Located 30 km from Devonport and 93 km from Launceston, Sheffield (named after the famous town in Yorkshire). It is now widely accepted that 'Sheffield' as a name was probably chosen by Edward Curr, the manager of the Van Diemen's Land Company, who was a native of Sheffield in England.
Sheffield had the brainwave and successfully turned itself into a tourist destination. The brainwave was 'murals' and consequently the town has huge and fascinating murals, most depicting the early history of the area, on every available blank wall. These murals are quite often on heritage buildings of which there are a number.
The area grew slowly but the commencement of the Mersey-Forth Power Development Scheme in 1963 saw the town grow dramatically. The completion of the power scheme - seven dams and seven power stations - in 1973 saw the town's population decline. Today it has grown to become the centre of the surrounding Kentish district.
Be sure to allow plenty of time when visiting.