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Feb. 11 & 12 – HOBART, TAZMANIA, AUSTRALIA

OUR OVERNIGHT VISIT

semi-overcast 70 °F
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We crossed some tumultuous seas before our calm arrival on Monday morning. Today in Hobart is a Wooden Boat holiday. Keep in mind – it’s summer here!

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In a rental car with good friends, we headed off for a 1 ½ hour drive to the Tasman Peninsula -

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Stopping on the way to pick up some Australian meat pies and dessert (of course).

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Our destination was Port Arthur, a penal station established in 1830. Many countries were part of a global phenomenon of forced migration, punishment and reform, trying to deal with crime. This also provided free labor as countries established their colonies.

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The historical site is now a major tourist draw, with more than 30 buildings and ruins.

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Our guide’s information was full of interesting details – all of which I will tell you right now! Heh, heh 😊

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Thanks to the officers and wives and their meticulous journals of the day, much is known about people and events.

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Stories of individual prisoner’s lives have been preserved and are on display at the excellent interactive Visitors Center.

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The grounds now a days, also provide a place for a family outing.

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From a boat tour we looked to the harbor – imaging it being seen by convicts as they sailed to their prison home. Transportation of convicts here ended in 1853.

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Back at our ship, on Tuesday morning we walked into Hobart Town with its impressive colonial buildings.

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The tower of St. David’s Anglican Cathedral
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The windows are beautiful! Most moving, however, was a plaque along a side wall – it is a tribute to Alec William Campbell “The Last Australian ANZAC*”, 1899-2002. And “to the memory of all who have served this country in the Armed Forces and Paid the Supreme Sacrifice. Lest We Forget”.

*Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

Posted by Swenigale 18:40 Archived in Australia

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