Our State is very progressive.
We have some of the National Firsts.
Here are some of them.
1886 the first
underground sewerage system in
1891 The first Art Society established
1895 The first city in the Southern hemisphere lit by Hydro Power
1920 The first laminated tennis racket
1932 The first major airline – Ansett was founded
1948 The first woman elected to Legislative Council – Launceston’s Margaret McIntyre
1949 First o use of the two-way radio in the control of taxis
1975 First mall constructed
1983 First authentic Scottish tartan produced
1994 the first woman
president of the
1998 First in the world – breeding of sea horses in captivity.
1999 First multi-media laboratory established by Telstra.
2005 A computer program to help with conveyancing for homes.
2006 January 1st smoking prohibited in hotels, restaurants and public places
2006- The first state
to hold Parliament outside the capital city. Our parliament is usually held in
1st to have daylight saving. It was brought in during the war and then taken away but brought back again in recent years.
Other inventions are -The humidicrib, the portable sheep yards, Defender Pellets, and Seasol organic seaweed
Some of our Annual events
Three Peaks Race. This is held at Easter time
commencing on Good Friday at Beauty Point in the North. They sail to Lady Baron
St. Patrick’s Day Festival – This is held at Westbury on the nearest weekend to 17th March.
They have dancing, open air event, a night of telling jokes and other Irish events.
Targa – This is usually about April. This is a car race around
Agfest – This is held on the first Thursday to the Sunday in May. This began in 1983 with 103 exhibitors. It now has over 500 exhibitors. It is an agricultural show run by the volunteers of Rural Youth of Tasmania. Apart from all kinds of agricultural displays there are 122 craft exhibitors ranging from porcelain dolls, teddy bears, pottery, timber crafts, cottage crafts clothing and herbs all are a unique product.
Westbury Historical Faire – This is held on the last Saturday in August. The first was held in 1999 and
it was so successful that it has now become a bi annual event. There are many
stalls from the local history groups from all over
Working Craft Fare – Held over the weekend which ends on the First
Monday in November. (It is a northern long weekend) It is the largest
working craft fair in
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