This is the Convict Brick Trail in Campbell Town, Tasmania. The bricks are dedicated to some of the convicts who were transported to Australia from 1788, for almost one hundred years.
The trail was a privately organised project, with bricks purchased and details provided by individuals or descendants of the convicts identified on the brick.
Each brick states the name and age of the person, the ship they arrived on, their crime and sentence. Also, some other piece of information, perhaps where they were from, who they married, where they died, their achievements (or otherwise) in their new land.
Even James Bond gets a mention!?!
It is always a pleasure to have visitors and show them some of our favourite places in Tasmania.
My cousin arrived yesterday so I met her at Hobart airport and introduced her to this delightful sculpture of Tasmanian Devils, by local artist Ruth Waterhouse.
Later in the day we met real live Devils at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. We also saw wombats, koalas, echidna, blue tongue lizards, birds, kangaroos.
“All of our animals at Bonorong are survivors and have a story. We operate a 24 hour rescue service. Our army of hundreds of volunteers brings aid to thousands of suffering animals every year. The service is funded entirely by entry fees. Bonorong is not a zoo. All of our animals are with us for a reason. All of them undergo meticulous assessment to ensure they are happy and healthy. We never compromise on this. Many other animals are released back into the wild after their recovery.”
Since my last visit, Bonorong has opened a unique wildlife hospital, with vets on hand to operate as needed.
A local Jazz Festival has been running all week, with free twilight concerts at various parks and a foreshore boardwalk.
Due to predicted inclement weather, the weekend events were moved to a marquee. We spent the afternoon and evening listening to three different bands, with differing music styles and sounds. We joined others to be faces in the crowd.
Earlier this month, the Australian Naval ship, HMAS Hobart, visited her home city. The crew paraded through our streets, for a “freedom of the city” presentation.
The hundreds of people, in identical uniforms, as well as the crowd of supporters, were all faces in the crowd.
I am humming “Waltzing Matilda” as I post these photos, remembering the parade.
“Sandy Bay Regatta is one of the longest running regattas in the world, having commenced in 1849. Like many regattas, it came from working sea-farers testing their skills against their mates. Sports like sailing and rowing became the main draw-cards for the public.”
Nowadays, it is a major Australia Day celebration in Hobart. As well as hosting the city’s Citizenship Ceremony, the regatta is a mix of activities on the water, the beach and the grass.
We had a fun day watching tug of war, dragon boats races, boot throwing competition, kayak races, sailing, kids surf life-saving club activities, paddle boarding and a wind surf dash.
Water polo was a new addition to the programme this year and proved to be very popular.
There was an array of food vans, live music, kid’s games. A fun day for all the family. The endless variety of a regatta.
Happy Australia Day!