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Night Shots - Melbourne

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Sometimes, some of the best images are when you look at something differently.
Rialto Towers is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers. It has 58 floors above street level and 8 below. From street level up it measures 253m (830ft). The structure was built in 1986 by Australian developer Bruno Grollo, who was also responsible for the Eureka Tower. The former observation deck, on the 55th floor, is now the setting for the Vue de Monde restaurant, one of the city’s most spectacular places to dine, with panoramic views over Melbourne. The lift travels from the ground floor to the 55th floor in 38 seconds and is one of the fastest in the world.
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Exploring the city by night, gives a completely different perspective.
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Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) celebrates images on multimedia and film. Across four floors of the Alfred Deakin Building, the ACMA has two multi-format cinemas and the world’s largest screen gallery.
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Federation Square
One of Melbourne’s newest public spaces, Federation square opened in October 2002 to commemorate the centenary of the federation of the Australian. The square hosts up to 2,000 events each year. It’s architectural highlight is the geometric design of the Atrium building, a covered public space that is a hotspot for exhibitions, festivals, book markets, wine showcases and public art installations.
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Flinders Café
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Flinders Railway Station
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Trains coming into Flinders
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and looking across to the CBD
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Parliament House
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St Paul's Cathedral
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Swan Street Bridge
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Yarra River
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with a wakeboarder
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Fireworks are always a winner!
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especially when there's someone wakeboarding by moonlight...
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Arriving in Melbourne

overcast 22 °C

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Our first day in Melbourne was a long one! The first view of Melbourne appeared as the sun came up
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The overnight ferry arrived at 6am,
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and we set off to see what we could see. Finding the backpackers, we left our stuff and went for a walk down Chapel Road. This oversized artwork is on the wall of the hostel
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The first sight that struck us, was this interesting house, with a deep balcony and intricate ironwork...
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After a rest back and the backpackers, we were chatting to a fellow 'guest' who was off for a run around Albert Park, so we thought we'd wander down and have a look.
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Only 3km from the heart of the city, Albert Park is popular for a range of activities like dog walking, jogging, cycling, sailing and rowing.
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Apart from the lake itself, other attractions include sporting facilities, ovals, playgrounds, restaurants and a 5km walking and running track.
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Having seen plenty of black swans in Tasmania, it was great to get this close to one
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There's plenty of birds on the lake
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They were setting up for the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the F1 season. So the normal road was gradually becoming a racetrack.
You can see from this aerial shot, how the track runs
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Do you recognise this corner?
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or maybe this bridge?
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Platypus House

semi-overcast 18 °C

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Next to Seahorse World is Platypus House, where you can learn all about these illusive animals, and watch them swim around in their tanks.
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Unfortunately, they swim far too quickly for me to take photos, without scaring them with a flash, so some of these images below have been 'acquired' from somewhere else!

The only two monotremes left in the world are the Platypus and the Echidna. The name Echidna is from the Greek goddess Ekhidna who was half reptile and half mammal. The plural of Platypus is Platypuses and comes from the Greek platy=flat and pus=foot. Monotremes are mammals that lay eggs and the males have spurs near the ankle, which in a platypus contains a poison gland.

Platypus
Australia’s only aquatic mammal, apart from the water rat. They are found in eastern Australia and all of Tasmania. They live in banks of streams and lakes and feed mostly in the water. Burrow temperatures remain close to 18 degrees throughout the year. They have two layers of fur, a fine insulating layer and a longer top layer that helps keep air bubbles in place to aid insulation.
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The males have a spur on their ankle which contains venom. It is enough to kill a cat or dog but is not lethal to humans, which is good, as their is no anti-venom. They are the only mammal in the world to make venom.
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Platypus catch most of their food on the lake or river bottom, sieving through the mud, sand and gravel. Small food items are stored in cheek pouches where they are brought to the surface to be chewed.
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Echidna
The short beaked echidna is found throughout most of Australia. The back of the echidna is covered in spines and coarse hair. In Tasmania hair sometimes obscures the spines. When threatened echidna will dig downwards often completely covering itself in 60 seconds. On the mainland, echidna sleep during the day in rocky crevices or under logs but in Tasmania they sleep at night.
The Echidna were busy being fed and waddling around, so here's some photos I took outside the cottage
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Eastern Quoll
Among other interesting facts, was this example of a Quoll.
We had been lucky enough to see one in the wild, but only briefly, so it was nice to be able to have a good look:
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The eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), also known as the eastern native cat, is a medium-sized carnivorous dasyurid marsupial native to Australia. They are now considered extinct on the mainland, but remain widespread and even locally common in Tasmania. It is one of six extant species of quolls.

