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by Justice Stephen Estcourt AM22 May
Tassie Supreme Court Turns 200
by Emily Quintin22 May
Provocative Political ‘Piss-Take’ Revealed At Maritime Museum

History and humour collided with the unveiling of what is perhaps Australia’s earliest-known free-standing full-length statue – a well-dressed colonial gentleman caught in the act of urination – at Hobart’s Maritime Museum.

by Mary-Lou Stephens22 May
Chocolate, Spies and Quakers

What do Cadbury, Rowntree and Fry have in common? Chocolate, of course, but there’s also something more.

by Hobart Magazine22 May
The Grand Race to Hobart Over the Years

Once the Chrissy ham leftovers are safely in the Tupperware and the discarded wrapping paper dealt with, it’s time to turn our attention to the great race – the Sydney to Hobart.

by Peta Hen22 May
A Road Most Travelled: Stories of the Midland Highway

When travelling from Hobart to Launceston and back again, one stretch of long, hilly, winding road generally comes to mind. Synonymous with roadworks and slow-moving caravans, the Midland Highway, or Midlands Highway, as it’s often referred to, never struck me as anything more than the road to the north of Tasmania – one with a compulsory coffee stop in Campbell Town, as is tradition.

by Piia Wirsu22 May
From The Dead

When 18-year-old Mick Doleman farewelled a blossoming romance to sail out of Hobart on 12 October 1973, he didn’t know his whole world was about to change.

by Peta Hen22 May
Ye Olde North Hobart Colonial Footy Days

Whether you’re for, against or on the fence regarding Tassie’s AFL team and/ or stadium, North Hobart Football Club (NHFC) is considered the ancestral home of Aussie Rules footy in Hobart. We caught up with Rick Tipping for a glimpse back into the early days of NHFC and Tasmanian AFL.

by Peta Hen22 May
A Century Long Obsession with Tasmanian Skiing

It’s the time of year when the dark, low clouds in the evening look less ominous and looming, instead sparking hope and excitement. Will it snow? Will it be low enough? Can we go skiing?!

by Amanda Double22 May
A Whale of A Time…

In late 2020 during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, when we were all living and working from home, going slightly crazy isolating from each other and the world, something exciting happened: a friend alerted me to a Tasmanian online auction that was about to take place.

by Peta Hen1 May
Is this Tasmania’s Best Unknown Artist?

What is the life behind a painting? This is a question I have always asked myself whenever I look upon the masterful
brushstrokes of the snowy Dutch homestead mounted on my living room wall.

by Danielle Scrimshaw1 May
She and Her Pretty Friend: Love at the Female Factory

Catherine Owens arrived in Van Diemen’s Land on the Lady of the Lake, after departing London on 12 June 1829. She had been convicted several times before being transported. Her convict record describes Catherine as having a violent disposition, in addition to being a single housemaid with a ‘dark complexion’ who could read and write (a rarity for lower‑class women at the time). She was sentenced to fourteen years for receiving stolen spoons.

by Digby Ross1 May
Get Ready for the Legacy Centenary Commemoration Torch Relay in 2023

The Legacy Centenary Torch Relay is a six-month campaign to pay homage to and acknowledge veterans’ families, saluting their sacrifice. Legacy has its roots in a battlefield promise, from the trenches in Pozieres, on the Western Front in World War I. A promise from a soldier to his dying mate to “look after the missus and the kids” is one that has been revered since the first Legacy Club was established.

by Lily Whiting1 May
Salamanca Market Celebrates 50 Years

In rain, hail and sunshine, for fifty years Salamanca Market has been an beacon for visitors and locals every Saturday.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
A Spicy History of Hobart

Have you ever looked up toward the mountain and noticed big white writing on the hill at South Hobart? Dating back to 1905, the sign was a new, fandangle marketing tool for Keen’s Curry, the iconic flavouring that started right here in Hobart. We spoke with researcher Freida Moran to get the fully spicy story.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Hobart Film Society Clocks Another Year as the Oldest in Australia

Since 1946, a secret society of Hobart film lovers meets to watch films and chat all things movies. From humble beginnings, the society grew to a huge supporter base of almost 2000 film buffs. For a few reasons – including Covid – numbers are a little less than that now, but they’re looking to build again.

by Department of Defence1 May
Reflecting on 75 Years of Peace Keeping

As Remembrance Day approaches on 11 November a number of Tasmanians will be again reflecting on their unique service.

by Lilian Koch1 May
What Became of the Children of Convicts? The History of Hobart’s Orphan Schools

