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The monument commemorates the sesquicentenary of the first formed road built in Tasmania by Dennis McCarthy, an Irish exile.

McCarty was endlessly entrepreneurial. In 1812 he was granted 50 acres at Boyer just east of New Norfolk and shortly afterwards he successfully petitioned for a road between Hobart Town and the New Norfolk district. He won the construction contract and proceeded to build it himself. The establishment of a road into the area combined with good river access meant that throughout the next decade people settled in the area in greater numbers. 


Address:Lyell Highway, 7 kilometres west of Granton, Granton, 7140
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.763981
Long: 147.144048
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:30-May-1818
Actual Event End Date:30-May-1968


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 30th May, 1968
Front Inscription

To Commemorate
The Sesquicentenary
Of The First Formed Road In Tasmania
From Hobart To New Norfolk
Begun By Denis McCarthy
May 30th 1818

The Derwent Valley Group
      of the
National Trust
May 30th 1968

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au