George Town and Low Head

Postcards from Ian and Margaret

Overnight:  Treasure Island caravan park, South Launceston 3rd night
Weather:  sunny, warm 9-24 degrees

A short drive up the eastern shore of the Tamar River is George Town and Low Head. One of the earliest settlements in Tasmania. George Paterson landed here in 1804 and claimed North Van Diemans Land for the British.

Near the monument to George Paterson is a row of old pine trees.  One has scaffolding built around it and is in the process of being carved into a sculpture.

Eddie Freeman, self-taught chain saw carver says it will depict three men pulling a cable, a whale and its calf and five penguins.

This sculpture was commissioned by the local council to commemorate the laying of the Bass Strait submarine cable from Cape Otway in Victoria via king Island to George Town in 1869 and is on the site where the old Cable House originally stood…

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