Partridge Island (Tasmania)
The Partridge Island, part of the Partridge Island Group, is an 103-hectare (250-acre) island that lies close to the south-eastern coast of Tasmania, Australia. The island is situated in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, between Bruny Island and the mainland of Tasmania and is part of the South Bruny National Park.
The other islands in the Partridge Island Group are:
- Arch Rock
- Charity Island
- Curlew Island
- Faith Island
- Garden Island
- Hope Island
- Huon Island
- Satellite Island
- Seagull Rock
Flora and fauna
The vegetation is mainly dry eucalypt forest with a grassy understorey. Little penguins breed on the island. The endangered forty-spotted pardalote is present. European rabbits were introduced to the island but have since been eradicated. The eastern blue-tongued lizard has been recorded.
The island was privately owned and purchased from Dibbern estate on 8 January 1974 by Richard Ham, a Melbourne doctor, for $50,000. Dr Ham intended to establish an Outward Bound-style sailing school. On 16 May 1975, an inspector from the Department of Lands arrived on Partridge Island and presented Dr Ham with a letter indicating that the Tasmanian Government intended to resume the island. Today, Partridge Island is administered by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service as part of the South Bruny National Park. Since acquisition, the island’s maintenance has been neglected. Blackberries and English ivy have invaded the bush and the jetty has become hazardous. In 1998 volunteers removed approximately 4 to 5 metric tons (4.4 to 5.5 short tons) of washed-up rubbish.
- List of islands of Tasmania
- Brothers, Nigel; Pemberton, David; Pryor, Helen; & Halley, Vanessa. (2001). Tasmania’s Offshore Islands: seabirds and other natural features. Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery: Hobart. ISBN 0-7246-4816-X
- Small Southern Islands Conservation Management Statement 2002 (PDF), Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, 2002, archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-08-22, retrieved 2006-07-20