You may be well acquainted with stories of prisoners being shipped to Van Diemen’s Land to carry out their sentences as convicts. But what is perhaps often overlooked in our colonial history is the story of what became of the direct descendants of convicts.

by Lilian Koch1 May
The Defining Architect of Tasmania You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Who designed Parliament House? The Theatre Royal? Richmond Bridge? Campbell Street Gaol? How about the Ordnance Stores in Salamanca? The answer all comes down to the same man: John Lee Archer. A colonial architect and civil engineer, Archer was responsible for countless Tasmanian government build­ings, penal buildings, military buildings, churches, bridges, and lighthouses.

by Lilian Koch1 May
A Soldier’s Legacy…100 Years Later

The promise of a soldier to his dying mate in the trenches of WWI has made its way to the 21st century in the form of Legacy, an initiative that cares for the families of deceased veterans through practical, financial, and emotional support.

by Georgina Stones1 May
A Knitting Bushranger? The Dichotomy of Michael Howe

If you happened to have been walking along Murray Street in early 1817 you may have observed a rough sailor-looking fellow with a profusion of coarse hair sitting outside the gates of the old gaol, working with a pair of knitting needles to fashion wool into wearing apparel for sale.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Hobart’s Army Museum Hosts WWII Exhibition

Behind the gates of Hobart’s Anglesea Barracks, a World War II exhibition displays the stories of Tasmanians during the war years from 1939 to 1945. The display, hosted at the Army Museum on the barracks, includes images of Tasmania’s two main local infantry battal­ions and the myriad of defence industries, and is open to the public.

by Sarah Aitken1 May
New Book Explores Fern Tree on Fire

Fern Tree On Fire is a new book that looks at the impact of the 1967 bushfire on the bushy mountain suburb. It had a very timely release, with a recent fire threatening homes in Dynnyrne and Mt Nelson shortly after the anniversary of the 1967 fire that took 62 lives and made 7000 people homeless. Former Fern Tree resident Robin Hurburgh left the area after the fire, returning for the 50th anniversary and to compile the book.

by Ruth Moon1 May
Aarrgh We There Yet?

Pirates Bay, the great sweep of ocean east of teralina/Eaglehawk Neck, received its first European name, Monge Bay, during Baudin’s expedition, in 1802.

by Nicholas Clements1 May
Historic Battles and Exile in Tasmania

Tongerlongeter was an impressive Australian war hero. Leader of the Oyster Bay nation of south-east Tasmania in the 1820s and ’30s, he and his allies led one of the most effective frontier resistance mounted on Australian soil.

by Sarah Aitken1 May
State Of The Art Cases Keep Thylacine Gallery From Decay

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Thylacine Gallery is currently closed as the precious exhibits undergo some gentle maintenance and move into some new, state-of-the-art display cases. We caught up with Nikki King Smith, TMAG’s Senior Objects Conservator, to find out more.

by Jacqui Triffitt1 May
Tassie Team Plays In First Women’s Cricket Match In Australia

On 17 March 1906 Tasmania played Vic­toria in the very first interstate women’s cricket match held in Australia at Victoria Park in Abbotsford in Melbourne.

by Christopher Woods16 March
4 Winds to Zannee – How Hobart Houses Were Named

Have you noticed how many houses in Hobart have a name? After realising just how many there were, I decided to write a book about them called 4 Winds to Zannee. My previous four books dealt with the naming of things in the Blue Mountains of NSW.

by Suzanne Curry, Hobart Legacy16 March
Significant Local History Collection Donated to Legacy

A morning tea was held at Government House earlier this year to acknowledge a significant collection of artefacts belonging to Major General Sir John Gellibrand KCB, DSO & Bar. Hosted by Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AC, (now ex) Governor of Tasmania, the collection was donated to Hobart Legacy by Margaret U Brown OAM. Mrs Brown, the widow of John Gellibrand, grandson of Sir John Gelli­brand, expressed her delight at being host­ed by the Governor and on the collection coming to Hobart Legacy.

by Peter Carey16 March
150 Years of Rail History in Tasmania

With close to 1000 visitors of all ages, the public enthusiasm was encouraging when the Tasmanian Transport Museum (TTMS) hosted two special gala days to celebrate 150 years of main­line rail transport in Tasmania at their Glenorchy museum in September.

by Mary-Lou Stephens16 March
The Unpredictable Business of Apples on the Isle

There was a time when apple trucks lined the streets of Hobart, waiting to unload the wooden boxes with their brightly coloured labels at Constitution Dock.

