December 2008: Tasmania's population reaches 500,000

Tasmania's population is believed to have reached 500,000 toward the end of December 2008. The occasion was recognised by the Premier, The Hon. David Bartlett, on Monday 22nd of December when he announced that Tasmania's symbolic half millionth person was baby Sophie Pettit of Glenorchy, born on Decmber 12th. Sophie's 'number' (corresponding to her name) was drawn from a box containing entries from 108 newborns and 72 migrants who arrived in Tasmania between December 8th and 18th. See Press Release at 

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