Glow Worms
The evening of the quoll sighting at Mt Field, we had gone to admire the Glow Worms in the woods. They are a genus of five fungus gnat species which have a luminescent larval stage, akin to the larval stage of glowworm beetles. The species of Arachnocampa are endemic to New Zealand and Australia, dwelling in caves and grottos, or sheltered places in forests.
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The larva glows to attract prey into its threads, perhaps luring them into believing they are outdoors, for the roof of a cave covered with larva can look remarkably like a blue starry sky at night. A hungry larva glows brighter than one which has just eaten.

Possums
Heading back to the car that evening we met a few possums! We'd seen a LOT of possums in Tasmania, and unfortunately they are considered a pest as they eat the fruit, roses, shrubs etc. So it was nice to see some live ones!
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Moving on from Platypus World, we headed to Devonport, and on the way, couldn't resit a detour following a sign that said Batman Bridge!
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Not what we were expecting, but an impressive bridge.
And so onwards, to the Spirit of Tasmania ferry, ready for an 11hr crossing to Melbourne and the mainland of Australia.
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It was sad to see Tas disappear into the distance. We have a lot of fond memories of some amazing places visited.
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Here's to the next chapter...

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Seahorse World

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Our last outing in Tasmania was on the way to catch the ferry to Melbourne. We stopped of at 'Beauty Point' (although today was too windy to admire any beauty) at Seahorse World and Platypus House. I love sea horses, so it was great to see so many of them up close, and you'll see lots of photos below. Perhaps they'll be my next pet...!!
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Pot-bellied Seahorse
The big-belly seahorse or pot-bellied seahorse, Hippocampus abdominalis, is one of the largest seahorse species in the world with a length of up to 35 cm, and is the largest in Australia.

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The Slender Seahorse
Grows to 15cm and lives at least 50m deep, usually clinging on to slender sponges or sea fans.
Often spotted with a brown colour, with numerous small white dots on its body. The slender seahorse are pair bonded in the wild. On average, the male will give birth to between 50-400 perfect miniature replicas of the parents. There have been reports of births up to 1,572!
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Leafy Seadragons
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Weedy Seadragon
Grows to 45cm in length. Generally coloured orange-red with iridescent blue/purple stripes along their chest with many white spots and yellow markings.

Sea Horse world breeds seahorses for sale all over the world, so although the beginning of the tour showed a selection of breeds in display tanks, the tour continued to the breeding area, which was incredible - so many seahorses!! The breeding tanks were mostly potbellied.
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Giant Cuttlefish
The largest species in the world and the most common in Australian waters, grows to 1m. Using cells known as chromatophores they can change colour instantaneously. They can also raise parts of this skin to change shape and texture to mimic rock, sand or seaweed. All cuttlefish have white coloured cuttlebone inside their body used to control buoyancy. Teeth marks from dolphins, seals and sharks can often be seen in the cuttlebones washed up on beaches.

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Orange Cowfish
Grow up to 15cm. Live in shallow coastal seagrass and reefs 1m to 60m deep. The makle ornate cowfish differs from the closely related Shaw’s cowfish by having a prominent ump in front of the eye, a regular arrangement of blue/black spots on the sides of their body and their tail is coloured brilliant orange with blue lines.

