Convict Trail

17. Saltwater River

Saltwater River was settled in 1841, eleven years after Port Arthur.  It was the first and largest of many probation stations established in Tasmania to deal with newly transported convicts.  Sited in an area recognized for its rich soil, Saltwater River was classed as an agricultural station.  At its peak in 1846 close to 600 convicts laboured at the station, with 240 acres in crop.