Paint the Town Red – Part 1

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As Hobart prepares to welcome it’s annual DARK MOFO festival, the city is glowing a warm red colour. Multiple buildings and structures are lit by red lights. These were the first to “paint the town red”.

This is the Tasman Bridge which crosses the River Derwent, linking the city to the Eastern Suburbs, airport and East Coast scenic route and Tasman Peninsular.DSC01548DSC01543

This is Wrest Point Hotel and Casino.DSC01558

Willow Court

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This is Willow Court. A three-sided building with verandah, surrounding a central quadrangle. It dates back to 1830.IMG_5429IMG_1973IMG_2003IMG_5424IMG_1993

Originally, it was a barracks for sick and infirm convicts. Other buildings were added to the site, 23 in total between 1830 and 1968.IMG_2542IMG_2048IMG_2007IMG_2095IMG_2005

Over the years, the name of the institution housed here changed … invalid depot … lunatic asylum … hospital for the insane … mental diseases hospital. These names reflected changes in the community and government attitude towards intellectual disability and mental illness.

In 2000 Willow Court closed its doors as patients were de-institutionalised and cared for within the community. Tasmania was the first state in Australia to adopt the “social model of care”.

Communities were left with large empty buildings and equally large maintenance bills, often too much for small municipal councils or state governments to bear through their rate payer/tax payer base. Theft, arson and vandalism all added to already growing problems of natural decay.

Today, some buildings have been renovated and re-purposed. A popular restaurant, a motel, antique shops, sets for film and tv filming, for art installations. There is talk of a museum. The Antique Shop is a fitting companion, linking items from the past to these historical buildings,

Other buildings continue to decay whilst new owners are sought.IMG_2100

Willow Court is of national significance as an asylum that was in continuous use for 170 years and as the first to close. It is still used in the education of students in disability, aged care and mental health.

All-time favourites

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This is the final Weekly Photo Challenge and we’ve been asked to share our favourites.

I’ll miss this challenge, opening my eyes to find a photo for the weekly theme, seeing how other bloggers have interpreted the prompt, being inspired by other people’s photos and techniques. Thank you to everyone who has liked and commented on my contributions over the past three and a half years x

Back to school

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You learn a lot about an organisation when you work in the accounts department. I’ve been working in a temp role at a fee-paying school that has students from kindergarten to Year 12.IMG_5047

The school opened back in 1892 on this site. As well as the expected modern class rooms, there are some beautiful old houses that are still part of the campus. The school has a boarding house, a swimming pool open to the public, science labs, music rooms, theatre, library, halls, chapel, courtyards and memorial gardens.

I have paid creditor invoices for an amazing range of items….
Pens and pencils to a new school bus
Swimming caps to drums of Sodium Hypochlorite (pool chemicals)
Text books to toilet rolls
Window cleaning to line marking on the sports field
Utility bills to food for the tuck shop
Art supplies to flights for teacher conferences
Lawyer fees to fire alarm maintenance
Props for drama shows to sheep eye balls for science class (yes really!)

I’ve learnt that ….
A4 white paper is delivered by the pallet load
Year 2 look after a brood of chickens (I’ve paid for the chook food)

I’ve also learnt that school rules have changed in the past one hundred years.IMG_4634 (2)

This job has dominated my month, so this is my contribution to Changing Seasons hosted by Su.