Tasmania Part 7: History

“Have you noticed any Aboriginal place names yet?” asked Matt, two days into our Tasmania trip. “In Victoria and New South Wales you get colonial names but also some Aboriginal names too. Down here it’s like everything has been renamed and reimagined.”

It really did feel like how I imagine rural England to be. It was cold, there were orchards and European-green fields, the colonial architecture has been well preserved. It was extremely hard to imagine that anyone other than European settlers had ever lived there, so successfully had the indigneous community been displaced.

The sense of European history was heavy and permeated everything. It was beautiful. But also a little bit creepy.

This is the last installment of pictures from the trip. Thanks for patiently waiting for me share them all!

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Franklin statue and pretty planes

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Convict-built Richmond Bridge

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In Richmond cemetery

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“Jesus called a little child to him…”

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Disused train line

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Port Arthur – the first Tasmanian settlement.
It was Australia’s first prison for all those convicts who reoffended after arriving.

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Port Arthur chimneys

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Warming my hands at the governer’s fireplace

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Rosellas in the penitentiary

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Port Arthur fort

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Military quarters

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Exploring the homes

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I love the colour of the bricks here

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Penitentiary ruins

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Walking to the hospital

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Memorial for the 1996 Port Arthur massacre.
I think it was Australia’s worst shooting, it led to a consolidaion of Australia’s very strict gun laws.
Today I don’t know any Australian outside of the army or police force who owns a gun.

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