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Port Jackson shark
Grows to 1.65m. Eats sea urchins, muscles, crustaceans and fishes. Their teethe are shaped so as to hold and break, then crush and grind up mollusc shells. The eggs are coloured brown and shaped like a spiral. Once laid, the female will take the eggs in her mouth and wedge it into a rock or crevice serving as camouflage and to avoid it washing away.
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They also had a collection of other weird and wonderful sea creatures including this fish:
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A box fish
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A red shrimp
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Giant Crabs
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and a handling pool which included this long-legged crab
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and these hermit crabs that weren't keen on leaving the water..
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The Tench - Hobart

semi-overcast 19 °C

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Penitentiary Chapel – Old Hobart Gaol
One of Australia's most significant convict precincts is in the centre of Hobart city.

Tasmania was a penal colony for the first half of the nineteenth century and Hobart Town was a dumping ground for convicts. By 1830 there were over 10,000 convicts in Tasmania and accommodation all around the colony was primitive and overcrowded.
On their arrival to the colony prisoners were held at the penitentiary which formed part of the chapel and gaol complex. It was known as The Tench. The convicts either toiled on the tread wheel grinding wheat for the bakery, worked on road and building projects or broke rocks at nearby quarries. The construction of the chapel was carried out by convicts.

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In the image above you can see the chapel, with the penitentiary stretching out to the left of it.
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The Tench as it was known by its inhabitants was the convict prisoners' barracks for Hobart Town. The Barracks were built in 1820 to accommodate 300 convicts. They were extended a few years later to hold 640 convicts and in 1857 the Whole complex became the Hobart Gaol.
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It originally spanned over two acres and some 5,000 male convicts passed through the complex.
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Below you can see the camera used to take the prisoner mug shots
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Left over artefacts displayed in cases give an insight into prisoner life. A prisoner serving time for murder made this noose form toilet paper:
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'H' Division prisoners often broke the glass of their cell light bulbs, attaching scrap wire to the filament leads. They then 'experimented' with a variety of wire coils as heating elements to try to heat the water in their cell mugs.
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Books could be used to smuggle items
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Following the cessation of convict transportation the site became Hobart Gaol for more than 100 years
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This rotating security spike was used on top of the gate to prevent escapes
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This Marking Machine was used to ink stamp prisoner clothing with their gaol number
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Duties whilst in prison included the Treadmill
It was operated by convicts who would grasp a railing with their hands and step on the wheel as if climbing the stairs.
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The mechanism, consisted of five identical 2.5m diameter wheels coupled in line. 25 convicts continually climbed up the steps of the wheel which took approximately 2 minutes to complete one revolution. After three rotations the bell rang – the 25 men quickly stepped off and were replaced by another 25 men. It had two functions. One was to provide hard labour for the convicts and the other to grind wheat for the barracks’ bakery. Prisoners could be sentenced to a week or more working on the wheel. Superintendant James Boyd regarded prisoners talking on the tread wheel as improper and proposed that partitioning be installed to prevent what he described as ‘demoralising conversations’. He stated “men sent to this punishment have not regarded its severity with any degree of dread”. The wheel was in use from 1825 to 1855.
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The Clock Tower
By mid 1833 the construction of the Penitentiary Chapel neared completion but it was decided to upgrade the small public entrance to a tower complete with belfry, dome and clock. On the inside a large staircase ran around the walls to a doorway cut high in the chapel wall. It was through here that the public entered the chapel for services, thus avoiding the convict sections of the chapel. In 1834 the dual faced clock was installed, made in London and one of six brought to the colony. Today the tower is admired as one of the few examples of Georgian ecclesiastical architecture still standing in Australia.
From the outside, you can see features such as this 'blind window' built for effect and decoration and never intended for use as a window.
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Parts of these walls contain some of the highest number or 'convict bricks' used in a building - as shown by the arrow marking to show they are government owned bricks
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In 1860 after these Supreme Courts opened 94% of those on trial had been transported as convicts. By 1870 the numbers had dropped to 74% and by 1890 to less than 2%.
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Court Room One was originally designed solely for use by the free people. It had a sloping floor and an entrance that was via a spiral staircase in the tower. A curtain was installed to shield the public from the prisoners. However, there were continual complaints about noise from the prisoners confined in the solitary cells below the chapel floor. It was converted in a Criminal Court in 1859.
Court Room 2 was originally built as one of three wings of the Penitentiary Chapel. Attendance at the chapel was compulsory. Extensive alterations were made in 1858 to two of the three chapels to convert them to the Criminal Courts.
Below Court Rooms 1 & 2 are two connecting tunnels built in 1860 to take prisoners to and from the gaol and courts.
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The Execution Yard was built after the closure of the Murray Street Gaol in June 1857. The last Tasmanian hanging was on February 14th 1946. In this time 32 people were hanged on this site. The process of execution changed little of the years. Prisoners were kept un the gaol’s condemned cell while religious advisers were on hand to encourage repentance. Executions were usually held at 8am. On the morning of a hanging the prisoner was led to the execution yard, arms pinned behind, walking to the tolling of the church bell. Religious advisers would read passages of scripture and offer prayer as the victim walked to the scaffold and stood on the trap door. The Executioner would tie his legs together, fix the rope around his neck and place a white cap over his face. Often the victim suffered a slow, cruel strangling. It was common for the bodies to be taken to St Mary’s Hospital for surgeons and their students to dissect.
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Not all, but some of the buildings remain from the original penitentiary - an insight into over 175 years of Hobart's shadier past.