by Peter Carey16 March
Ousing with History: How a Bakery Raised a Family

Ouse (pronounced Ooze, for the newcomers) in Tasmania’s central highlands might, to some, seem a sleepy hamlet, but it still boasts one of two schools in the municipality and a very well serviced health centre.

by Dr Richard Tuffin16 March
New History Unearthed at Port Arthur

“Seventeen men were at work in the blacksmiths’ shop… furnished with all necessary implements. The furnace is capable of casting five tons weight of iron in one piece…Forty-nine men were employed at shoemaking in a shop 80 feet long by 30 feet broad. Shoes are made for the officers, military and men… Twenty-six carpenters were at work in a large shop, making various articles, and house-work for the station.”

by Julian Burgess9 March
Holymans of Bass Strait

A Holyman flagged ship hasn’t steamed up the River Derwent since 1984 but the company’s name still proudly adorns its former offices at 5 Morrison Street, Hobart.

by Sarah Aitken16 March
Hobart Killer Hid in Kunanyi Cave

A simple cave provided the perfect hideout for one of Tasmania’s most brutal bushrangers – and you can easily walk to it from Fern Tree. Sarah Aitken went in search of the story of Rocky Whelan.

by Peter Carey16 March
Catalina Flying Boats in Inland Victoria

If you’re exploring the Mallee region in Northern Victoria, Lake Boga is worthy of a visit. It’s a 9.4 square kilometre fresh water endorheic lake, adjacent to a town of the same name, 325 kilo­metres north west of Melbourne or 142 kilometres from Echuca via the Murray Valley Highway, and a popular recreational locale for all things water sport.

by Zilla Gordon1 April
How Whale Blubber Built Sandstone Salamanca

If you took a stroll through Salamanca at the turn of the 19th century, you would have been greeted with the putrid smell of chunks of whale blubber, rendered down in cast-iron pots called try-pots; a far cry from the modern cocktail scene today.

But it was those gruesome sights that shaped the city – because Hobart was built on a whale’s back. While Hobart’s whaling history may go back to the time of the first European settlement, it was around the 1840s to 1880s that the industry entered what historians say was a golden age. And a warning, gruesome tales ahead.

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Cold Water Wake Up Call
It seems everywhere I turn someone is talking about or participating in cold water swimming right now.
A Short Geelong Getaway
Since the Spirit of Tasmania terminal moved from Melbourne to Geelong late last year, a visit to Geelong has been on the radar.
27 Hobart Friends Get Snipping For One Off Wine
The borders were declared shut in Tasmania on the 30th of March, 2020; the first stare to do so amid the COVID- 19 pandemic and hard lockdown of Hobart followed.
Danphe Nepalese and Indian Food + Peppermint Bay Bar and Bistro
Nepalese food is a comfort in our house. Having spent much time trekking and mountain climbing in Nepal as a younger man, Nepalese food is something I always love to go back to.
That’s DR Hannah Gadsby To You
From Smithton to Netflix and the Emmys stage, Tasmanian stand up comic Hannah Gadsby has forged an unlikely path. Following on from the massive success of her shows Nanette and Douglas, Hannah brings her new show Body of Work to Hobart this month.
PODCAST: Incat founder Robert Clifford on why electric boats are the future
Robert Clifford is the founder of Incat, a Hobart company building fast ferries for the world. Always looking to future opportunities, he has identified where Hobart sits in the next wave of transportation. For more of this interview listen to The Hobart Magazine podcast.
Is Tourism Ready For More Forestry Wars?
Tasmanian forests are special. They’re home to centuries-old trees, including the tallest flowering trees on the planet, and support unique native species. Yet not everyone agrees on how these forests should be managed.
Hobart Chefs: When The Obsession Becomes Real
Tasmania’s brand as a foodie haven is cemented. But within the local hospitality industry there are those who love to use local produce...and those who are next-level obsessed with it. We spoke to a bunch of Hobart chefs who are top of the game when it comes to fostering relationships with local farmers and growers.
Did You Know Australia’s First Female Doctor Was Hobartian?
Tasmania, despite its small size and population in comparison to the mainland, has produced more than its proportionally predicted percentage of significant figures and heroes of Australian history. 
Return Travellers Adding Pressure to Hobart Housing
For all of us 2020 was a year like no other, punctuated by rapid change and plenty of new challenges. For vulnerable people in Tasmania, including people facing homelessness, those on low incomes and those facing increasingly higher rents, it was very challenging. We are seeing a growing demand for homes in Tassie from international travellers returning home, people moving for work and others seeking the lifestyle that our Apple Isle has to offer.
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