"History is a story easily forgotten if it isn’t retold"

We're keeping our stories and history alive here on the Peninsula

The South Arm Peninsula has a rich heritage of people and places with many stories to tell, starting many tens of thousands of years ago with the palawa/pakana people of lutruwita/Tasmania.

Over many decades, local historian, Maurice Potter, has gathered many images and tales of European settlement, much of which is displayed in the History Room at the South Arm Community Centre. (Read about the official opening here.)

Maurice's legacy continues today through the work of History Room custodian, Michael Topfer. Start your journey through the last 200 years with these snippets from our archives.

William Gellibrand
The first land grant on the South Arm peninsula was to William Gellibrand who was granted over 2,000 acres in 1824. This was later increased to 3,900 acres to Collins Springs, now a part of the Gellibrand Drive subdivision.

Gellibrand Vault

South Arm Convict Trail
Follow the South Arm Convict Trail and learn more about the men and women who settled the South Arm Peninsula.

A Walk in South Arm history with Maurice Potter - Part 1
Maurice is taking us on a walk back in time, starting at Goats’ Bluff......

John Potter's house
John Potter's house

A Walk in South Arm history with Maurice Potter - Part 2
South Arm historian, Maurice Potter, continues his walk in history.

Part 1 took us from Goats Bluff to the South Arm Store and today he's taking us for a further wander back in time and along the road, filling in some background as go. See if you can visualise South Arm back then...

South Arm Cenotaph
South Arm Cenotaph

Get your best horse out, time for a ploughing match!

What entertainment was there at weekends in the 1800's?

Ploughing at South Arm - 1800s

Sandford Hall
The Sandford Hall celebrates 90 years since its opening in 1932....!

Sandford Hall

History of SAPRA
History of South Arm Peninsula Residents Association

Calendar Girls

The idea for the Bare To Be Different calendar was from Dot Kelly and arose from a need to raise funds to replace the stage curtains in Calverton Hall.

St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas Church is well known in the South Arm area. A landmark built and maintained by the community, now owned by the community.

St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas Church, South Arm

Cat on the Rock

Did you see the Cat on the Rock? It was 1994 when Bob Clifford accidentally ran aground his 40 million dollar catamaran Condor II on Blackjack Rocks near Betsey Island!

Condor on Blackjack Rocks

St Martins Church, Sandford
The church was erected as a memorial to the men of Sandford and South Arm who enlisted for active service in the First World War, and was opened debt free.

Streets of Halfmoon Bay
The streets of Halfmoon Bay were established in a subdivision back in 1956.

Balemo Street, Halfmoon Bay


Rev Joseph Tice Gellibrand

Was a son of Joseph Tice Gellibrand, the first Attorney-General of Tasmania, and a grandson of William Gellibrand.


Major Fred George

Did you know the arch at the entrance to St Barnabas Church was made possible by a donation by Major Fred George who came to live at South Arm in 1950?

Major Fred George