Here’s a snippet of trivia for you: renowned artist Stephen Walker created many of his bronze sculptures in Campania. We did not know that until just recently, when we stopped for a comfort break in the small Heritage Highway township and spotted “The School” statue.

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School children depicted in this bronze statue by Stephen Walker

Campania: Bicentennial Mill Park

Titled “To School” the charming sculpture was presented to the Campania community by local residents, the Walker family and timed to commemorate the Australian bicentenary (1788-1988). Further sculptures are located nearby; all are located in Mill Park and Reserve, also home to an historic flour mill (circa 1884).

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Sculptor Stephen Walker opened his foundry in Campania in 1972

Bicentennial Mill Park is located at 53 Reeve Street, Campania adjacent to the main road between Richmond and Colebrook. There are public toilets, a picnic shelter, exercise equipment, a bike track and children’s playground as well as the steam flour mill building. It’s obviously a convenient place to park a motorhome; we observed several travellers breaking the drive to enjoy the space.

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“To School” sculpture commemorates the Australian Bicentenary

Campania is part of Tasmania’s Coal River Valley, an important wine-producing region of the state. The rich and diverse farms of the Campania district are also home to various orchards. Together with a further investigation of other historic buildings in the town, all these attractions have us keen to make a return visit… for a more in-depth experience next time!

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Mill Park and Reserve, Campania adjoins the historic flour mill (c1884)

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