The fence at a local vet… Looking up the street …. Looking down the street.
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.
This week I’m sharing doors from the centre of Tasmania’s hop growing district, for Norm’s challenge.
I wrote about The Text Kiln back in November when the hops were just beginning to grow. Yesterday we re-visited to check the progress of the hops and to take a photo walk around the old farm precinct.
Various farm buildings are arranged around a picturesque pond.
The Text Kiln – 1867
Along with the original farm house, this is the oldest building on the site. Named from the scripture texts that adorn the walls. A modern oast house in it’s time, used to dry the hops.
The Bake House – 1870
This bake house fed the thousands of casual workers who harvested the hops by hand each year.
The Red Brick Kiln – 1873
The Picil Kiln – 1963
The Weigh Bridge
This delightful rural precinct is in the centre of HPA land but accessible to the public. It is one of Tasmania’s hidden gems.
Cornelian Bay is a sheltered cove to the north of the city centre, Queen’s Domain and Tasman Bridge. Our afternoon walk started on the beach, then along the coastal path past the picturesque and colourful boathouses that have been on this site for almost a hundred years. Although wooden buildings with a tin roof, they are connected to electricity and range from being flaky, literally, to ship shape.
The path meandered along the waterfront, at times backing on to the rocky waters edge, the beach areas covered in oyster shells. At other times the path rose through bush with glimpses of the water and the bridge through the trees.
The path continued underneath the Tasman Bridge that links the suburbs on the eastern shore with the city centre and western shore.
The first bridge to replace ferries was a floating bridge that operated for twenty one years. The curved bridge of floating pontoons was an intriguing design and engineering feat in the 1940’s. One section of the bridge could be lifted on two gantry’s to allow river traffic to pass.
The current Tasman Bridge was opened in 1964 as a four lane highway. A tragic accident in 1975 occurred when a ship went off course and crashed into the bridge, knocking out two piers. A section of bridge collapsed onto the ship, sinking it, killing seven crew members. Five others were killed as their cars plunged into the river from the bridge. News photos of the incident show two cars hanging precariously over the edge of the broken bridge.
The eastern suburbs had expanded when the bridge was built. After the accident the fifty thousand residents had to revert to a fifty kilometre trip to the nearest bridge, or again rely on ferries.
The piers holding up the bridge are no longer symmetrical. Due to the sunken ship on the river bed, replacement piers could not be placed in the original positions. It took two years to
repair the bridge. At the same time, an extra lane was added to the road, utilising the original pedestrian path, adding a new suspended walkway on the side.
As with other antipodean city bridges, the middle lane is a reversible lane, with signs and lights above each lane indicating traffic direction. This allows three lanes towards the city in morning rush hour, with two lanes leaving the city. This is reversed for evening traffic, with two lanes into the city and three lanes heading away from the city.