GEEVESTON

Geeveston is encounted when heading south from Hobart through the Huon Valley. Geeveston is the last main commercial centre after Huonville south of Hobart. Geeveston is an interesting, small settlement located 62 km south west of Hobart on the Huon Highway.

Geeveston is economically dependent on the local timber industry which supplies sawmill in the district as well as the huge Australian Paper Mills pulp mill at Hospital Bay. The pulp mill was opened in 1962 and its deep sea wharf is capable of loading two ships simultaneously.

Although the area was explored as early as 1804, only months after the establishment of the colony at Hobart Town, it was deemed unsuitable for development. It wasn't until Lady Jane Franklin established the community at Franklin that any serious attempt to settle the Huon Valley occurred.

Life in the early Franklin settlement was extremely hard and many of the early settlers were forced to move away. Amongst these settlers was the family of William Geeves who moved to Lightwood Bottom in 1850. The town's name was changed to Geeves Town in 1861 and this eventually became Geeveston. There are many wood carving tributes to the early settlers. These carvings have personality.

The economy of Geeveston is basically driven by apple growing and timber. In season the fields beside the road are thick with apple trees sagging under the weight of their fruit and it is commonplace to be caught behind a timber truck hauling huge logs from the nearby forests to the local mills and pulping operation. The Timber Heritage Museum is a must visit.

There is no Hotel in Geeveston proper, but a few ks north.

The Geeveston War Memorial is at the RSL/Bowling Club.

The Anglican Church is on the southern outskirts and  is quite a striking church. The Caththoilic is a more modern.

Geeveston is a small town that should be visited. Even if just see those wood statues/carving/artwork; they are quite something.

Heritage diary

 

 

Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
  Internet Caravan
  Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities   Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
  Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course