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Find Me Friday #9

Welcome back to Find Me Friday, the series where I post a picture of part of a building and you have to find it.

Here’s last week’s puzzle:


And here it is again:


It’s the Westside Laundromat, on the corner of Goulburn and Molle Streets in West Hobart. Congratulations Meg for identifying it.


Above the Laundromat there are flats.

So what do we know about this building? My first thought was “pub” because there are so many old pubs and pub sites around Hobart. My standard answer to “what was this building originally?” is now “pub”. It’s my General Douglas MacArthur answer. (Slabs will understand that.)

But this building, 87 Goulburn Street, doesn’t appear to have been a pub, so this time I’m wrong. The white building to the right of it, however, was the Star Inn, which was first licensed in 1839. It closed in 1900.

There’s a picture of the former Star Inn in the book Here’s Cheers (by C.J. Dennison), which is undated but looks like it could be from the 1970s. That picture also shows part of the Laundromat, and the façade is painted blue. That’s how I remember it from when I used to live in the area in the 1990s. I think the cream paint is a fairly recent change.

It wasn’t a pub, so what was it?


Was it always a Laundromat?

I’ve drawn a blank. Do you know anything about its history?

Now for this week’s puzzle. Do you know where this is?


I’m having a break next week, so come back in two weeks to find out if you’re right.

Happy searching!

Find Me Friday #8

Welcome back to Find Me Friday, the series where I post a picture of part of a building and you have to find it.

Here’s a better view of last week’s puzzle:


It’s 221 Liverpool Street, which is currently home to a shop called Mintage and a Warwick Fabrics outlet.


It was built in 1909 and, according to my trusty book Yesterday’s Hobart Today, it was built for a Mr Pople, who sold and repaired musical instruments. Apparently he was there until the 1920s, when he moved to Elizabeth Street. And that’s all I’ve been able to find out about the building.

The only reference I can find to Mr Pople (I assume this is the same person) is a “Situations Wanted” advertisement in the Mercury on 16 December 1936 for “Orchestra disengaged, New Year’s Eve. W. Pople, Music Warehouse Phone 5119”.

From the outside, the building is very similar to it was over 100 years ago.


This week’s Find Me Friday building is this one:


Do you know where it is? Come back next week to find out if you’re right.

Find Me Friday #7

Welcome to Find Me Friday, the series where I post a picture of part of a building and you have to find it.

I thought last week’s puzzle would be easy, and it was.

ImageHarry is this week’s winner, correctly identifying it as the window on the McCann’s Music building on the corner of Elizabeth and Melville Streets.

ImageAccording to my go-to source, the book Yesterday’s Hobart Today (by C J Dennison), the original building on this site was the Best & Co Building, which you can see a photo of at the State Library (link here).

This picture was taken circa 1890, but I don’t know the date it was built.

Mr Dennison says that it’s been suggested that Andrew Bent produced Hobart’s first newspaper in the building.

I can’t find any reference to the building being used for this, but the story of Andrew Bent is interesting.

He was a printer and publisher from the UK, who was transported to Van Diemen’s Land after having been convicted of burglary. He arrived in Hobart Town in 1812.  Apparently he worked for George Clark, who had published early, but short-lived, newspapers in Hobart Town and had been the Government Printer.

Andrew Bent eventually became Government Printer and in 1816 he began the Hobart Town Gazette and Southern Reporter. In 1821, he changed the name of the paper to Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser.

In 1823 he imported the first all-metal printing press into Van Diemen’s Land. I believe this is now at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

It seems that Mr Bent wasn’t a particular fan of the Government and this was reflected in some of the content of the paper. In 1825, after Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur arrived in Van Diemen’s Land, Mr Bent was convicted of libel, sentenced to imprisonment, and the government printing work was withdrawn from him.

He continued to publish his own Hobart Town Gazette and Van Diemen’s Land Advertiser, so for a couple of months there were two newspapers of that name – Mr Bent’s and the official Government publication of the same name. He changed his paper’s title to the Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertise later in 1825. The Colonial Times was a vehicle for his opposition to Lieutenant-Governor Arthur’s attempts to control the press.

He refused to apply for a licence under the Licensing Act 1827 and, after starting another short-lived independent newspaper and going to prison again, he had decided to sell his presses. Before he could do this, the British Government disallowed the Licensing Act, so he revived the Colonial Times, which he later sold to Henry Melville. The Colonial Times was absorbed by the Hobart Mercury in 1857.

