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This building at "Harefield" near St Marys was the cottage built by
Dr Alexander Thomson in the
early 1830s.
It is believed to be the oldest building still standing in the Fingal valley

Cullenswood Anglican Church
built by convict labour in 1834 for
Robert Vincent Legge the original owner of "Cullenswood"


Golden Gate Gold Mine at Mathinna.
Towards the Nineteenth Century Mathinna was the third largest town in Tasmania after Hobart and Launceton.



Welcome to the home page of "" or the
St Patricks Head and Esk Valley Historical Society Inc.

In keeping with the Constitution the object of the Society is:

  • To collect and preserve information and/or items of historical value within the defined area.

  • To promote and exhibit the history as a means of sharing the heritage with the community.

These aims are achieved through identified projects, exhibitions, field trips and participation in general community events.


Latest Information

The Society would like to acknowledge the Break O' Day Council who, through their Community Fund, have given us a grant of $3,000 to upgrade IT equipment. This equipment will help us to continue researching and preserving valuable history and assist us in keeping our website full of information for the general public

Members of the Society are available by appointment to conduct tours and do talks on the rich history of the Fingal Valley.
For more information phone:
Darlene: 0438 534 763
Or Jim 03 63722127

Society Member, Jim Haas, talks to a group of walkers from the Launceston Ramblers at an old mine shaft entrance at Cornwall



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External Links
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This site was developed by Greg Cruse & Jim Haas at the St Marys Online Access Centre, 23b Main St, St Marys

Updated by Jim on 16 - 8 - 2016


Towns of the Valley







St Marys 1903



The next meeting will be the Annual General Meeting, held at the Old Tasmanian Hotel in Fingal on the 21st September 2016, commencing at 3:00pm

All Welcome


You are welcome to view our display of artefacts and photos at the the Cranks & Tinkerers Motor Museum in Main St, St Marys.

St Marys 1903 By The Late David Clement is now online