Amazingly the front door key from 1856 is still being used today!
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Maria Island

rain 14 °C

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Our last trip in Tasmania was one to tick off another sight I've been wanting to see - the Painted Cliffs on Maria Island.

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Maria Island
The entire island is a national park. With it's World Heritage listed convict probation station, sweeping bays, rugged cliffs and mountains, it is a special place. There are no private vehicles and the wombats, Cape Barren geese and kangaroos run with far more freedom than the convicts ever had. The Painted cliffs, Fossil Cliffs and stunning views, all near the settlement of Darlington, are another of nature's highlights.
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There are several walks on the island and people spend days exploring. After an informative ferry ride from Triabunna, we set off to see the sites in the far north if the island.
The only accommodation on the island is in the old Penitentiary
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We started our walk south along the coast and beautiful beaches that would be tempting...on a warm day!
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Painted Cliffs
The sandstone outcrop at the southern end of Hopground Beach is the beginning of the Painted Cliffs.
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The exquisite patterns are caused by groundwater percolating through the sandstone, leaving traces of iron oxides.
Despite the overcast weather, the colours and patterns were spectacular.
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Aiming to view them at low tides, means you can walk along infront of them for a good view
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but even the ground has mesmerising patterns
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The details in the layers are incredible
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The patterns created in the various colours are unqiue
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the rock formations, with the layers and the colours create some very interesting details
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In more recent times, sea spray hitting the rock face had dried, forming crystals of salt. These crystals cause the rock to weather in the honeycomb patterns below - perfect for climbing - if it wasn't a protected national park!
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The variation in rock types left impressions on the ground
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While we admired the Painted Cliffs, a Tall Ship gracefully sailed by and off into the distance
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Darlington Probation Station 1825-32; 1842-50
Placed strategically on Maria Island, a place of outstanding natural beauty and heritage, the peaks of Bishop and Clerk and Mt Maria make Maria Island visible from many places along Tasmania's east coast. The focus was on punishment and reform through hard labour, religious instruction and education. At it's peak it housed up to 500 convicts.
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Established to take advantage of the many natural resources at hand, life for a convict sent to Darlington was one of contradictions. The island's beauty betrays the hard work that took place here. As one of many probation stations that were built in Tasmania, convicts were sent to Darlington to be reformed through work, education and religious instruction. Though a grand scheme, the vision of the probation stations was ultimately not realised and highly costly.
The island landscape is today covered with evidence of the well organised and structured probation system and plentiful natural resources.
Today, you can look around the Coffee Palace:
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The Drawing Room
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The dining Room
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Reception Room
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and see some old photographs from the 1920s, such as these school children, with their toys
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Separate Apartment Cells
These cells constructed in 1842-46 were designed to keep prisoners separated at night and meal times.
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Oast House
Like most buildings on Maria Island, the convicts built Oast House has had many uses.
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It was originally to dry hops (the female flowers or seed cones of the hop plant) as part of the beer brewing process, and as such is one of the oldest oast hoses in Australia. The hop plants were planted in 1820 and by 1847 they were producing 3 tonnes of hops per year.
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The two cylindrical parts of the building are the drying kilns. A fire was lit in the bottom of each one (accessed from inside the main room) and above the fire was a floor made of special ventilating bricks – with their smaller holes facing upwards – and a layer of hops sitting on them. The kilns would have been rooved.
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Later the building was used for making wine and alterations made.

