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Enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine whilst having lunch at the Casaveen Knitwear Cafe.
You can wander the gourmet pantry and showroom where you will find locally-sourced Tasmanian gift items, regional produce and maybe that hard-to-get sourvenir. At the visitor centre, discover the Midland's history and how Casaveen's developed from wool-growing to the manufacturing of knitwear exported worldwide. Take a tour of the working factory and watch skilled craftspeople in action.
Written Aug 3, 2012
For fishing enthusiasts, nearby Lake Dulverton is regularly restocked with fish from the Oatlands District High School Aquaculture Centre and is a popular fishing spot. There are barbecue facilities and shelters nearby, an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic.
You can free camp overnight beside the extremities of the lake and toilets and water are available for no charge.
Written Jul 31, 2012
There are a number of unique landmarks in Oatlands, but none more majestic than Callington Mill. The mill was built in 1837, was a working mill for 41 years, then was abandoned, used for water storage, burnt out and abandoned once again. The mill has been reconstructed and returned to its former glory.
There are also lovely parterre gardens to add to the allure of going there.
The Callington Mill on Old Mill Lane which was built in 1836 by a John Vincent. Vincent, with his family consisting of wife and seven children, had arrived in Hobart Town in 1823 with £869. He was an entrepreneur who established the Norwood Inn in Bothwell and the Bothwell Castle Inn at York Plains.
Vincent's enthusiasm for the mill was short-lived and in 1839 he tried, without success, to sell the mill and in 1840 he handed it over to his son John Jubilee Vincent. At the time the mill was producing 20-30 bushels of flour an hour.
By 1850 the mill had been sold to Thomas Jillett who established a steam mill and production rose to 5-7 tons of flour a day. By 1862 the property comprised a two storey flour mill driven by steam and wind, a two roomed cottage for the miller with a large store, a three stall stable, a house, a baker's shop 'and two cottages fronting the main street with stable and coach house adjoining, a large and well arranged dwelling house of twelve well proportioned rooms, four stall stable with hay loft, cow shed, piggeries and yard'.
The mill continued to operate until 1892. In 1909 a storm blew the sails away and in 1912 it was gutted by fire.
Callington Mill restoration was completed in late 2010 and commenced operation on the 3rd October 2010. It is a fully operational wind driven flour mill, once again grinding flour that you can purchase.
Thanks to the successful grant funding from the State Government and The Federal Government .
Written Jul 31, 2012
There are lots of historical buildings in Oatlands, 84 to be exact if I recall correctly. Here are a couple of the better examples that you will see.
The old Court House shown here dates back to 1829 and it the oldest structure in the town.
Most of the historic buildings are Georgian in style.
Written Jul 30, 2012
Never heard of the Rechabites? Well, you've come to the right place.
They were, and still are, a temperance religious group that today trade under the name of Healthy Investment on the stock market.
Why have I mentioned them here? Well, because this is the Rechabite Hall, or was, in Oatlands, these days used for more general functions.
Written Jul 30, 2012
A closer more detailed view of Ross Bridge.
I really recommend a visit to this town. I found it pretty, peaceful and unspoiled, even though it obviously receives a large number of visitors who come to see its charming buildings, english oak lined streets, and explore its interesting shops and surroundings.
Updated Apr 19, 2003
Ross Bridge was convict built in 1836. Daniel Herbert and James Colbeck, convict stonemasons, carved the artwork on both faces of the bridge. There are about 187 different carvings, representing people, animals, plants and more.
It’s rather attractive with curving symmetrical stone steps curing up on all 4 faces of the bridge.
Large, well fed ducks and swans swim contentedly in the river flowing beneath the bridge.
Written Apr 18, 2003