Our Heritage

The Southern Midlands, and its many historic towns, are a wealth of historic cultural heritage. With settlement dating back to the early 1810s, by 1823 much of the land had been granted, and settlers were busy creating their ‘little slice of home’.

Jericho and York Plains were established prior to 1820, and Oatlands was established in the mid 1820s. The district burgeoned during the 1830s, Oatlands having 50 miles of streets laid out, and was a significant convict and military centre, tipped to become the ‘central capital of Van Diemen’s Land’, right through until the 1860s.


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