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The west coast of Tasmania is notoriously wild, and definitely doesn’t get the hype that the likes of Cradle Mountain, or Wineglass Bay get on mainland Australia—but it’s definitely a destination you need to add to your bucket list this year.
The Unconformity takes place from October 14th to October 17th with a range of events taking place. Artists taking part in The Unconformity include Adam Thomson, Celeste Evelyn, Chris Jackson, Emma Porteus, Evan Loxton, Jo-Anne Bateman, Kyall Shanks, Natalie Abbott, Raymon Arnold, Sara Wright, and many more. Check out the full rundown of artists here.
The events take place around Tasmanian mining town Queenstown, the largest town on Tasmania’s west coast.
Tickets for The Unconformity events are available here.
Queenstown’s history has long been tied to the mining industry. This mountainous area was first explored in 1862. It was long after that when alluvial gold was discovered at Mount Lyell, prompting the formation of the Mount Lyell Gold Mining Company in 1881. In 1892, the mine began searching for copper. The final name of the Mount Lyell company was the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company.
Early in 1895 a Post Office was opened at Penghana, at the Queen River fork and crossing, about a kilometre north of present-day Queenstown on the road to Strahan; James Robertson was appointed the first postmaster. The only other substantial building nearby was Robertson & Hunter’s store. Queenstown Post Office opened on 21 November 1896 and the Penghana office closed; Miss Mylan was the first postmaster. The present-day Queenstown Post Office dates from 1902 and is heritage-listed. The name “Penghana” was adopted for a substantial house nearby, from around 1925–1944 the residence of Mount Lyell mine manager R. M. Murray, and persists today as Penghana Road.