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PWS - Fires update and impacts

20/02/2019

Background: A number of fires were ignited by dry lightning that crossed the state in late December 2018 and mid-January 2019. The storms of 15 January 2019 resulted in approximately 2,400 lightning strikes and caused over 60 new ignitions.More

PWS Fire Update - Friday 15 February 2019

15/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened today (Friday 15 February).More

PWS Fire Update - Thursday 14 February 2019

14/02/2019

Parks and Wildlife Tasmania (PWS) can advise the following locations, reserves and tracks have been re-opened.More

Toll House

History

In 1834 a company was formed to build the first bridge across the Derwent River. However, it wasn’t until 1840 that work got underway with Governor Franklin present to witness the first post being installed. Work was completed a year later.  The toll house was built at the same time, in order to collect charges from all using the bridge. The money went towards paying for its construction. 

Although the bridge has since been replaced, the original cottage still stands.  It is a one-storey, octagonal building and has been used for a variety of purposes over time.  Toll money was collected until 1874. Since then it has been vacant, used as a youth hostel, and is currently used as a centre for Tasmanian arts and crafts.  It was declared an historic site in 1961.

 

Toll House - early view showing the New Norfolk bridge