I love to photograph buildings and I enjoy many architectural styles. Generally I prefer the styles of the past to those of today. One of the reasons that I was attracted to Hobart was that it has fewer steel and glass monstrosities to clash with its Georgian and Victorian buildings. Some cities, like Napier in New Zealand celebrate their architectural heritage while others seem intent on destroying it.
I have a whole folder of pictures just of buildings in Hobart so it’s quite hard to choose. I’ve decided to pick buildings from different eras that I particularly like.
Colonial Era 1788-1840
Tasmania has a wonderful collection of old buildings from the early nineteenth century. The Midland Highway between Hobart and Launceston is a particularly good place to see late Georgian buildings at towns like Kempton, Oatlands, Ross and Campbelltown. Richmond is another old settlement. Hobart and Launceston also retain many of their old buildings. The photos in this first gallery are from the Colonial era. Tasmania was colonised by the British from the early 1800s, the second colony to be founded after New South Wales.
The Victorian era 1840-1901
The Launceston Post Office was built in the late 1890s although the clock tower was added later in 1910. I love the red brick this is built in and I adore clock towers. The Queen Victoria Building is a grand shopping arcade in Sydney built in 1898. I have featured the inside of QVB in previous posts.
Edwardian Era 1901 – 1910
I spotted this old pub while walking in The Rocks in Sydney it was built around the turn of the century when a lot of new building was being done in Sydney. We have some lovely old pubs in Australia. I could do a whole post about them. Maybe I will some day. Flinders Street Station is an especial favourite of mine. It is a Melbourne landmark, built in 1905.
Pre World War I
I noticed the similarity between these two buildings when we visited Sydney in 2012. The Palisades Hotel at Millers Point was derelict when we saw it but last year re-opened after a multi million dollar refurbishment. I probably could not afford to go there now. The fire station is still a fire station.
Art Deco Era 1920s and 30s
I recently wrote a post about our visit to Napier, New Zealand which has beautiful art deco buildings. It’s one of my favourite building styles and there are good examples of it in most Australian cities including Hobart.
The T&G building in Hobart must have been a standard design the company used for their buildings as I have seen almost identical ones in Adelaide, South Australia and in Albury, NSW
I’ve mostly photographed public buildings because I think it is a little rude to photograph people’s homes as much as I would like to, the Oatlands cottages are an exception as nearly all the historic buildings are lived in. I haven’t included any buildings from the forties or fifties because this post is long enough already but I may do that another time.