and a Road Run to commemorate it!

Aveling and Porter

Photo above: An 1862 Aveling and Porter chain drive traction engine with fifth wheel steering, could be very similar in appearance to the first traction engine in Tasmania, although of smaller horsepower

The first traction engine on Tasmanian soil  arrived in Hobart harbour on Monday 22nd May 1865 on the ship Indus, from where it was conveyed to Kangaroo Point (now known as Bellerive).

TASMANIA’S FIRST TRACTION ENGINE. (As described in newspaper articles of the period.)” is a compilation by Stephen Bailey of newspaper articles and advertisements.  They were selected from the electronically scanned newspapers available from the National Library of Australia, TROVE, web site, and chosen to illustrate the significant influence that steam road vehicles had on the development of transport, agriculture, mining, forestry and industry within Australia.

This is very interesting reading and worth your time.  It will take you back to the early days of Tasmania when traction engines and steam machinery were new; when men of vision and means took decisions that helped Tasmania grow; and you’ll meet both the usual sceptics and the folk who looked with wonder at the new inventions coming to this state.