Brighton celebrates milestone anniversary

BRIGHTON council is organising special celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of the municipality.

It will be celebrated on the exact day, November 19 (in 1863), when the first council meeting was held.

Brighton Mayor Tony Foster said Council was planning to have a midday meeting on the day followed by a civic function that would involve members of the community, along with the unveiling of a commemorative art installation and the launch of exciting new Brighton community branding.

Council is also encouraging young people to get involved and will be writing to all of the municipality’s schools to encourage their involvement through an art display.

Cr Foster said the anniversary was something for which Brighton could be proud.

“We have some significant achievements in our community over so many years and we should be proud of how our municipality has grown and prospered.

“We are one of the fastest growing municipalities in the State but we don’t sit still.   We continue to look for new ways of enhancing our community lifestyle through sports and arts offerings, attracting more people and business to the area through our new housing developments and the transport hub and industrial estate, and building on Brighton’s magnificent location as an entrance to Hobart from the north.

“One hundred and fifty years is a great milestone but there is still more to be done, and Council looks forward to those opportunities as we celebrate this special anniversary,” Cr Foster said.

Key dates in Brighton’s early history:

Pre 1800 –  The region is inhabited solely by the Moomairremener people

1793: John Hayes sails up the Derwent and names the area New Yorkshire

1809: First settler john Devereux given land to farm at Herdsmans Cove

1824: The town of Brighton is surveyed for its potential as the capital of Van Diemen’s Land

1824: First local magistrate John Gage builds a property known as Gagebrook

1836: Bridgewater causeway opened and bridge on stone pillars built over Jordan River at Pontville

1841: Brighton’s first church built at Pontville

1849: Construction of a timber bridge on piles across the Derwent at Bridgewater

1858: The Butler family living in the property Shene now owns 14,590 acres in the district

1863: Brighton is declared a municipality with Pontville chosen as the administrative centre. The municipality with a recorded population of 3097 stretches from Mangalore to Old Beach and from Broadmarsh to Tea Tree

1871: William Gunn succeeds Alexander Finlay as warden.  He remains in Council for 42 years, 33 years as warden.