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by Hobart Magazine23 April
Things To Do in Hobart this March
by Zilla Gordon9 March
‘You Have to See the Vision’: Heritage Renos Are On The Rise

What you need to know before you DIY.

by John Stephenson9 March
Forgotten Tasmania: Preserving History Through the Lens

We have a rich history in Tasmania. From the 1840s, photographers started documenting Van Diemen’s Land.

by Annia Baron9 March
The Yin and the Yang

Can an optimist and a pessimist live in harmony? It’s a typical day on the therapeutic couch and my client Jake begins.

by Zilla Gordon9 March
The Pyramid that Controls Tassie’s Weather

We all know Tassie is cold – but could the end be in sight for our mild summers?

by Zilla Gordon10 February
Hobart Homes: Signalman’s Quarters

Take a look inside this family home that was once part of networks of buildings used to communicate with ships more than 150 years ago.

by Agnes Frith10 February
New Dementia Cafe Opens in Glenorchy

Agnes Frith opened the Golden Wattle Cafe to give people with dementia and their caregivers a safe and non-judgemental space where they can socialise and interact with each other and members of the community in a relaxed environment. Here she shares her story.

by Bonnie Mary Liston23 April
Matthew Brady: The Gentleman Thief

Before Ned Kelly cut a blazing trail through Australia’s collective imaginations, Tasmania had its own dashing bushranger who captured the hearts, and inevitably, material possessions of its populace.

by Zilla Gordon10 February
Life’s a Ball: How Tassie Pioneered LGBTQI+ Rights

‘We’re reclaiming a space that was full of hatred, a place of oppression’:how drag queen bingo is delighting Hobart audiences.

by Zilla Gordon9 February
What’s in Your Bin: How to Cut Down Your Household Waste

What would you buy from a tip shop? While Hobart is working hard to reduce its waste, we can still do more to cut down.

by Bonnie Mary Liston9 February
A Minute with The Slag Queens

The Slag Queens were once described as the Worst Band in Launceston’ but now having won the 2020 National Live Music Award ‘Tasmanian Live Act of the Year’ and performing at MONA FOMA for the fourth year in a row, they’re feeling pretty good.

by Annia Baron10 February
How to Navigate a Career Change During a Pandemic (or any other time)

“So, what do you do with yourself?” Ah, the standard nice-to- meet-you-question that highlights how so many of us have our identity wrapped up in what we do for work, where we do it, and who we do it with. But how can we not?

by Stephanie Williams8 February
Listen Up! Our New Podcast Launches

This January marked eight years since Mitch McPherson lost his little brother, Ty, to suicide. Through his grief, he started SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY with one very small but very significant action, a bumper sticker.

by Hobart Magazine23 April
What’s On In February
by Stephanie Williams1 December
Hobart Homes: Casa Acton

What do you get when you combine an architect, a bush block and a budget of $275,000? Casa Acton is a moveable 53sqm bush dwelling in Tasmania designed and built by Josh FitzGerald (a founding director of Archier) along with his partner Millie Ashton.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 December
Itching For Some Twitching

Birds like Tasmania. Firstly it’s an island, which birds like in general because they can flaunt their ability to come and go as they please to those dumb landlocked mammals. Secondly we’ve got a lush, sexy, biosphere with grassy moorlands, coastal heaths, temperate rainforests and eucalyptus bush, all in one conveniently compact package.

by Zilla Gordon1 December
Put Your Best Foot Forward: How to Hike

It isn’t always as easy as it looks on the ‘gram. Here’s your guide to hiking Tasmania’s photogenic tracks.

by Zilla Gordon1 December
The Tragic First And Last Go-As-You-Please Race

Mark Richards and George Radford took their mark for a race in Hobart, but they didn’t know they’d never make it to the finish line.

by Zilla Gordon1 December
Distillers Diversify to Conquer Covid

The green fairy has left bohemian Paris and come to Hobart.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 December
Two Hands On Deck For Sydney To Hobart

