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Smithton
Tasmania
Population 3,935 (2011 census)
Postcode(s) 7330
Elevation 7 m (23 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Circular Head Council
State electorate(s) Braddon
Federal Division(s) Braddon
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
17.0 °C
63 °F
7.8 °C
46 °F
1,106.3 mm
43.6 in

Smithton is a town on the far north-west coast of Tasmania, Australia. It lies on the Bass Highway, 85 km north-west of Burnie. At the 2011 census, Smithton had a population of 3,935. Smithton is the administrative centre of the Circular Head Council. Smithton has a rich sporting and social culture, and the region is noted for its natural beauty.

History

Duck River Post Office opened on 1 November 1873 and was renamed Smithton in 1895. In 1905 Smithton was declared a town and the Mowbray swamp was drained for dairy pasture. In 1919 The Stanley-Trowutta railway commenced services and by 1921 the Smithton to Irishtown link was opened. By 1922 the railway link from Myalla to Wiltshire Junction was completed, thus joining the railways in the municipality to the State system. Smithton High School was opened in 1937 and in 1951 a Kindergarten and Public Hospital were opened in Smithton, and the town began to flourish.

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