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 whom?] to carry two books in his saddlebags while travelling: the Bible and the Arabian Nights, which he used as inspiration when he named places. Bagdad Post Office opened on 1 December 1878. A railway line connected the town with Hobart from 1891 until 1947. Source: Wikipedia