With over 100 boats registered to compete, the 2020 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is set to be one of the biggest events held anywhere in Australia in the post-lockdown era.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 April
Why History May Not Be Kind To William Crowther

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. 

by Annia Baron8 December
No Mud No Lotus

For an iconic flower, such as the Tasmanian Waratah, to bloom into its fullest potential, it must first go through a period of severe discomfort. To germinate, the seed must break through its hard exterior, spend time in the cold, wet dirt, and navigate through darkness before it can feel the warmth of the sun. Only then, does this special native brighten our wild landscape. Only then, we are gifted with its captivating beauty.

by Zilla Gordon8 December
Did You Know Police Uniforms Are Hand Stitched In Hobart’s CBD?

These women have been suiting up Tasmania’s front-line workers for more than 30 years. 

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 April
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. 

by Stephanie Williams11 November
Hobart Homes: Lower Jordan Hill Road, West Hobart

A traditional Federation villa on Lower Jordan Road in West Hobart has had a beautiful facelift, conceived by Hobart-based architecture firm Taylor and Hinds.

by Bonnie Mary Liston11 November
Tasmania’s Next Top Predators

With Summer on the way, it’s time to plan your next adventure in the great outdoors. It pays to remember that while nature may be healing to the soul, it is capable of being dangerous to the body. To totally freak you out, let’s have a good look at five of the most dangerous predators you may encounter in Tasmania this summer.

by Benedict Freudenmann1 March
How To Safely Exercise Your Gut

Although stretching your gut to make room for that last slice of pizza could technically be construed as an exercise, it’s unfortunately not what I’m here to talk about today. I’m talking about the impact of physical exercise on your gut health.

by Bonnie Mary Liston11 November
Boom Time For E-Bikes in Hobart

Australia has seen a bicycle boom during COVID-19 with many stores struggling to keep up with the increased demand. People have turned, in huge numbers, to the humble bicycle as a source of socially distanced exercise and as a primary mode of transport now that public transport is a bit too public for many people’s taste.

by Bonnie Mary Liston1 July
John Franklin – Hero or Hard-Doer?

John Franklin was the Lieutenant Governor of Tasmania from 1837 to 1843. Many things around Tasmania are named after him, or his impressive wife, Lady Jane Franklin. In Franklin Square he is depicted in statue, towering over the park on a plinth inscribed with his epitaph, composed by Lord Alfred Tennyson;

by Annia Baron1 November
Let’s Talk About Sex…

Finding yourself fantasising about your colleague even though you can’t stand them most of the time? Faked your orgasm and feel terrible about lying when your partner asked about it? What about your new lover informing you they’ve contracted genital herpes?

by Stephanie Williams11 August
Why Do City Lights And Stars Twinkle?

Bums on aeroplane seats is one thing, but attracting a legion of people who will enhance life on the island will ensure long term prosperity.

by Stephanie Williams11 August
Is Interstate Migration The Key To Tassie’s Covid-19 Recovery?

Bums on aeroplane seats is one thing, but attracting a legion of people who will enhance life on the island will ensure long term prosperity.

by Stephanie Williams11 August
Why are people throwing their bras at Sue Hickey this winter?

Hobart would have to be one of the toughest places to be homeless in winter. While there are some organisations like Bethlehem House and the Hobart City Mission who are doing great work, there are still too many people slipping through the net.

by Stephanie Williams17 July
Take a Virtual Trip to Ye Olde Hobart

We’re surrounded by history in Hobart and now you can take a virtual trip through time to plant yourself in the 1820s. The brains behind the app is John Stephenson of Digital Heritage Studio.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Make Mum’s Day Amazing

It’s almost unbelievable that Mum technically only gets one day a year where their superhuman efforts are celebrated. So on that day, it’s your job as a husband, wife, partner, child or loved one, to put that Mum in your life on the pedestal she deserves. Here’s our wrap up of some of the best ways you can show your love on Sunday 13 May.

