A Very Merry Colonial Christmas

20th December, 2018 Prior to 1840, Christmas celebrations in colonial Hobart were a sober affair, similar to the usual religious observances on Sundays. The festive habits of Hobartians changed in the mid-1840s with the introduction of the fashions of Victorian England. When Queen Victoria married her cousin Prince Albert in Read more…

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But what about those columns?

19th November, 2018 Governor John Franklin and his indomitable wife Lady Jane Franklin were convinced that well-proportioned classical architecture had a civilizing influence on people and society. Their time in Hobart (1837 – 1843) saw the construction of two significant structures reflecting this ideal. The first was the portico at Read more…