Day 76 Hobart Tasmania Australia March 19, 2019

We arrived in Hobart early on March 19th


Obviously, wood is a major export.  We learned this is all going to Asia.



We jumped on the included tour with our guide Erika.




We drove through some upscale neighborhoods where they work to keep the exteriors classic even if the interiors are upgraded.





They are proud of the laws that maintain the old looks.





Certainly, many beautiful homes are being maintained.


Nice view of the harbor from these homes.




Anglican Church under restoration.




First stop is the oldest brewery in Australia.  Cascade Brewery was established in 1824.



It is a great looking brewery with well-maintained grounds



and still very much in operation.





House by the brewery.



Watering Hole that dates to the whaling days.





Next stop – Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.



Some big old trees.





Nice flowers.








And beautify lily ponds.







Their floral clock.




They are celebrating their 200th Anniversary of these gardens.




French Section.







Japanese section.








Nice succulents.



Nice conservatory





and plants (Aechmea Fasciata).




Next stop is Rosny Point Lookout on the Eastern Shore.




You cross this bridge to get there.  The spans are a bit unequal.  The bridge was hit by the freighter Lake Illawarra in 1975 dropping two spans and killing 12 people.


This model shows how the ship still lies under water at the base of the bridge.  They have installed monitors and the Navy dives on it yearly to make sure it is not moving.

Leaving the ship after lunch and entering into town we pass these statues.  After the US gained independence in 1776, the British looked for places other than the colonies to dump their undesirables and Tasmania (called Van Diemen’s Land back then) became a penal colony.  Between 1803 and 1853 they sent 13,000 women to Tasmania as prisoners.  These statues highlight the English cruelty to the women prisoners.  Some of the crimes were stealing thread = 7-year sentence, stealing corn = 7-year sentence, etc.   Some of the women arrived with young children or babies.  At age 2 they would take babies from their mothers and place them in orphanages.  If the mother was not released before the child reached 12 then the child was placed into service (nice name for slavery). 


There were some nice statues at the water front.










A variety of boats at the downtown marina.






There were also a number of fishing boats that would sell part of their catch




to these restaurants,





who in turn would fix you a very fresh seafood meal.  (tide was out)



Our 3rd big stop was at the Maritime Museum.




They had an extensive scrimshaw display




that was impressive.





July 10, 1995 the MV Iron Baron hit the Hebe Reef at the mouth of the Tamar River.  Estimated 325 tonnes of heavy bunker fuel oil was released before the ship could be disposed of properly.  The penguins were dying from oil ingestion when preening themselves.  They knit these sweaters so the penguins would have to stop preening until they could get them cleaned up.



A ton of nifty models.  This is the barque Lady Franklin



and the 671 ton iron barque James Craig  – too bad they got the name backwards.




I like the way this guy talked 😉



The Maritime Museum obligatory lighthouse Fresnel lens.




Gramma driving




the Silver Crown.




Nice knots.




Back in the day, this guy Henry Jones made jams.  The IXL means “I Excel” but probably not at modesty.

The peak for this company was in the mid 1920’s and at that time they had 1,100 employees and could fill 30,000 tins of jam in one eight-hour shift.   Henry Jones started each day at the jam factory with prayer. Perhaps he did excel.  

That sure seemed like a lot packed into one day.  These islanders are certainly interesting and industrious.

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