Connecting Derwent Valley

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Connecting Derwent Valley

people places communities

the good old days weren't always that great

WALKING THROUGH TIME
– Storyboards and Podcasts

Informative stories about traditional ownership and historical landmarks around New Norfolk. The map below shows the locations of storyboards where more information is available to people on walking tours around our picturesque town. Use the sections below the map to listen to interesting interviews of locals recounting their memories of days gone by.

Walking Through Time map of signboards

The Esplanade and Four Bridges storyboard

The River Derwent storyboard

Turriff Lodge storyboard

Tynwald Park storyboard

Arthur Square and St Matthews storyboard

The Bush Inn and surrounding Streets

The Circle and Tank Street storyboard

Willow Court and Frascati storyboard

Walking Through Time Indigenous history board at Tynwald Park

Indigenous Heritage

Our indigenous heritage forms an important part of who we are and where we came from, with many people proud to be associated with the Big River Tribe. Listen to some of the social history of the Big River Tribe and take a step back in time to imagine what lives were like before white settlement.

Lance LeSage discusses the indigenous heritage of the Derwent Valley and the Big River Tribe.
Walking Through Time board at Arthur Square

Arthur Square and St Matthews

Arthur Square has always played an important part in our community, from being a training ground for our soldiers, through to a community meeting point. Take a moment to wander through the Square, sit and enjoy a coffee and listen to the stories of our history.

Celia Hooker and Dorothy Robinson discuss St Matthews Church.
Dorothy Robinson discusses the impact Robert Knopwood had on the Derwent Valley.
Dorothy Robinson discusses the impact the resettlement of Norfolk Islanders in the district had on the town, and the history of Arthur Square.
Walking Through Time - The Bush Inn and surrounding streets

The Bush Inn and surrounding streets

The Bush Inn is famed as Australia’s oldest continually licensed hotel, but that’s not its only claim to fame. Listen to the stories of the Bush Inn, find out the special history of the stained glass windows in St Peter’s Church and hear about the Old Colony Inn and its romantic past.

Ken O’Brien, Joe Cowburn, Leon O’Donnell discuss the Bush Inn, and it’s association with Dame Nellie Melba and the Young Irelanders.
James and Lydia Graham, discuss the Old Colony Inn and its special place in many people’s hearts.

Willow Court and Frascati

Willow Court and Frascati have a fascinating history and a legacy for our town. Listen to the stories of those that lived and worked here over the years while looking at the historic buildings.

Margaret Reynolds discusses teaching at Willow Court and the eventual closure of the facility.
Allan Pearson discusses Willow Court from the perspective of Chairman of the Board.
A group discussion around life at Frascati with Margaret Richards, interviewed by Inger Visby (Friends of Frascati Community Garden).
Walking Through Time board at Willow Court
Walking Through Time board at Circle Street

The Circle and Tank Street

Willow Court and Frascati have a fascinating history and a legacy for our town. Listen to the stories of those that lived and worked here over the years while looking at the historic buildings.

Dorothy Robinson discusses the trials and triumphs of being one of the first female councilors in Tasmania
Tony Nicholson, discusses the administrative centre of New Norfolk.
Leon O’Donnell discusses how Charles Dickens, Fagan was connected to New Norfolk.
Dorothy Cawthorn and Ken O’Brien discuss the colourful social life in years gone by.
Arch Andrews talks about business in New Norfolk and the Rotary Club.
walking through time board at tynwald park

Tynwald Park

A hop growing centre, adjacent to the site of one of our most historic buildings, wander through Tynwald Park while learning about its history.

Ken O’Brien and Leon O’Donnell discuss Tynwald Park and its history.

Turriff Lodge

The Turriff Lodge Homestead was constructed in 1815, serving as the country retreat for the Governor.

Once the home of Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin, Turriff Lodge is no longer standing.

Hear the reminiscences of this important area of early New Norfolk.

