A Photo A Week Challenge: Over 100 Years Old

Veterans of Tasmanian Steam

Two grand old ladies, MV Cartela built in 1912 and Preana built in 1896. Cartela is currently undergoing restoration to be returned to steam power and Preana is restored and available for charter trips.

MV Cartela-Port Huon wharf July 2014
Steam Yacht Preana built 1896

The West Coast Wilderness Railway runs between Queenstown and Strahan. Its three locomotives are the original ones used by the Mt Lyell Railway Company to service the mines. All were built inbetween 1896-98

Train departing Queenstown Tasmania, West Coast Wilderness Railway
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Locomotive on the West Coast Wilderness Railway near Strahan

 

Snapshot Sunday: Adverts

While out and about last week end I got some photos of some more old and new advertising and a nice photo of a favourite old pub in the Glenorchy area. The pub is “The Elwick Hotel” It has a lovely lounge area and the staff are very nice. One thing I like about this pub is the beautiful murals on the outside of the building. I took one photo of the best one as I walked by. The other photos are of very old and very new advertising on buildings. The bright yellow is rather garish but I do love the old fireworks,crackers sign on the Chinese restaurant. You can see how advertising has changed over the years by these photos.

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Ooh Ahhh Fireworks! This is a great old sign.
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Showing the old building it is on.
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A wonderful mural.
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The Elwick Hotel
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Modern Advertising which is not as nice.

Daily Prompt: Rivulet

via Daily Prompt: Rivulet

The Hobart Rivulet

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By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

 

This photo, which was not taken by me, is of a section of the Hobart Rivulet which runs under the CBD.  The stream rises on the slopes of Mount Wellington and makes its way down through Hobart to empty into the Derwent.

In the days before European settlement it was the main source of water for the local indigenous people, the  Mouheneener. Later it also served the settlers but over time it became dirty and polluted by the industries that set up along its banks such as sawmills and tanneries. Eventually as the city grew a large part of the rivulet was diverted and became an underground stream. There is a spot in Elizabeth Street Mall where you can look down and see it through a grating.

In the early 2000’s when we first came to live in Tasmania the Hobart City Council was still running a tour of this part of the Rivulet. I believe it has since been discontinued for OH&S reasons but Naomi and I, along with a friend of hers did take the tour back then.

We entered through a tunnel on the Royal Hobart Hospital site in Collins Street. At this point the Rivulet is  above ground and during winter when there has been a lot of rain you can see the swirling waters which have been known to spill over the concrete channel they are contained by.

I have to admit that I do understand why the tours were discontinued. It was not an easy walk as it was necessary to step or jump over the water to cross from one side to the other. I was a little nervous about that even with the help of the guide and I certainly would not be able to do it now. However, I was fascinated to see this little known part of the city as we walked underneath the mall, the Myer Centre and the Spotlight store. We finally exited the tunnels near Harrington Street. I wished I could have taken photos myself but as the light was poor and I had to concentrate on not slipping on the damp surface it didn’t seem like a good idea. There was a lot of graffiti so obviously the place received a lot of unofficial visitors however as I hate graffiti when it is just tagging I would not have wanted to photograph that.

A few years later the Myer Centre was partly destroyed by fire and when the store was eventually rebuilt a breach in one of the underground walls one wet winter caused a collapse which flooded the site closing it for some time.

It is possible to walk the upstream section of the Rivulet through South Hobart. I haven’t done this as yet although I have visited the Cascade Brewery which uses water from the Rivulet in its beers.  I have included a couple of links if you would like to learn more about this unusual part of Hobart.

Links:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-01/going-underground-in-the-hobart-rivulet/7676134

https://www.greaterhobarttrails.com.au/track/hobart-rivulet-park/

http://tastrails.com/hobart-rivulet/

https://www.cascadebreweryco.com.au/our-history

 

 

 

 

Snapshot Sunday: D’Entrecasteaux Channel

A view from the Channel Highway between Middleton and Cygnet 2009

This is an old photo but it is a view I’m fond of. A couple of times a year at least David and I would drive down the Channel Highway which branches off the Huon Highway at Huonville. In February we’d stop to photograph the scarecrows that were dotted along the road. At other times we might visit the Sunday market at Woodbridge or drive all the way to Kettering where the Bruny Island ferry berths. From there we could drive on to Margate and Kingston or turn around and stop at Cygnet for a coffee on the way home.

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Structure

Structures Large & Small

Thinking about this today I decided that structure was just as much about the way something is put together as the object itself. I’ve gone with a mix of arty and industrial structures for this challenge. They are all man made and constructed of metal. Each one is made up of a great many parts. I started thinking about all the work that went into creating all of these. It does  make you think and stop and look at them all more closely. The dog sculpture is made using recycled odds and ends and he is located at the Glenorchy Rubbish dump and recycling shop. The giant egg sculpture is a favourite of mine and used to be on a sculpture walk in Sydney. It has since been moved. I always thought the cement truck an interesting subject. It can be found at the Mona art gallery here in Hobart. The two cranes were shot in New Zealand and most of the others photos were taken in Tasmania. I thought they all made rather good subjects for this challenge.

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The Sydney Tower. We are going for dinner there next month in the revolving restaurant.

 

Slides
Some arty looking slides in New Zealand.
Mine Shaft
The Beaconsfield Mineshaft in Tasmania
Historic Crane
Historic Crane in Wellington
Gantry Crane
Gantry Crane in Wellington
Dog Sculpture
Metal Dog Sculpture at Glenorchy Tasmania.
Cargo Ship
A Cargo Ship on the Mersey River Devonport Tasmania.
Big Wheel
A big wheel seen at Penny Royal Launceston Tasmania.
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Cement truck sculpture at Mona Art Gallery Tasmania.
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Giant egg sculpture at The Rocks Sydney.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter W with at least two vowels in the word.

These W photos are all random ones taken on various road trips and holidays or just here at home in Oatlands.

  • Windmill
  • Warehouse
  • Wicker
  • Windjammer
  • Wolseley
  • Weeping Willow
  • Washing Machines

Snapshot Sunday: Wrest Point & Tasman Bridge Hobart

As it is the Australia Day week end I decided to post a few pictures taken in Hobart our capital city. Vanda and I celebrated with a typical Aussie barbecue. We didn’t have anything fancy but we enjoyed our chops, sausages and salads. We forgot to take our bottle of Fronte with us though. Vanda thought I had picked it up and I thought she had it. We had to wait until we got home for a drink so we just had a cuppa instead. It was a warm day but we kept cool under the nice timber shelter sheds built around the barbecues. We didn’t have much trouble with the flies but the ants were there in abundance. We had to watch our plates carefully. It was a lovely way to relax and much better than having to go to work! Here are my photos.