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The Names of Hobart

The names of rivers, coastal features, districts and their streets tell a lot about the history of a place. Such is the case with Hobart, with many names linked to Governor Lachlan Macquarie and his family, and to the various battles of the Napoleonic Wars, which were fought while Hobart was in its infancy. How did Hobart's streets get their names and who or what are they named after?

Lost and Abandoned

Hobart's Passenger Railways: A passenger rail service between Hobart and Launceston ran between 1876 and 1978. During that time Hobart also had a suburban railway system. In its day, the Tasmanian Government Railways was a major employer, offering a huge range of jobs: train crew, tradesmen, engineers, apprentices, fettlers, signalmen, clerks, braided stationmasters and ubiquitous 'lad porters'. Apart from goods of every description, the railways carried passengers to factories, schools, the Royal Show and on excursions. More >>

Empress of Australia in Hobart, 1975

Sydney - Hobart Car Ferry Service: Over the years, two attempts have been made to operate a car and passenger ferry service between Sydney and Tasmania, but with limited success. The first was with the Empress of Australia, which was custom built at Sydney's Cockatoo Island Dockyards in 1962 for Australian National Line, to provide a ferry serice between Sydney (the terminal was at Morts Bay, Balmain) and Hobart via Devonport and Burnie. More >>

The Bridges of Hobart

Unlike many other Australian capital cities, Hobart has few bridges across its river (The Derwent), but those it does have are quite different from each other and have their own indisvidual story to tell.

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