by Cable Guy1 May
A Day In The Life Of A Mount Wellington Cable Car Driver

4:30am: Wake up, check the weather (bluebird day!) and drive up the mountain to the staff room to clock on – with no room left at the Cascade Depot area, the most logical place for a staff room was up top. Unfortunately, get stuck in the sunrise traffic driving up the mountain, bloody photographers and all their equipment.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Paint The Town Red: Get On Board Dark Mofo

Kate McCarthy is the Marketing Manager at Destination Southern Tasmania, the people who represent Tasmania’s southern region, stretching across the municipalities of Hobart, Glenorchy, Clarence, Brighton, Sorell, Kingborough, Huon Valley, Derwent Valley, Tasman, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands.

by Phil Exton1 May
As Close As It Gets: MTB Around Hobart

My business, Tasmanian Mountain Bike Adventures is family owned and operated. Having been a keen rider for much of my life, I was curious as to whether my skills as a teacher and Principal would hold me in good stead in the world as an entrepreneur. Two years on and we’ve now completed our first year operating our business.

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 May
The Region: Exploring Sexual Boundaries Safely

It’s another typical evening after work, sitting on the couch together recovering from an exhausting day, Jeanette on her phone, Darren watching something fluffy on the box. Jeanette suddenly blurts out, “This is really hard to say, but I think I’d like to try digital stimulation in the you know where region”.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Green Thumbs At Hobart City Farm

Hobart City Farm was founded by a collective in 2014 – James Da Costa, Bridget Stewart, Louise Sales, Sam Beattie and Hannah Maloney. It’s a not-for-profit organisation, run like a social enterprise, focused on running a vibrant, financially viable and environmentally regenerative small farm growing a diverse range of food. It also builds community and provides meaningful employment.

by History Paige1 May
Think Mary Was Our First Princess? Think Again.

We all know that Princess Mary is Hobart’s own princess, but many might not be aware that there was a Tasmanian princess long before Mary hit the headlines. The youngest of ten children, Pauline Curran was born in 1893 in Hobart and educated at St Michael’s Collegiate. The founder of the Tattersall’s lottery, George Adams, was a close family friend and when he died in 1905, he left the family a chunk of money.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Trash Or Treasure: The Resource Coop Tip Shop Will Sort It Out

Molly Kendall is the Coordinator at the Resource Work Cooperative, who run the South Hobart Tip Shop. We spoke to her about how the shop works and why they’re seeing an influx in both waste and interest.

by Stephanie Williams1 July
Best Hobart Parks

It’s a given that most people know a park or two in their local area, and might have a favourite they travel to to mix it up, but if your park game is feeling stale, check out our wrap up of some of the best parks in Hobart.

by Barend Bender1 July
Australian Antarctic Festival

From 2-5 August, the Australian Antarctic Festival hits Princes Wharf, Castray Esplanade to celebrate all things Antarctic, from the ships and logistics of getting scientists there, to talking through fascinating insights into life on the frozen continent. You can book to take a tour of the Aurora Australis and RF Investigator ships at the wharf, or head out to the airport to inspect the RAAF Globemaster C-17A aircraft.

by Winsor Dobbin1 July
Tasmanians Named In 2018 Young Gun Of Wine Awards

Two Hobart region wine producers attracted national attention when they won awards recently at the 2018 Young Gun of Wine (YGOW) awards, described as “one of the world’s most rigorous talent searches for young winemakers and new labels.”

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 July
The Initiation- How To Open The Line Of Sexual Communication

Driving to the supermarket, through the usual dinner time torment, Darren pipes up, “You know the other night when I placed my hand on your shoulder in bed I was feeling like you know…”

by Stephanie Williams1 July
24 Carrot Gardens Project

Kirsha Kaechele is an American artist and curator living in Hobart, and the driving force behind 24 Carrot Gardens. She moved here to live with David Walsh, of Mona and started the program to teach kids the value of understanding where food comes from.

by History Paige1 July
The Origins Of Salamanca- Then And Now

Before Salamanca became Hobart’s hotspot for a good meal, diverse artwork and bustling markets, it was a hub of a much different kind. Known as New Wharf throughout the 1800’s, Salamanca was one of the largest whaling ports in the world and has been evolving ever since.

by Genevieve Morton1 November
Tasty Street Scene

When TacoTaco first appeared in Hobart in 2012, the line-up for casual Mexican fare was long and the need for a street food scene was clear.