Cement Works
After the closure of the convict station, the island was leased for farming and used as a base for fishermen.
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Darlington was renamed San Diego. Local limestone was exploited for the production of cement.
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In 1920s these silos were used to store the cement.

Fossil Cliffs
Spectacular sea cliffs which plunge sheer to the sea to a world-class fossil site.
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In the 1920's the limestone fossils were mined and transported by tramway to the cement works near the jetty to be manufactured into cement and stored in the silos.
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Looking at the cut face of the quarry, you can see that the grey limestone is studded with thousands of mussel-like shells.
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The soft parts of the creatures have rotted away, leaving only the hard shells, which have lasted almost 300 million years.
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The stones consit of different rock types, including granite and quartzite.
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Engine House
The Engine House site is part of what was the major industrial area of Maria Island from the 1820s to 1920.
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The valley surrounding this building contains remnants of brick making - including some of the oldest evidence of brick making in Australia - plus reservoirs, roads, clay pits, houses, railway lines, quarrying, drainage, mining, geological exploration, sawmilling and kilns.
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the engine house was built by Diego Bernacci in the late 1880s to house the machinery - most likely a steam engine - that would drive a number of industries on the island., including brick making, lime manufacturing, cement making and timber cutting. The vaulted ceilings and buttressed walls suggest that the building was designed to support heavy machinery, while the discarded stone converted to be part of a stream driven machine for grinding cement.
when it was first built, the engine house would have been in the middle of all the activity and excitement about Bernacchi's early plans for the island.
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During the twentieth century the cement making moved to a waterfront site and the majority of the quarrying on the island occurred at the Fossil Cliffs. After 1907 the large kilns were partly demolished and the engine house became known as 'the Stables', reflecting the quieter pace of life in the valley, and the continuing story of 'rescue' of buildings and materials on Maria Island.

The Bernacchi Home 1843
In 1886, a Parliamentary party visited Maria Island to view developments.
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The island had been leased to al Italian Diego Bernacchi, for 10 cents per year on the condition that certain industries be established.
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and of course it would have the best view on the island, looking fow towards thejetty and scross to Darlington
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Bernacchi's Barn
This large red brick building dates from the cement works in 1889.
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During the convict era this was used to fire bricks, and later for lime-making.
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Today it holds a collection of farm machinery recovered form the island.
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The Grand Hotel
Late in the 1880's the convict hospital and outbuildings were demolished to make way for another Bernacchi Enterprise - The Grand Hotel.
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Lavishly furnished, it boasted billiard, dining, drawing and smoking rooms, as well as bedrooms for thirty of more gusts.
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Designed as part of a sanatorium complex, it never met with great success. It claimed to be "A happy hunting ground of the Geologist, Naturalist, Conchologist, Artist and Alpine Climber".

Reservoir Circuit
Through open woodland and tall eucalypt forest to the convict-built reservoir.
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During the first convict period (1825-1832) the convicts constructed a dam on the creek in order to make a reservoir to supply the settlement of Darlington. IT is still in use today.

