York Street: a disreputable neighbourhood

York Street, between Wellington & Brisbane. On the left is the car park for the new city Woolworths supermarket. Down the far end, just before the intersection are a couple of conjoined cottages. On the other side of an intersection is an old corner shop. Empty now but it was recently an antiques/collectables shop and…

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The Streets of Launceston

NAMED SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF HIS HONOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR ARTHUR, WITH THE PRINCIPAL PLACES IN EACH —10th JANUARY, 1825. (from the Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, 26 January 1825. Original text is in italics, with my comments below.) 1. Brisbane Street — running from the Government Cottage to the western extremity of the Town, and…

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Blooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Festival 2019

So this is the Flower & Garden Festival at the Albert Hall. I don’t know why they call them festivals, they’d do better with show or something. Anyway, whatever you want to call it, it has… lots of flowers and displays about native flora ( Pterostylis pedunculata, a native orchid) and fauna (Wedge-tailed eagle). and…

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Inside Prince of Wales Battery, Battery Point, Hobart

By day… Prince of Wales Battery was one of a series of batteries erected on Battery Point about 1840 to protect the almost-city of Hobart Town from enemy ships. It was dismantled about 1880 and the area turned into a park, but the underground magazine remains. Usually it’s locked. But sometimes it’s opened…. At night!…

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Port Arthur Paranormal Investigation Experience

Last month, I did a post on the Post Arthur Ghost Tour, which is your standard ghost tour: a group of people follow the guide to each point, where they stand and listen while the guide tells a story, then onto the next one–stay together–don’t wander off. The Paranormal Investigation Experience is… not like that….

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Port Arthur Ghost Tour October 2018

So back in October, we went to Port Arthur and did the Paranormal Experience and the regular Ghost Tour. These photos are from the Ghost Tour. It’s much like every ghost tour. A group of people follow the guide to each point, where they stand and listen while the guide tells a story, then onto…

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A Visit to the Majestic Theatre

This was the Majestic Theatre, opened 2 June 1917 to show films. The other two theatres constructed at the same time were intended for live theatre, although the National (1915) had both and I think the Princess (1911) ended up being mostly film, and films were also shown at the Academy of Music (later Plaza…

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The Elm Trees of City Park

The best time to go looking for deciduous trees is, of course, in winter when they have no leaves and all look the same. So maybe not but it IS the best time to take photos of their lovely branch shapes. To identify the trees, I have two maps from the Launceston City Park Conservation…

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A Visit to the Gardens

Some photos from the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, on the Queens Domain in Hobart. I used to like going here in winter because less visitors but all the interesting stuff is still there. I’ll show you some of the interesting stuff below but I only got to part of it. The photo above is a…

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