New Norfolk turns 200

THE picturesque valley town of New Norfolk celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2008. The town was established in 1808 by settlers evacuated from Norfolk Island to Tasmania, making it one of the oldest localities in Australia. At the time of New Norfolk’s founding, mainland Australian capitals including Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth did not exist. The bicentenary is being commemorated in a variety of ways but the major celebration was at the annual Derwent Valley Autumn Festival on April 6, 2008, which was attended by about 15,000 people. PHOTO: Period dress was a highlight of the bicentenary celebration on April 6, 2008.

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