A Triumph for South Hobart!

Malcolm Saltmarsh
07.09.15 5:19 am


Beneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart

by Alison Alexander

The South Hobart Progress Association has just achieved another major milestone!

With wonderful support from the Hobart City Council, it has published an impressive 360-page history of South Hobart, in full colour, with 768 illustrations – historic and modern photos, paintings and maps.

The book traces the evolution of the suburb from its pre-European settlement and the founding years of Hobart Town in the early 1800s, through the centuries to today, featuring many notable people who helped South Hobart’s and Tasmania’s progress.

The book is beautiful, a great read and excellent value at $60 a copy.

It has been researched and written by Dr Alison Alexander, noted Tasmanian historian and winner of the National Biography Award for her book The Ambitions of Jane Franklin.

The superb design is by highly respected Julie Hawkins.

The official launch will be by former South Hobart resident, the Governor Her Excellency Professor Kate Warner, AM, on 8 September 2015.

A community launch, open to all, will be held on Friday 11 September at 5pm at the former Macquarie Street State School, now the South Hobart Living Arts Centre, at 408 Macquarie Street, South Hobart. </b>

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The 360-page book has been exquisitely designed by leading graphic artist Julie Hawkins of In Graphic Detail. Hundreds of historic and current photographs, many in vibrant colour, give life to the fascinating text.

Scores of residents have been interviewed to complement the research by Dr Alexander. Everything that has ever happened in South Hobart is part of this marvellous book, from aboriginal days, through early industries along the Hobart Rivulet – breweries such as the Cascade Brewery, milling, tanning, even producing shell necklaces and wombat coats – and grim days for female convicts at the Cascades Female Factory, to the development of today’s comfortable residential suburb with its wealth of different activities and people.

This exciting venture has been commissioned and supported by the South Hobart Progress Association Inc, with members providing extensive in-kind support. It has been a 3 year project with hundreds of hours of volunteer work, ensuring the success of this beautiful book. The HCC has generously supported our project, as underwriters of most of the cost.

There will be a community launch at the South Hobart Living Arts Centre (formerly Macquarie Street State School) at 408 Macquarie Street South Hobart on Friday 11 September 2015 at 5 pm.

Copies of the book will be available for sale at the launch and through the website

The Hobart City Council in Elizabeth Street, the Hobart Bookshop in Salamanca Square, Fullers Bookshop in Collins Street, the Cascades Female Factory in Degraves Street South Hobart and Just Tassie Books at the Book Cellar, cnr The Esplanade and 132 High Street Campbell Town will be alternative sale outlets from 11 September 2015.

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