|The Old Pub
and the Main Street
Tiny timber township between Launceston and
the east coast.
Goulds Country, situated 155 km from Launceston,
is an entirely wooden township. It is located
off the Tasman Highway and is now no more than
half a dozen buildings on the side of beautiful
and gently undulating hills.
Goulds Country was discovered in the 1860s by
the geologist Charles Gould. It was originally
known as Kunnarra and by 1900, as a result of
tin mining in the area, had a population of 400.
At the time the town's buildings included a
telegraph office, a school, churches, council
chambers, court, savings bank, hotel and public
Goulds Country was also well known for its
dairy produce and the rapidly expanding workings
at the tin lodes nearby.
Around 1875 tin was discovered in the
district. The Anchor Mine (located south of
Lottah) was opened in 1880 and from 1880-96 the
mine produced 30 734 tons of ore.
During 1899 the mine produced 18 300 tons of
stone which yielded 62 tons of tin ore. The
water for the mine was brought from the
Marie-Louise Dam on the Blue Tier by water race.
At the time the plant was considered the most
complete of its kind in Australia.
Goulds Country's first hotel was built in
1900 by William Trowbridge. It was destroyed by
fire in 1910. However a new public house 'The
Travellers Rest' was built and, as Jennifer P.
Burns points out in the pamphlet An Introduction
to Goulds Country 'It has weathered seventy
years of rain, sun and dust and stands as an
example and a memorial to all of us. [It no
longer operates as a hotel].
'We believe Goulds Country is a fine,
unadulterated example of early Tasmania; of how
people selected a site and built a pub or a shop
and a dwelling. Goulds Country as it stands
today is worth keeping and is part of Tasmania's
Just near the church in Goulds Country is a
beautiful old holly tree which gives an
indication of what the climate of the area is
like. The Blue Tier rises behind Goulds Country.
The views from the town are rural and idyllic.
It is significant that many of the current
inhabitants of this tiny settlement are the
descendants of such impressive local characters
as Alex Johnson. When Alex Johnson moved into
the area of Goulds Country he was in his
sixties. Although late in life he still managed
to cut and clear 50 acres of land. A superhuman
achievement. Not surprisingly he lived to the
age of 96.