Bagdad

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Detail of Chart of Van Diemen’s Land from the best authorities and from surveys George William Evans (1780-1852) dated January 29th 1822. State Library of Victoria
Chart of Van Diemen’s Land from the best authorities and from surveys George William Evans (1780-1852) dated January 29th 1822. State Library of Victoria

William Creelman who signed the 1853 Bendigo Goldfields Petition, was assigned probation with Mrs Lackey at Bagdad, Tasmania.


Bagdad is a small town 37 kilometres (23 mi) north of Hobart, Tasmania. It is in the Southern Midlands Council. In the days of the horse and buggy, Bagdad was an important rest area and horse-changing place for those continuing their journey up Constitution Hill. It is now an area of orchards and small mixed farms and a commuter settlement.The town was named by the explorer Hugh Germain, a private in the Royal Marines. He was said by James Backhouse in his book "A Narrative of a Visit to the Australian Colonies", published in 1901, to carry two books in his saddlebags while traveling: the Bible and the Arabian Nights, which he used as inspiration when he named places.[1]

The Armitage family who built substantial estates in Victoria settled and lived at Bagdad, Tasmania. <Dennis Green, Research of Armitage family.</ref>