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 November
The Celebration- Twas The Fight Before Christmas

Where has the year gone?!” A familiar comment that is made just before the ‘silly season’ commences. Like a meeting at the UN the tension is palpable as relatives from far and wide come together. Some may have grudges buried deep within for decades, released in no time by a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Unfortunately, police and support services have to respond to a spike in family violence over the Christmas and New Year period.

by Genevieve Morton1 November
Healthy Food Swaps

Skipping the gym, staying up late and making unhealthy food choices? As the festive season approaches we often let our healthy routines slide, thinking we’ll get back on track in the New Year. But these five simple food and drink swaps will help you to stay well over the Christmas break – and into next year. Where to start? With breakfast.

by Stephanie Williams1 January
Andrew Inglis Clark- From Intellectual To Champion Of Votes

After all this talk of voting in local elections, as well as by elections on the big island, did you know that one of Hobart’s own created the system that we use to vote in Tasmanian elections, way back in 1896? And now, the electoral area known as ‘Denison’ is set to change to ‘Clark’ for the next Federal election to honour Andrew Inglis Clark (1848-1907), one of the architects of the voting system we use in Tasmania.

by Qamar Schuyler1 January
Plastic Matters, With Dr. Q

Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Gyre, aka the Great Pacific garbage patch? These days, chances are you have. You may have also watched YouTube videos of turtles with plastic straws up their noses, or albatross carcasses laden with plastic.

by Genevieve Morton1 January
Digital Detox – 4 Steps To Switching Off

We are all guilty of over-indulging our screen time. The average person reportedly checks their mobile phone 150 times a day and 68% sleep with their devices next to their beds.

by Genevieve Morton1 January
The Hobart Zoo

The Hobart Zoo was started by a passionate socialite described as a “human dynamo” and was famously home to the last living thylacine.

by Qamar Schuyler1 March
What’s Up Down Deep

When you think about Antarctica, what things come to mind? Probably penguins and icebergs, perhaps even international collaboration and research stations, but I’m guessing corals wouldn’t even make the long list, let alone the short one.

by Genevieve Morton1 March
Richmond Bridge

When visitors stop to gaze at picturesque Richmond Bridge they might not imagine a history of whippings and murder.

by Genevieve Morton1 March
How To Boost Your Vitamin D

As the days get shorter and darker, Tasmanians are being urged to top up their Vitamin D with sunlight – and supplements.

by Qamar Schuyler 1 May
Twice As Big … Twice As Much Damage?

The fires that swept through remote (and not-so-remote) areas of the Tasmanian bush earlier this year were estimated to have burned close to 200,000 hectares, about twice as much area as was burned in the last major fires, in 2016.

by Darren and Jeanette Radley1 May
The Change

Climate change are two words very familiar in our conversations and language now. Once occasional sound bites in the media decades ago, the 21st century has seen an ever increasing awareness and public opinion focused on the subject.

by Genevieve Morton1 May
Overwhelm – Work Life Overload

It’s time to slash your ‘to do’ list and switch off your screens. The state of ‘overwhelm’ is increasingly highlighted by wellness practitioners as the inability to think clearly and emotionally manage all the tasks we’ve set for ourselves.

by Stephanie Williams1 May
Murray Street

Murray Street was named after Captain John Murray, commandant of Hobart Town from 1810 until 1812.

by Qamar Schuyler1 July
Giant Forests In The Sea

Tall stalks tower above you, rising over 30 metres from the ground. Light filters through the canopy, softly illuminating a diverse and complex understory. The leaves sway gently, providing cover for a huge variety of species. You sense movement from the corner of your eye, and suddenly come face to face with a giant cuttlefish!

