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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 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
the bush inn

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 and Leon O’Donnell discuss the Bush Inn, and its association with Nellie Melba and Young Islanders
James and Lydia Graham discuss the Old Colony Inn and its special place in many people’s hearts
Father Mike Delaney discusses St Peters Church
Walking Through Time board at Willow Court

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.

June Purkiss discusses nursing at Willow Court
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
Discussion about life at Frascati with Margaret Reynolds, interviewed by Inger Visby (Friends of Frascati Community Garden)
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 the first female councillors in Tasmania
Dorothy Robinson discusses the trials and triumphs of being one the first female councillors 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
walking through time board at Turriff Lodge

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.

History and Life at Turriff Lodge
Kate O’Brien and and Margaret Rollins
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.

The Derwent Valley Concert Band
Hall Green
The Four Bridges
Swimming Baths
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.

Power Boat Racing
Rowing on the River
The River Boats

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