Monthly Archives: August 2018

38 Barrack Street

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38 Barrack Street, Hobart | Thursday 23 August 2081 | 10:24 am

Sandwiched between the Australian Government service centre (left) and the Salvation Army building (right) is this federation style red brick building that currently houses a coffee shop. A quick bit of research tells me that the address 38 Barrack Street used to be a blacksmith’s shop and that the building had been saved from demolition.

It’s listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register, which states—

This structure demonstrates an aspect of the development of late nineteenth/early twentieth century blacksmithing patterns within inner Hobart, particularly the relationship between on site accommodation and the carrying out of smithing. This place is of historic cultural heritage significance as a rare surviving example of on site accommodation built in conjunction with the blacksmithing industry.

This place has strong meaning for the community because it demonstrates aspects of Federation society and makes an important contribution to the streetscape by demonstrating the traditional local urban patterns of setback and orientation to the street. This shop is of historic heritage significance because of its ability to demonstrate the principal characteristics of a Federation residence constructed on the same site as an industrial activity. This building is of significance because it has the potential to yield historical information about early the twentieth century blacksmithing industry within central Hobart. The use of this property as a blacksmiths shop and house over a long period, mostly in the ownership of one family, reinforces its historical significance.



Supreme Court

The Supreme Court complex in Salamanca Place is one of my favourite buildings in Hobart. I love the way it was designed to link with St David’s Park, and the stairs remind me of a waterfall.

Supreme Court

I posted another photo of it earlier this year and I’m sure there will be more. It is such a beautiful building to photograph.

Scotts Peak Dam & Red Knoll Lookout

After leaving Gordon Dam we drove back along Gordon River Road to Scotts Peak Dam turnoff, about 53 km. We stopped at the Creepy Crawly Walk not far along the unsealed road.

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Creepy Crawly Walk

Continuing along the road we passed Edgar Dam and Scotts Peak Dam at the eastern end of the lake.

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View from Scotts Peak Road

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I think this Edgar Pond

Scotts Peak Dam was built to dam the Huon River. At 43 metres high it’s only a baby compared to the Gordon Dam. Edgar Dam is even smaller, 17 metres. There’s no public access to either of these dams walls.

Passing the two dams, the road takes you to Red Knoll Lookout.

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Scotts Peak

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Looking back at the mountains

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Scotts Peak Dam and mountains

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Scotts Peak Dam

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Phone panorama 1 at Red Knoll Lookout

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Failed phone panorama. I like how the portrait image shows the layers of the landscape, almost like a core sample

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Phone panorama 2 at Red Knoll Lookout

We weren’t there at a great time of day to take photos and I probably would have got better results shooting RAW.

This is a place you’d want to spend an entire day, from sunrise to sunset, watching the light changing and photographing the different moods of the rocks and the mountains. And probably more than one day because of the fog in some places and the clouds over the mountains.

It’s not the sort of place to visit once and say you’d seen it.