Ken O’Brien and Margaret Rollins discuss the history and life at Turriff Lodge.
walking through time board at Turriff Lodge
Walking Through Time board at The Esplanade

The Esplanade and Four Bridges

The Esplanade holds a special place in the hearts of most people who live in the Derwent Valley, hear about the history of some of our most important features and while away a little time on the banks of the River Derwent.

Walking Through Time board at River Derwent

The River Derwent

The majestic River Derwent lies at the heart of our town, a place for relaxation and recreation, and the reason our town is here. Listen to some of the stories of life on the river and be taken back in time to the famous Boxing Day Regatta.

Derwent Valley Council

A big thanks to the Derwent Valley Council for the permission to present the interviews that they retain the copyright to.

Walking Through Time board at The Esplanade

The Esplanade and Four Bridges

The Esplanade holds a special place in the hearts of most people who live in the Derwent Valley, hear about the history of some of our most important features and while away a little time on the banks of the River Derwent.

Walking Through Time board at River Derwent

The River Derwent

The majestic River Derwent lies at the heart of our town, a place for relaxation and recreation, and the reason our town is here. Listen to some of the stories of life on the river and be taken back in time to the famous Boxing Day Regatta.

Turriff Lodge

The Turriff Lodge Homestead was constructed in 1815, serving as the country retreat for the Governor.

Once the home of Sir John and Lady Jane Franklin, Turriff Lodge is no longer standing.

Hear the reminiscences of this important area of early New Norfolk.

Ken O’Brien and Margaret Rollins discuss the history and life at Turriff Lodge.
walking through time board at Turriff Lodge
walking through time board at tynwald park

Tynwald Park

A hop growing centre, adjacent to the site of one of our most historic buildings, wander through Tynwald Park while learning about its history.

Ken O’Brien and Leon O’Donnell discuss Tynwald Park and its history.
Walking Through Time board at Arthur Square

Arthur Square and St Matthews

Arthur Square has always played an important part in our community, from being a training ground for our soldiers, through to a community meeting point. Take a moment to wander through the Square, sit and enjoy a coffee and listen to the stories of our history.

Celia Hooker and Dorothy Robinson discuss St Matthews Church.
Dorothy Robinson discusses the impact Robert Knopwood had on the Derwent Valley.
Dorothy Robinson discusses the impact the resettlement of Norfolk Islanders in the district had on the town, and the history of Arthur Square.
Walking Through Time - The Bush Inn and surrounding streets

The Bush Inn and surrounding streets

The Bush Inn is famed as Australia’s oldest continually licensed hotel, but that’s not its only claim to fame. Listen to the stories of the Bush Inn, find out the special history of the stained glass windows in St Peter’s Church and hear about the Old Colony Inn and its romantic past.

Ken O’Brien, Joe Cowburn, Leon O’Donnell discuss the Bush Inn, and it’s association with Dame Nellie Melba and the Young Irelanders.
James and Lydia Graham, discuss the Old Colony Inn and its special place in many people’s hearts.
Walking Through Time board at Circle Street

The Circle and Tank Street

Willow Court and Frascati have a fascinating history and a legacy for our town. Listen to the stories of those that lived and worked here over the years while looking at the historic buildings.

Dorothy Robinson discusses the trials and triumphs of being one of the first female councilors in Tasmania
Tony Nicholson, discusses the administrative centre of New Norfolk.
Leon O’Donnell discusses how Charles Dickens, Fagan was connected to New Norfolk.
Dorothy Cawthorn and Ken O’Brien discuss the colourful social life in years gone by.
Arch Andrews talks about business in New Norfolk and the Rotary Club.

Willow Court and Frascati

Willow Court and Frascati have a fascinating history and a legacy for our town. Listen to the stories of those that lived and worked here over the years while looking at the historic buildings.

Margaret Reynolds discusses teaching at Willow Court and the eventual closure of the facility.
Allan Pearson discusses Willow Court from the perspective of Chairman of the Board.
A group discussion around life at Frascati with Margaret Richards, interviewed by Inger Visby (Friends of Frascati Community Garden).
Walking Through Time board at Willow Court
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