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The Steppes Historic Site
The Steppes Historic Site is located on the Lake Highway in the Central Highland’s of Tasmania about 35 km northwest of Bothwell. This State reserve, of 48 ha, not only protects the site’s historic buildings but also helps ensure that stories about a way of...
The Steppes Historic Site is located on the Lake Highway in the Central Highland’s of Tasmania about 35 km northwest of Bothwell. This State reserve, of 48 ha, not only protects the site’s historic buildings but also helps en...
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Christ College, Hobart
Christ College was opened on 1 October 1846 with the hope that it would develop along the lines of an Oxbridge college and provide the basis for university education in Tasmania. It was also intended to prepare men for the priesthood. The Hutchins School an...
Christ College was opened on 1 October 1846 with the hope that it would develop along the lines of an Oxbridge college and provide the basis for university education in Tasmania. It was also intended to prepare men for the pr...
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Cullen House
The two conjoined houses that stand next to St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macquarie Street, Hobart were constructed by Richard Roberts in 1847. Roberts placed an advertisement in the Feb 1847 edition of the “Colonial Times” and he described the houses as “...
The two conjoined houses that stand next to St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macquarie Street, Hobart were constructed by Richard Roberts in 1847. Roberts placed an advertisement in the Feb 1847 edition of the “Colonial Times” ...
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Fernleigh, Kempton
The elegant house now known as 'Fernleigh' "was built in the 1830s by Thomas Gorringe, a free settler who was granted 800 acres by Governor Macquarie in 1821. Gorringe was a doctor who left a large medical practice in Brighton (England) to seek his fortune ...
The elegant house now known as 'Fernleigh' "was built in the 1830s by Thomas Gorringe, a free settler who was granted 800 acres by Governor Macquarie in 1821. Gorringe was a doctor who left a large medical practice in Brighto...
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Clarendon House
300th Post! 261,733 blog views! This is the house of one of the richest men in Tasmanian history, James Cox. He was the second son of Captain William Cox who pioneered the road over the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and was born on 1 November, 1790 at D...
300th Post! 261,733 blog views! This is the house of one of the richest men in Tasmanian history, James Cox. He was the second son of Captain William Cox who pioneered the road over the Blue Mountains in New South...
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Law Courts, Port Arthur
This was the site of the first bakehouse and sailmakers quarters in 1834. Those buildings were replaced by the sandstone building in 1848 and were further extended in 1854. The Law Courts introduced convicts to Port Arthur’s regime of ‘ceaseless vigilance’,...
This was the site of the first bakehouse and sailmakers quarters in 1834. Those buildings were replaced by the sandstone building in 1848 and were further extended in 1854. The Law Courts introduced convicts to Port Arthu...
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Former Mariner's Church, Sandy Bay
In the year 1835, a few gentlemen interested in the welfare of seamen belonging to, or visiting Hobart Town, assembled at Dr. Boss's Library and Reading Room, Collins Street, when an association was formed under the designation of the Bethel Union, for the ...
In the year 1835, a few gentlemen interested in the welfare of seamen belonging to, or visiting Hobart Town, assembled at Dr. Boss's Library and Reading Room, Collins Street, when an association was formed under the designati...
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Mount Nassau
Side by side at Mount Nassau are two attractive houses of about 1830 or 1840 vintage. The main house is a two storey brick dwelling with a rather simple, classic Georgian design. Inside it has a characteristically small spiral staircase that is the bane of ...
Side by side at Mount Nassau are two attractive houses of about 1830 or 1840 vintage. The main house is a two storey brick dwelling with a rather simple, classic Georgian design. Inside it has a characteristically small spira...
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Government Cottage, Port Arthur
This delightfully situated cottage overlooks the Government gardens and was no doubt placed in that location to impress those who it accommodated. It had been built in 1854 to accommodate the Comptroller General (The Head of the Convict Department) when he ...
This delightfully situated cottage overlooks the Government gardens and was no doubt placed in that location to impress those who it accommodated. It had been built in 1854 to accommodate the Comptroller General (The Head of ...
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Queen Adelaide Inn
The Queen Adelaide Inn began life as a comfortable 4 roomed brick cottage that was built by James Sly, a bootmaker, in the mid 1840’s. By 1853, it had been purchased at public auction by George Pollock for the sum of 500 pounds. By 1856, Pollock had applied...
The Queen Adelaide Inn began life as a comfortable 4 roomed brick cottage that was built by James Sly, a bootmaker, in the mid 1840’s. By 1853, it had been purchased at public auction by George Pollock for the sum of 500 poun...
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St John the Baptist Church, West Hobart
In 1844 the parish of St John the Baptist was formed. The year after, a parish hall was erected on the southern side of Goulburn Street. This served as a church, a Sunday school, and a day school. By 1850 the Reverend FH Fox of the Parish of St John the Bap...
In 1844 the parish of St John the Baptist was formed. The year after, a parish hall was erected on the southern side of Goulburn Street. This served as a church, a Sunday school, and a day school. By 1850 the Reverend FH Fox ...
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Macquarie Street State School
The Macquarie Street State School was built in 1895, replacing a building of the same name. It served as one of the principal Hobart schools until it was finally replaced by the South Hobart Primary School in 1964. The building is substantially the same as ...
The Macquarie Street State School was built in 1895, replacing a building of the same name. It served as one of the principal Hobart schools until it was finally replaced by the South Hobart Primary School in 1964. The buildi...
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