In its hey day Derby was the site one of the richest tin mines in the world with a population of around 3,000.
The Derby Town Hall was built in 1923 at the height of the mountain town’s prosperity.
Sadly, just six years later the Briseis Dam (named after the 1876 Melbourne Cup winner) flooded the town killing 14 people in the worst flood in Tasmanian history.
Following the floods the town went into decline and until recently its population fell to just 176 locals.
Today, Derby is re-building its future as a world class mountain biking destination and was the venue World Enduro Series earlier this year.
Folk in Derby ride everywhere these days and speak a language riddled with MTB lingo.
Did you know?
Derby is the home of the oldest soy sauce bottle in Australia, discovered by archaeologists in 2003 and most likely a relic from the impressive Chinese community living in the area in the 19th century.
Festival of Small Halls rolls into Derby on Sunday, 5th January 2020 with Siobhan Miller (SCO) and Jack Carty (AUS).
Doors open 6.30pm for 7pm start.
Tickets available online here or locally at the Post Office, The Provodore General Store, and Evolution Biking Blue Derby.
The Derby Town Hall is located at 1 Krushka St, Derby TAS 7264.