Food & Drinks

BACON At  Green Rises and “Stoke” a good number of pigs were reared and killed with the meat being cured for bacon. A lot of this was supplied to the Brisbane Hotel in Launceston. With the pig enclosures not being as strong as could have been, the pigs sometimes escaped causing havoc. All of grandfather’s […]

For talk to the Longford National Servicemen’s Association – 4 July 2017

Launceston and Western Railway The railway which travelled between Launceston and Deloraine, a distance of 45 miles, was opened on Friday, 10 February 1871. Initially, it had a gauge of 5 feet, 3 inches but was later reduced to the narrow gauge of 3 feet, 6 inches. To cater for the different sized rolling stock […]


Dad (Eric Badcock) made an application to have the phone connected in late 1945 or early 1946 as a reference is made to this in a letter dated 8th. January 1946 from the then Bishopsbourne Postmistress, Mrs. Mollie Chilcott. Bishopsbourne Jan. 8th. 1946 Dear Eric,           I’m enclosing your telephone application […]

The Isaac Richardson Family

Mary Ann (nee Walker) (1849-1910) and Isaac Simeon Richardson (1843-1919) The Isaac Richardson family reached Hagley in 1909 when Isaac purchased the “Cripplegate” farm property which he soon renamed “Lenna”. The families association with the Hagley Methodist church commenced from that year with several generations becoming active members. By the time of arrival Isaac had […]


Dad (Eric Badcock) was always interested in aircraft and flying and often related stories about them and various happenings over the years. A particular highlight for him was his first flight which occurred at the opening of the Western Junction airport near Launceston, Tasmania on the 28 February, 1931, Dad’s 20th birthday, the plane being […]

Self-drive tour guide

Longford to Liffey Falls (52kms) via Bishopsbourne & Bracknell Experience Outstanding scenery that constantly changes throughout the trip Farmlands with varying crops, cattle and sheep Two centuries of history, centring around free settlers, convicts and bushrangers A large variety of birds and animals living in their natural habitats Spectacular mountains and valleys, rainforest and waterfalls   […]