by Darren & Jeanette Radley1 July
The Talk

“You always think you’re right and I always end up being the loser in these arguments!” “If you hadn’t spent all that money then we wouldn’t be in this mess right now!”

by Dr Qamar Schuyler1 September
Plastic, Plastic, Everywhere And Not A Bite To Eat

The tiny chick gives a violent heave and a stream of water, bile, and surprisingly large chunks of plastic comes spewing out of its gaping beak. I feel a twinge of revulsion mixed with deep concern…not too dissimilar from what I felt nursing my own child through bouts of gastro.

by Genevieve Morton1 September
Things That Go Bump In The Flight- Overcome The Fear Of Flying

Does a fear of flying stop you from venturing off the island? Many Tasmanians battle with flight phobia – overwhelming anxiety experienced on take-off, during turbulence or simply at the thought of being up in the air.

by Genevieve Morton1 September
The Mountain

Kunanyi / Mt Wellington or simply ‘the mountain’ to us locals, Hobart’s most significant landmark was formed during the Permian, Triassic and Jurassic ages.

by Qamar Schuyler1 February
Carbon Pricing, Part II

You might remember last month, in response to all the talk of Harry and Meghan borrowing Elton John’s private jet a few too many times, we unpacked the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) established in Australia as a successor to the controversial carbon tax.

by Genevieve Morton1 February
You Had Buckley’s Chance When The Circus Came To Town

Ever heard the expression ‘Buckley’s chance’? One theory is that it refers to escapee convict William Buckley who came to live with an indigenous community near Port Phillip in Victoria from 1803 to 1835.

by Qamar Schuyler 1 February
What Is Hydrogen Power?

Fires, climate change, water shortages, wildlife apocalypse…I don’t know about you, but from where I sit, things are feeling pretty bleak right now.

by Annia Baron1 April
Lose Control. It’s Good For You.

There’s an outdated equation running through your head that’s stopping you from living your best life: The more in control I am = the happier I’ll be.

by Genevieve Morton1 February
The Wapping That Was

Early Hobart’s Wapping district was known for grisly murders, prostitution and poverty. It was also the economic centre of town in the first years of settlement and home to Australia’s oldest working theatre, the Theatre Royal.

by Annia Baron1 March
Walk Away From The Crap That Doesn’t Serve You

Think of the most compassionate person you know. Bring to your mind their kindness, generosity, and caring nature. Picture their gentle, smiling face, willing to offer a helping hand at the drop of a hat.

by Stephanie Williams1 April
Cascades Female Factory Reopens

On a site where only the outside walls remain, how do you help visitors contextualise what happened inside those walls? At the Cascades Female Factory site in South Hobart, actor Karissa Lane, together with director Craig Lane-Irons and writer Finegan Kruckemeyer have created The Proud & The Punished, a 45-minute monologue to share the horrifying, heart-warming and sad stories of the women and babies, who went through the site from 1828 until 1856. At any given time there were between 700 and 1200 prisoners.

by Peter Carey1 March
Day Of Impact 1967

Devastating bushfires on mainland Australia strikes vivid memories to those of us who lived through the 1967 bushfires in Southern Tasmania when 62 lives and 1293 homes were lost.

by Annia Baron1 April
Is Self-Sabotage Holding You Back?

Staying up late knowing you’ve got an early start. Picking a petty argument with your partner. Having that third slice of pizza when you’re aiming to lose weight or deciding that watching YouTube tutorials on how to build an elevated garden bed is suddenly more important than finishing off tomorrow’s presentation.

by Dr Qamar Schuyler1 April
How predators balance ecosystems

My 5-year-old son Maxwell recently declared that his favourite animals are “the dangerous ones, because apex predators help keep the ecosystem healthy.” While his definition lacks nuance, fundamentally he is correct.