Workman's Cottage
It is remarkable for having survive the years so well.
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Its decoration and detailing are quite elaborate for its size and display the best remain joinery on the island.
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Some of the newspaper that lines the walls shows the date of 1923.
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Around the island, there are plenty of interesting sights, including this Beluga Whale skull,
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these great reflections
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unusual tree formation
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these Naked Ladies flowers
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Bright berries in the forest
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and this phone box pretending to be a tardis!
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and to top off a good day of sight-seeing we were lucky enough to see some dolpins on the ferry ride home. Although they didn't surface much as they were feeding
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Local Events - Tasmania

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Not all good trips need over night stays and a long journey.
We explored some of the local events happening in the area:

Cadbury Factory
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Cadbury's Chocolate Factory is a working chocolate factory belonging to the Australian division of international confectionery company Cadbury Schweppes, and is located in Claremont, near Hobart. Despite being a working production facility, Cadbury's Claremont has a rich history with 18 heritage listed buildings on the site. The factory still features pure granite "Conching" machines which are over 60 years old but are still in use.

Freddie moulds:
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Cockatoo & Koala moulds:
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East Egg moulds:
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Following Cadbury UK's successful 1922 merger with rival chocolatiers, Fry's, Cadbury's decided to expand overseas. As Australia was one of the company's largest export markets, it was decided to be an appropriate location for their new operations. Tasmania was chosen as the location following extensive research, due to the state's cheap provision of hydro electricity by the Hydro Electric Commission, cool climate and the availability of high-quality fresh dairy production and supply.
The building of the new complex was a massive undertaking, and the new facility was modelled upon Cadbury's Bournville facilities, down to the provision of housing, shops, and sports and other facilities for the employees. The new estate was called "Cadbury's Estate" and was located on the banks of the Derwent River in Claremont to the north of Glenorchy.
Various wrappers:
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Most of the milk used to make Cadbury's products is sourced from the North-West region of Tasmania and processed at Cadbury's Burnie milk depot. The milk is then transported to Hobart in B-Double road tankers.
Bilky Bandicoot(instead of the Easter Bunny!)
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our purchases for the day:
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Though it's not like Cadbury's in the UK, as it's made form different sugar, and different milk.

Shakespeare in the Garden
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The sheltered, landscaped grounds of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens hold historic plant collections and a large number of significant trees, many dating from the nineteenth century.
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However, it is more than just stunning gardens when Directions Theatre offer up an alfresco experience – Shakespeare's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS.
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The Comedy of Errors is Shakespeare's first comedy, and definitely one of his funniest. The comedy is fast and furious, the plot gets wilder and wilder as the play moves to its climax. Done in Bollywood style this production promises plenty of colour and movement.
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141st Bushy Park Show
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A small country show featuring classic cars, circus performances, western horsemanship displays, equestrian, cattle & sheep judging, yard Dog competition, wood chopping
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and mini horse competition
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Posted by charlystyles 13:29 Archived in Australia Tagged cadbury shakepeare_in_the_garden bushy_park_show Comments (0)

Dam Day

semi-overcast 23 °C

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Down the road from Fentonbury in Tasmania, is a collection of dams used to create power.
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The four dams on this integrated power scheme are located to harness the waters of Tasmania’s mightiest river, the westward-flowing Gordon and it’s tributary, the Serpentine; and to capture the headwaters of the Huon River, which meets the sea far to the south. However, you could see from the original tree line how low the water is at this time
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The largest structure is the spectacular concrete arch of the 140m high Gordon Dam, which spans a deep and narrow gorge on the Gordon river, creating the massive Lake Gordon.
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This lake alone has an area of 272 square kilometres.
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But the designers of the scheme saw the potential to greatly enlarge its capacity. Three rockfill dams – Serpentine, Scotts Peak and Edgar – trap the water of the Serpentine River and the upper Huon, which are then diverted into Lake Gordon through the McPartlan canal. This second storage – the 242 square kilometre Lake Pedder – increase the total capacity of the scheme by more than 40%.

