Much of Tasmania’s heritage dates back to European settlement. These three bridges were all built by convict labour.
Built in 1823 it is the oldest bridge in use in Australia.
The Red Bridge, Campbell Town
Built in 1838, constructed of hand made red bricks. This bridge on the Midland Highway now carries two million vehicles each year.
Built in 1843, it is no longer in use, located a few meters from the East Coast Road.
But such a spectacular design. Some say the vertical stones were to prevent cattle falling over the side. Others claim it was convict rebellion against their supervisors.
Rosny Barn is a gem in the heart of Hobart suburbs. The stone building dates back to 1818, just fifteen years after the first European Settlers arrived in Tasmania.
It is constructed from round river stones, sea shell mortar, with sandstone blocks on the corners and around doorways. The roof is made from wooden shingles.
It is believed the barn was used to store hay. The height of the barn and the two sets of double doors opposite each other would have allowed hay wagons to drive through for easy loading and unloading. The vertical slits at the top of the walls would have enabled air to circulate, reducing the risk of fire.
The overall site is Rosny Farm, with a mix of stone, brick and wooden buildings, ruins of stables and farm outbuildings. The farm well is marked out as a circular bench.
Rosny Cottage was built around 1850 and was the home of farmers and labourers.
The School House is a replica from 1890 and is now a small gallery.
The barn now hosts performances and exhibitions and has beautiful wooden doors.
I’m linking this to Norm’s Thursday Doors Series
Last weekend, Hobart hosted an “Open House” event. Various buildings, were open for the public to explore.
“Dorney House”, one of Australia’s great modern houses, sits high on a hill on top of the abandoned 1904 Fort Nelson, with panoramic views of the city, the river and Southern Ocean.
Architect, J. H. Esmond Dorney built 3 versions of this house, in similar circular, open plan designs. The first house, built in 1949 was situated on the now empty southern gun emplacement. The second was built in 1966. Both of these homes were destroyed by bush fires. The current house was built in 1978.
It was a privilege to visit inside the now unoccupied home and grounds and to have a personal tour by the son of the the architect.
We came from Hobart, to Melbourne, to find a bar that we had read about in a Sydney newspaper.
A hidden bar, where the entrance is disguised as a bookshelf. You have to move the correct book to open the door.
As you walk downstairs you hear the noise of voices before you see the bar below.
Such a cool place.
The door at street level is impressive too.
I hope this post is not too late as a contribution for this week’s Norm’s Thursday Doors.
B is for … Bridge
… in my second post for the Blogging A to Z Challenge.
Let’s start in London, with the iconic Tower Bridge.
This is the Wobbly Bridge, also in London. It’s official name is the Millennium Bridge, a pedestrian suspension bridge across the River Thames. When it opened, it swayed far too much and closed for months for modifications and stability.
This is a bridge that is intended to sway.
Amsterdam has many bridges over it’s canals, but this “Skinny Bridge” – Magere Brug – is a beautiful historic swing bridge.
On this side of the world, Sydney Harbour Bridge is another world famous image.
Tasmania has Australia’s oldest stone bridge, in Richmond. It was built by convict labour in 1823 and still carries traffic.
Another convict built bridge in Tassie is Spiky Bridge. It was built in 1843, using stones from the fields, without any mortar or cement. Stones on the parapet are laid vertically, hence it’s name. It is suggested that the vertical stones were to prevent cattle falling over the sides of the bridge. Others claim that the convicts placed them vertically in some minor rebellion against their supervisor.
A is for … Arch
… in my first post for this “Blogging A to Z Challenge”.
Firstly a few historic arches from Europe….
Admiralty Arch in London, looking down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace.
Arc de Triomphe in Paris
The Coliseum in Rome
Now a few from Tasmania…
Arches of the ruined church at Port Arthur
Erosion has created this nature feature of the Tasman Arch
A decorative arch at the Botanical Gardens
An arch of wisteria in a suburban garden, last spring
With recent events in Brussels recently, it seems appropriate to include The Menin Gate in Ypres that depicts the quiet honour and dedication of the Belgian people.
The Last Post ceremony takes place here every evening at 8pm. The gate is a memorial to the thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers, killed in WW1 who have no known graves. The ceremony has been held daily since 1928, except for the years of German occupation during WW2.
Belmont House is an 1830’s coach house in Richmond, Tasmania. The town was an important military staging post and convict station on the road between Hobart and Port Arthur. As with most of the town, this house was built by convict labour, constructed from locally quarried sandstone.
The coach house is now a private residence for the Pooley family and home to Pooley Wines. Vineyards surround the buildings, with some vines covered in netting to protect the fruit from birds and possums.
The old stables house the “Cellar Door” open to the public for wine tastings and available for private functions. It is a lovely location to enjoy a glass of wine, a cheeseboard or wood fired pizza.
There are an array of doors around the back of the main house and in the stables block, ideal for Norm’s Thursday Doors challenge
Following on from yesterday’s post about the historical farm buildings, here is an update on the hops that have now grown to the top of the wire frames.
Sheep graze amongst the hops to eat the base growth before harvest. It appears that they also eat the trees as willows and others look like they’ve had a “hair cut” to a specific level.
The harvested hops will be taken to modern drying facilities for use in beer production. But as we walked around this charming place we could image the thousands of families here, picking the hops by hand, over the generations.
Away from the precinct but still in the village of Bushy Park, other historical buildings stand out amongst the miles of hop fields.
The Water Race
A 3km water race brought water from the Styx River to water mill, which generated electricity for the kilns. It is debated whether Bushy Park had electricity before Hobart.
St Augustine’s Church
The church stands amongst the hop fields, beside the river. During floods in 1960, the water level rose almost to the guttering of the church.
Back at the precinct, the pond is home to various fish and very friendly ducks.