In 1934, Burnie was described as follows:
Burnie is chief centre of the largest municipality on the Northwest Coast. Its population is 3,390 and it is the port for the shortest passenger service to the mainland. The voyage to Melbourne is only 215 miles and the time taken is 14 hours. Irrespective of tides, the largest ships in Australia can berth at Burnie day or night. The scenic wonders of the West and Northwest Coast are reached from Burnie and it serves as the outlet port for the mineral and agricultural produce of those parts of the State.
In last week’s Photo of the Week, you saw the back of an Indian motorcycle with a side car. This week is the front view with photographer H J King’s wife in the passenger seat. In the background is the township of Moina, beyond the Sheffield district.
H J King was the same photographer who took the picture of the Nut posted on 16 March 2018.
Following is a brief overview of Stanley's history published in the Circular Head Chronicle in 1942:
The VDL Company received a Royal Charter to select 250,000 acres of land in Tasmania. Mr Curr sent his deputy, William Adey, to explore the North West Coast in 1826. After a search, Adey selected Circular Head, describing it as the best land he had seen in the colony.
The ship Transmere arrived in Stanley towards the end of 1826. The ship brought twenty indentured servants together with tools, building materials, clothing, utensils, seeds and fifty Cotswold sheep and two Teeswater cows.
The following was published in the Launceston Examiner on 4 April 1918:
"This institution is to be officially opened tomorrow. His Excellency the Governor, Sir F Newdegate, will visit Wynyard to perform the ceremony, and will be accompanied by Captain Booth (Private Secretary). The Warden, J T Johnston, will meet and welcome his Exellency. The hospital is proving a great boon to the district and has been made practically full of patients since it was thrown open at the latter end of last year."
Below is a photograph of the Spencer Hospital as it appeared in 1919. Earlier photos of the hospital while still under construction can be found through the search engine on the Gallery webpage.
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