primary School, Latrobe High School, St. Patrick’s Catholic School and Geneva Christian College.

Notable people

  • Darrel Baldock
  • Dolly Dalrymple
  • Michael Field – politician
  • Christine Milne – politician
  • Teddy Sheean
  • James Monaghan Dooley - politician
  • King Brock

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