Lake Pedder
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Full supply level – 307.5m
Total storage – 3,000,000 Mega Litres
Length of Lake – 40km
Lake area – 242m

So, after providing a fine location for anglers, campers, photographers and visitors who simply enjoy the wonderful wilderness views, the water of the Gordon Scheme eventually plummet 183m underground to spin the turbines and generate the electricity we need to warm and light our homes and to power our factories and businesses.

Lake Gordon Hydro Power Station
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Roaring 40’s – restless westerly winds that sweep around the Earth’s southern latitudes below the 40th parallel. They touch land only three times in thousands of kilometres – on New Zealand’s’ South Island, the tip of south America and Tasmania. The winds bring rain and snow – the constantly renewable fuel that drive Hydro Tasmania’s power stations. Water bought by the wind flows into our hydro-electric storages, plummets into penstocks an tunnels, churns through turbines and generates the electricity needed every day. The water then flows back to the sea to begin the cycle again. Power stations like Gordon harness the energy of falling water, using dams, but hydro Tasmania is also capturing the power of the rain-bearing winds. In isolated coastal locations in the west, north-west and north-east of the state, the slender blades of wind turbines are spinning, generating electricity from the roaring 40’s.

Gordon Dam
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Completed in 1974, this 140m high concrete arch dam was built by the Hydro-Electric Commission.
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It is the highest arch dam and Lake Gordon is the largest storage in Australia at 12,450 million cubic metres) The use of double-curvature enabled the dam’s concrete volume and therefore cost, to be significantly reduced. The dam power station are associated with the construction of the first road into southwest Tasmania, and with the controversy over the flooding of Lake Pedder.
Height – 140m
Length of crest – 198m
Thickness at base – 17.7m
Thickness at crest – 2.8m
Volume of concrete – 154,000 cubic metres
Volume of water at full capacity – 12,450 million cubic metres
First excavation – January 1970
First Concrete poured – January 1972
Final concrete poured – November 1974

Looking upstream, at Lake Gordon behind the dam
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Looking downstream from Gordon Dam
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It's a long way down...140m...
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So this cable car has a long way to go...
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Gordon Power Station
Built in a cavern 183m below the surface, the power station has three 150MW Francis turbines. Water enters the turbines through a vertical tunnel from the intake tower. It leaves the power station through a tailrace tunnel and rejoins the Gordon River downstream of the dam,.
With their combined surface area of 541 square kilometres, the two interconnected lakes form the nation’s biggest fresh water storage area. This is equal to 27 Sydney Harbours! At full capacity they hold a total of 14,700 million cubic metres of water!

Serpentine Dam
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Type – Rock fill concrete face upstream
Crest length – 131m
Max nieght – 41.5m
Rock fill volume – 14,000 cubic meters

Scotts Peak Dam
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Built to dam the upper reaches of the Huon River, Scotts Peak Dam is a 43 meter-high rockfill dam with a bitumen upstream face. Its crest is more than a kilometre long.
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Edgar Dam
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Smallest dam in the scheme, Edgar is a 17 meter high concrete faced rockfill dam near Scotts Peak at the southern end of Lake Pedder. It’s crest length is 426m holding a dam volume of 104,300 cubic meters.
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On the way home, we stopped of to investigate the Creepy Crawly Trail. Not a creepy crawly insight, except for us, avoiding the low braches over the walk way! But a very picturesque walk.
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There was a hairy tree...
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and this 'burl' on the tree was interesting...
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Posted by charlystyles 12:11 Archived in Australia Tagged lake_gordon_dam lake_pedder Comments (0)

Classic Car Show - Bellerive

sunny 24 °C

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It's always good to look at local advertising posters as you travel. The one that caught my attention near Hobart was for a Classic Car Show.
It was a lovely sunny day as we wandered up and down admiring the shiny paint work and unusual cars.
There's not a lot more to say, except to let you indulge in the photos of pretty vehicles...

