A quiet little farming settlement which was
developed by convict labour
Located 54 km from Hobart and positioned between
the historic towns of Richmond (to the south)
and Oatlands and Ross (to the north), Colebrook
is a quiet little farming settlement which was
developed by convict labour as the site of a
convict probation station.
The town was originally named Jerusalem. The
area around Colebrook was first explored by
Europeans in early 1804 and by 1806, with
serious food shortages in Hobart Town,
expeditions of soldiers were being sent into
this area to kill kangaroos and emus. It is
claimed that during one of these expeditions
Private Hugh Germain, a well educated member of
the Royal Marines, started giving various local
sites exotic names. Thus to the west of
'Jerusalem' (Colebrook) lies the incongruously
named village of Bagdad and north of the town,
past Lake Tiberius, is the village of Jericho.
It is said that Germain travelled through the
area with a copy of The Bible and the Arabian
Nights and delighted in giving places religious
and Middle Eastern names.
There is a story (more a legend that a hard
fact) that the famous Tasmanian bushranger,
Martin Cash, hid in a pear tree near the local
police station after he had managed to escape
from the village lockup.
There are a couple of interesting buildings