|Bowerman's General Store, in Tunbridge, Tasmania|
I love this kind of thing.
Thanks to a "mishear" by Alexa the other day, I got the weather forecast for "Tunbridge, Australia"... instead of Tonbridge in the UK (where I actually live).
I didn't even know there was a Tunbridge down there, but then again it's population is only 145 according to the 2016 census, down from 192 in the 2006 census.
Turns out it's named after Tunbridge Wells, our neighbouring town, which, in turn, takes its name from the much older Tonbridge (the spelling of Tunbridge Wells' name was changed at the request of Post Office, I believe).
Wikipedia tells us that the Antipodean Tunbridge, in Tasmania, is:
"...a town in the midlands of Tasmania, Australia that was originally a coaching stop on the Hobart to Launceston road, now known as the Midlands Highway. It was named after one of its three original coaching inns, the Tunbridge Wells, which in turn was named after Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England...There's a much more thorough, and very well-illustrated, article on the small town at the On The Convict Trail blog, by Geoff Ritchie, which you can read here.
"In its coaching heyday it had three coaching inns, the Tunbridge Wells Inn, the Victoria Inn and the York Inn. Each inn was associated with a different coaching company. The Tunbridge Wells serviced J. E. Cox Coaches, the Victoria Inn serviced Samuel Page Coaches and the York Inn serviced Alfred Burbury Coaches. Tunbridge Post Office opened on 17 March 1856."
Man, it looks so wonderfully Wild West! I love it. I know I will never get to visit Tasmanian Tunbridge, but I'm definitely going to research it further.
Maybe, it will even influence my gaming somehow at some point.
|Where to find Tunbridge in Tasmania.|