Geeveston is a small town in the south of Tasmania in Australia on the Huon River, 62 km south west of Hobart, making it Australia's most southerly administrative centre. The town takes its name from William Geeves, an English settler who was given a land grant by Lady Jane Franklin in the area then known as Lightwood Bottom (after a type of timber prevalent in the area). The settlement Geeves set up was renamed Geeves Town in 1861, and the name eventually became Geeveston.[2] Geeveston is for local government purposes included in the area of the Huon Valley Council and is part of the division of Franklin for both Australian House of Representatives and Tasmanian House of Assembly electoral purposes.

Geeveston is on the Huon Highway, and is the gateway to the Hartz Mountains National Park. It is the centre of Tasmania's apple and fruit-growing industry, and has also been highly reliant on the timber industry since the late 19th century. A pulp mill was opened in the town in 1962, and was Geeveston's largest employer until the plant closed in 1982, devastating the area economically.[3] The Forest & Heritage Centre, a tourist centre which details the history of the timber industry in the area, is located in Geeveston. Since 2016, the town has hosted the filming of the comedy series Rosehaven.

History

Geeves-Town Post Office opened on 1 June 1876 and was renamed Geeveston in 1888.[4]

Climate

Typically for southeastern Tasmania, Geeveston has a pleasant oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) with typically warm summers and cool winters. Occasionally, very hot air from Central Australia will be driven across the region by anticyclones lying over the Tasman Sea, producing hot to sweltering conditions and extremely dangerous bushfire conditions. The rainfall is substantially heavier than Hobart as Geeveston is less shielded from the moisture-bearing westerlies by Tasmania’s southern mountains: the wettest month in a record from 1971 to 2015 has been October 1988 with 296.6 millimetres or 11.68 inches and the driest January 1999 with 4.8 millimetres or 0.19 inches. The hottest afternoon occurred on 4 January 2013 when the mercury rose to 40 °C or 104 °F, and the coldest morning 19 June 1992 which fell to −5.2 °C or 22.6 °F – 2.3 °C or 4.1 °F less cold than the absolute minimum in Alice Springs 20 degrees closer to the equator.

Climate data for Geeveston Cemetery Road (1971-2015)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 40.0
(104.0)
36.9
(98.4)
36.8
(98.2)
29.8
(85.6)
25.0
(77.0)
20.6
(69.1)
18.9
(66.0)
23.7
(74.7)
27.7
(81.9)
31.0
(87.8)
34.0
(93.2)
37.0
(98.6)
40.0
(104.0)
Average high °C (°F) 21.8
(71.2)
22.1
(71.8)
20.1
(68.2)
17.2
(63.0)
14.6
(58.3)
12.3
(54.1)
12.1
(53.8)
13.0
(55.4)
14.8
(58.6)
16.4
(61.5)
18.3
(64.9)
19.9
(67.8)
16.9
(62.4)
Average low °C (°F) 10.0
(50.0)
9.9
(49.8)
8.5
(47.3)
6.3
(43.3)
4.7
(40.5)
2.4
(36.3)
2.2
(36.0)
3.0
(37.4)
4.5
(40.1)
6.0
(42.8)
7.6
(45.7)
8.7
(47.7)
6.1
(43.1)
Record low °C (°F) 0.8
(33.4)
0.1
(32.2)
−1.2
(29.8)
−2.8
(27.0)
−3.7
(25.3)
−5.2
(22.6)
−4.5
(23.9)
−4.4
(24.1)
−4.6
(23.7)
−1.4
(29.5)
0.0
(32.0)
1.0
(33.8)
−5.2
(22.6)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 57.2
(2.25)
49.2
(1.94)
54.7
(2.15)
63.6
(2.50)
73.6
(2.90)
72.4
(2.85)
92.7
(3.65)
104.6
(4.12)
93.1
(3.67)
92.2
(3.63)
69.4
(2.73)
70.5
(2.78)
893.2
(35.17)
Average rainy days 13.2 12.2 14.3 13.5 13.6 11.4 13 14.4 14.7 13.7 16 13.7 163.7
Average relative humidity (%) 73 75 77 78 80 82 80 79 76 74 75 73 77
Source: [5]

See also

References

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Geeveston (Urban Centre Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 January 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Geeveston, The Sydney Morning Herald, February 8, 2004.
  3. ^ Courtney, Pip: Positive approach regenerates timber town, Landline (ABC TV), August 22, 2004.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Climate Statistics for Station 094137 – GEEVESTON (CEMETERY ROAD)". Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

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