A car that I grew up with (although I never used to like the smell of the leather!)... Rover TC 2000
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A car my Dad grew up with... MGB
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Examples of the popular Mustang
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Ford Mustang 1967 Fastback GT:
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1960 Cadillac
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1960 Cadillac coupe de ville
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1958 Alfa Romeo Giuliette Spider
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Something you might see in Breaking Bad - wood panelled Ford
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A pretty purple Holden Special
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One for Mum and Dad if they get tired of their Bedford camper van... especially the addition of the eye lashes!
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Something from a previous home - Leyland
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Maybe one of these fitted to my car...NOS! Magic button here:
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Cylinder in the boot:
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and some pictures of the finer details - they don't make them like this anymore...
wooden spokes
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bumpy window panel
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cool light clusters
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petrol cap
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air vents
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bonnet sculpture
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a stick so you can see where the edge of the car is as the bonnet is too high...
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a stick so you can hear where the wheel is, as the bonnet is still too high
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And to finish off a day in the sunshine, we relaxed at Old Beach
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Posted by charlystyles 12:12 Archived in Australia Tagged classic_cars Comments (0)

Wooden Boat Festival - Hobart

sunny 32 °C

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The Australian Wooden Boat Festival is an exciting celebration of the nation’s rich maritime culture and one of the world’s most anticipated maritime events.
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It only happens every two years.
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Held across Hobart’s vibrant and bustling waterfront, the four-day festival brings together the largest and most beautiful collection of wooden boats in the southern hemisphere. From its humble beginnings in 1994, it has grown to become the most significant event of its kind in Australia.
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It's a celebration of Tasmania's long maritime history, its active boat-building industry and the traditional skills that keep this legacy alive.
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We went down to watch the ships come in - quite a sight with so many boats of all different sorts, in amongst the majestic Tall Ships
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There are plenty of beautiful hand-made wooden boats on show.
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Below are some of the details that I thought were worth a closer look:
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Along with the exhibition of these beautiful boats, the festival delivers a lively combination of incredible local food, live entertainment, music, demonstrations and displays. From the state’s best seafood, Maritime Marektplace and tavern. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival has all the elements of a summer celebration by the sea.

People join in both on shore and in the water, regardless of their type of boat, even the dogs get to have some fun
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There were rowing boats, such as this swan boat
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Steam boats offering rides for passengers
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and Tall Ships to go aboard and investigate
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Over looking proceedings was this giant cruise ship.
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Over the docks were display from the Squirrel Helicopter Team and the Navy Roulettes (like the Red Arrows!)
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Crowds gathered to watch the events, and what better place to take your MGBGT for an outing
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In one display area there was a large collection of hand made model boats. Including everythgin from HMS Victory
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to a steamer
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a fishing trawler
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and these weird and wonderful boats made from bits and bobs:
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below, you should be able to find parts of a saxophone and a dentist mirror
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and how about a compass and a valve off a trumpet:
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Lady Nelson
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This little brig is a full size replica of the original ‘Lady Nelson’ which sailed from England to Australia in 1800. She was involved in the first three European settlements in Tasmania and helped to transfer the Norfolk Island settler. In 1825, natives at Barbar Island in the Indonesian archipelago seized the ‘Lady Nelson’ and murdered the crew before burning the vessel. Two small carronades (cannons) are the only known remnants of the original vessel.
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In 1980 it was decided to build a Tasmanian tall ship to celebrate the 1988 bicentenary of Australia. Due to it’s historical significance to Tasmania, the ‘Lady Nelson’ was chosen. She was built for the Tasmanian Sail Training Association which conducts sail training, educational charters, harbour sailings and extended cruises.
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And if you've had enough of boats - how about a tour around Hobart in this unique taxi
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Posted by charlystyles 12:06 Archived in Australia Tagged tall_ships wooden_boat_festival Comments (0)

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