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
As posted here, we had a nostalgic time at the Tasmanian Transport Museum last weekend.
As well as the steam trains and carriages, there were various old vehicles, which seem an ideal post for Norm’s Thursday Doors Series.
Fire engines from different decades.
This “wheeled escape ladder” was imported from Britain in 1969 at a cost of $5,668. Lots of cupboard doors to hide equipment.
This side loader bus from the 1940’s has a door on the pavement side for each row of bench seats. The other side has just the one, the driver’s door. Also this car, adapted for the mine manager, to run on rails.
There were trams and trolley buses without doors, before the days of ”health and safety”. The museum is run by volunteers, who have renovated many of the vehicles.
I’m impressed with these seats that can face either way. The seat back can slide backwards and forwards. Sydney still has seats like this on it’s new trains.
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.
In 1902 this Custom House was built on Hobart’s waterfront.
The building was floodlit in blue light for the recent winter festival Dark Mofo.
This is the same door in daylight.
It is difficult to get photos of the front of the building as four lanes of traffic drive by. I took this one just after sunrise on Anzac Day back in April.