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Escape To The Country
Pet the animals, walk in the wilderness, pick your own berries and enjoy colonial accommodation... Farmstays and day tours are popping up across the state, providing a fun weekend away for visitors and Hobartians keen to get their gumboots dirty. Here are four farms to visit this Spring.
Exploring The World’s Widest Canyon – Capertee Valley
The Blue Mountains and surrounding areas suffered greatly during recent bushfires but slowly the National Parks in New South Wales are reopening, with some ready to welcome visitors back.
Talk Sexy To Me …
If I asked you to think of a food item that makes you sexy, healthy, attractive, youthful and energetic I can almost guarantee that you didn’t think of gelatin.
Madame Saisons: Corona Cuisine – Surviving Lockdown
The vacant stare in front of the open fridge or cupboard has afflicted us all on occasion. No matter how much food we have in store, there seems like nothing to eat. When you’re hungry and lacking cooking inspo, the ‘hangries’ can easily take hold.
Hannah Moloney
Meet the Tasmanian designing a better life for us all. Hannah Moloney of Good Life Permaculture is a leading landscape designer and educator in South Hobart (you may have noticed her bright pink and green house up on the hill). She’s spent 15 years designing and managing projects around urban agriculture, small-scale farming and community development. She believes in ‘radical hope’ and facing the climate crisis in a proactive and positive way.
Australia’s Online Beauty Queen – Kate Morris
Kate Morris had an idea to sell cosmetics online at a time when it wasn’t done. She borrowed $12,000 from her boyfriend’s parents and set up an online store, Adore Beauty in the garage. Twenty years later, the business is thriving, enjoying annual revenue around $100m. Kate recently sold a chunk of the business to private equity investors, Quadrant.
What’s With The Weather?
Even though Tasmania is known for its mild summers, it doesn’t take much to get sunburnt. Tasmania experiences extreme ultraviolet (UV) levels, but contrary to popular belief this isn’t due to the hole in the ozone layer, which is actually south of the continent.While higher UV levels often occur at the same time as higher temperatures, the two are not linked. Instead, UV levels are determined by the angle of the sun in the sky: the higher the sun, the higher the UV. In December and January, the position of the sun over Tasmania gives the state a UV index of 11 or more on most days, which is classified as “extreme” on the UV index. Tasmania’s lack of humidity and generally clear skies contribute to the stinging feeling of the sun. UV can reflect off buildings and water, making it possible to get a higher dose of UV from these reflected rays, even in the shade.
Transport Trackers – Your New Timewaster
It was almost 2am and US singer Halsey had just finished her set and was being whisked off stage at Falls Festival and into her waiting Tesla.
Cascades Female Factory Reopens
On a site where only the outside walls remain, how do you help visitors contextualise what happened inside those walls? At the Cascades Female Factory site in South Hobart, actor Karissa Lane, together with director Craig Lane-Irons and writer Finegan Kruckemeyer have created The Proud & The Punished, a 45-minute monologue to share the horrifying, heart-warming and sad stories of the women and babies, who went through the site from 1828 until 1856. At any given time there were between 700 and 1200 prisoners.
Day Of Impact 1967
Devastating bushfires on mainland Australia strikes vivid memories to those of us who lived through the 1967 bushfires in Southern Tasmania when 62 lives and 1293 homes were lost.
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Thank you to Luke Brokensha for mobilising his friends and local residents recently to host two rubbish clean ups along the Hobart Rivulet after heavy rains.
The warm weather returns...hello summer.
Need a laugh? Check out @theinspiredunemployed feed on Instagram.
Moto Vecchia Cafe in Bellerive and Czegs Cafe in Richmond have joined the Clarence City Council dementia program, creating dementia-friendly spaces for all patrons.
It’s hard to believe it’s not standard practice to have a working phone in every aged care room - shared phones make private conversations impossible and increase the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Tacks on the tracks. Mountain bikers beware of tacks being left on certain tracks on the mountain.
Just when you think your cousins are alright. NZ Opposition Leader Judith Collins took aim at Tassie during her recent (unsuccessful) campaign, calling us Australia’s “poor cousin.” She also seems worried about us nabbing tech businesses, “It’s a lovely part of the world but do you necessarily want to go there with your high- tech business? Possibly not,” she said. We beg to differ!