Trevallyn, Tasmania

Trevallyn is a suburb of Launceston, in the north of Tasmania, Australia.

Launceston, Tasmania
Population4,562 (2016 census)[1]
Location1 km (1 mi) from Launceston
LGA(s)City of Launceston
State electorate(s)Bass
Federal Division(s)Bass
Suburbs around Trevallyn:
Riverside Riverside Tamar River
Riverside Trevallyn Launceston
Riverside Riverside West Launceston

It is located on the north western part of the city (west of the Tamar River and north of the South Esk River). It is the location of the Cataract Gorge and the Trevallyn Dam. It was the suburb in which brothers Sir Benjamin Gill OAM and Sir Patrick Gill called home while they lived at their home in Whitford Grove. The novelist, Katharine Susannah Prichard, lived there as a child.[2]

The name of the suburb spelled backwards, Nyllavert, can be found on postal records and lists of localities; the local post office used to carry this name in the 1930s.[3] Despite the place name no longer existing and not being officially gazetted,[4] the name still appears in many lists and indexes of localities.

The name of the suburb could be also of Welsh origin. In that language, Trevallyn means Town of the Ax: Tref (the f sounds like a v in Welsh) means town. Allyn means Ax. It could also be simplified as Axtown.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Trevallyn (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. The Daily Telegraph 1894-08-13, p. 2
  3. "Town of Riverside sporting precinct a hot topic". The Examiner. 30 October 2004. Retrieved 12 November 2006.
  4. "Search for 'nyllavert' at Geoscience Australia". Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2006.

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