Latrobe is a town in northern Tasmania, Australia on the Mersey River. It is 8 km south-east of Devonport on the Bass Highway. At the 2006 census, Latrobe had a population of 2,843. By the 2016 census, this had increased to 4,169
The area was first settled by B. B. Thomas in 1826 and, in 1861, the settlement was named for Charles Joseph La Trobe (1801–1875), the administrator of the colony of Tasmania.
La Trobe Post Office opened on 31 August 1860 and was renamed Latrobe in 1873.
Latrobe has a museum based in the old court house.
Picturesque Bell’s Parade is situated on the Latrobe inlet of the Mersey River. It is named after Robert Bell, who with his half brother Henry Bentinck constructed a wharf and a store on the site in 1855.
From the 1880s it was the main port on the river, becoming northern Tasmania’s second major trading port for a period.
Old English trees on the Parade add visual splendour to the tranquillity and the barbecue facilities make it an ideal location for a picnic. It is also a popular spot during the warmer months for wedding ceremonies and photo opportunities. The history of the area is beautifully depicted on sculptures by Tasmanian artist Stephen Walker, and located at Bell’s Parade in an area known as ‘Settlers Wharf’.
The ‘Henley-On-The-Mersey’ carnival is held at Bell’s Parade annually on Australia Day, 26 January and has been a major social and sporting event for in excess of 85 years.
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