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DISTANCES: Launceston 29Km

The first glimpse of St. Mary’s Church at Hagley, an early colonial village west of Launceston on the Bass Highway, is among the most charming scenes in Northern Tasmania.

Sir Richard Dry, who had the distinction of being Australia’s first Knight (1858), and Tasmania’s first Speaker and native-born Premier (1866), laid the foundation stone for the beautiful St Mary’s Church in 1861. Sir Richard was buried in the grounds, but was later exhumed and reinterred in a vault under the chancel. Lady Dry made many gifts to the church, including the fine east window, noted for its symmetry & colour. It depicts Guido’s ‘Crucifixion’ from the Gallery of Florence.

Hagley is part of the Great Western Tiers Touring Route.