Southport is a small township in far south Tasmania, the most southern township in Australia (Cockle Creek is located further south, but it is not a gazetted town). The town had a population of 135 in 2016. It was settled in 1837 and grew to be the largest town south of Hobart; but a declining shipping industry slowly led to the town’s shrinking population, and much of it has been destroyed by fire. Shore-based whaling took place at Southport in the 19th century.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). “Southport (State Suburb)”. 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
- “Southport (Tas.) State Suburb”. censusdata.abs.gov.au. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
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- Katherine Evans, Shore-based whaling in Tasmania; Historical Research Project, Vol 1, A social and economic history, Parks and Wildlife Service, Hobart, 1993, p.6.