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Ross sandstone sign

The Heritage Highway stretches from Hobart to Launceston with the most significant places being Kempton, Oatlands and Ross. Filled with sandstone Georgian architecture, Ross sits on the banks of the Macquarie River, 69 miles north of Hobart and 48 miles south of Launceston as inscribed into the Ross Bridge in Roman numerals. Ross was officially established in 1821 but only began real expansion in the 1830’s through land grants to free settlers decided from Hobart Town. In todays Tasmania, the village of Ross is known for three reasons: The Bridge The Female Factory The Bakery The reasons are as:…

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convict arrow

Jorgen Jorgenson “The Convict King” Jorgen Jorgenson (Jorgensen) was born the son of a Danish watchmaker in 1780 and proceeded to live an adventurous life. He was an adventurer, explorer, king, spy, convict, constable and writer. Among other things. Jorgenson developed a habit of finding himself in places at significant times. I guess adventure can put you in such situations. He joined the Danish navy at age 14, and as a privateer was onboard the Lady Nelson with Matthew Flinders during his exploration of Bass Strait, the establishment of both settlements on the River Derwent and the discovery of the Tamar estuary.…

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