The following article is a brief overview of Devonport's history published in the Advocate in 1948:
"Patterson formed a colony at Georgetown in 1804, 12 months after the Risdon settlement. Some of Patterson's men sailed along the coast and named the Rubicon at Port Sorell, the first Western River and Mersey the second.
"In 1825, an English company (VDL) was formed to develop land in the Northwest. Hellyer, the surveyor, chose land to the east of Devonport in the first instance, but later moved along to Circular Head. In the early days, a track was made through the back country through Middlesex to Hampshire. One of Hellyer's men was named Frederick and the mouth of the Mersey was called Port Frederick.
"The first land settlement in the region was at Northdown by the father of Joshua Thomas. Port Sorell was used as the port and became the administrative centre for an extensive region, taking in Devonport. Nicholls Street was named after the first magistrate at Port Sorell. The first Formby Hotel was built in 1858.
"Torquay began to take shape as a township in 1851 but in the case of Formby, not until around 1857."
Torquay and Formby, now situated on opposite banks of the Mersey River, was amalgamated into Devonport in 1890.
The Devonport establishment of Messrs McKay, Sampson and McKinlay
The Lookout at Mersey Bluff
View taken rom Winspear's, East Devonport, showing part of Devonport, also the Bluff and entrance to the Mersey
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