Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Architecture


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.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


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