Andrew Bent left Tasmania and moved to Sydney. A series of unfortunate events saw him lose all of his money and he died in the Sydney Benevolent Society Asylum in 1851.

You can find more information about Andrew Bent at the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

So we don’t know for sure that the Best and Co Building was the site of Mr Bent’s printing press, but he certainly is one of early Hobart’s interesting characters and an early advocate of freedom of the press in this country.

Back to the building . . . Mr Dennison says that Mr E W Best (after whom the building was named) had the original building demolished in 1922 and the present day building took its place.

ImageIt was originally only three storeys – the top floor was added later and it was used for private rental accommodation.

Now I know this, it’s really obvious that the top floor wasn’t part of the original design.  For example, look at how they’ve had to work around the tower on the front to fit it in.

ImageAnd now to this week’s puzzle.

I love buildings that have their ages somewhere on their facades, so here’s another one.

Do you know where this is?


Check back next week to find out.

find me friday #6

Welcome to Find Me Friday, the series where I post a picture of part of a building and you have to find it.

ImageI had a couple of guesses for last week’s puzzle, and one person got as close as being in the right street, but two blocks away.

ImageThis is 208 Collins Street, which is in the block between Barrack and Molle Streets.

It’s another building I can’t find any history for.

It’s right next to the Hobart Rivulet, and has this great looking deck, which always catches my eye.


This week’s puzzle is this little window. Do you know where in Hobart this is?


find me friday #5

Welcome to Find Me Friday, the series where I post a picture of part of a building and you have to find it.

This week I have some updates and corrections to some earlier posts, now that I have more information.

My source is the book “Here’s Cheers: A Pictorial History of Hotels, Inns and Taverns in Hobart”, by C. J. Dennison. 

Mr Dennison is also the author of “Yesterday’s Hobart Today”, which was published last year by the Hobart City Council. “Here’s Cheers” is written in a similar style and provides a fascinating insight into many of Hobart’s forgotten pubs, as well as those that have survived the wrecking ball.

So before I reveal where last week’s photo was from, I have some updates on a couple of previous posts.

Hobart Animal Hospital (Find Me Friday #4) – 198 Murray Street


The site of the Hobart Animal Hospital on the corner of Murray and Brisbane Streets was the site of the Sir John Franklin Hotel, which, according to Mr Dennison, was first listed in 1847.

He says that the hotel was “part of a nest of brothels that had sprung up in that area of Hobart, in a precinct centring on hotels around the Lamb Inn, which was a little further down Brisbane Street”. 

The site of the Lamb Inn is now occupied by Freedom Furniture.

“Union Building” (Find Me Friday #3) – 67 Murray Street


This one confused me, because I thought that this was the site of the Plough and Harrow Hotel circa 1867, but other references to the Plough and Harrow suggested that it was actually closer to Bathurst Street.

A picture of the Plough and Harrow exists on the State Library website (link here) and it really doesn’t look like it’s at the location of the current “Union Building”.

Some light was shed on this when I found out that street numbers in Hobart changed in about 1907-08, so what is now 67 Murray Street probably wasn’t in 1867.

Mr Dennison to the rescue again.

He says that the Plough and Harrow opened in 1842 and it was just up from the north-eastern corner of Bathurst and Murray Streets – pretty much a block up from where I thought it was.  According to Mr Dennison, this area at the time was “down-at-heel” and the hotel didn’t have a particularly good reputation. It closed in the 1880s and all of the buildings on the lot were demolished.

The building that replaced them is still there today, and if I’d been more organised I would have taken a photo of it, so you’ll have to trust me on that one. It was originally the YWCA Building and is now called John Opie House, home to the Fight Cancer Foundation.

So – what was on the corner of Murray and Liverpool Streets?

Was it a pub?

Of course it was.

It was first opened in 1825 as the King George, and renamed the Duke of Clarence Inn in 1844.  Mr Dennison says that the pub was used as a polling booth on election days.

Now there’s an idea. Voting at the pub. Can we make this a thing?

In 1846, the publican was Ann M’Andrew, and this is what it looked like (link here).

(By the way, there are a lot of sketches on the Library’s website of former Hobart pubs, which were drawn by Andrew Fleury, an Irish immigrant who arrived in Hobart as a child in the late 1860s.  His drawings are the only known pictures of some of the pubs, and they feature prominently in Mr Dennison’s book.)

Find Me Friday #5

And now, to last week’s puzzle.

ImageIt is, as the sign suggests, a barber shop.

But where?

I do like to keep people guessing, and I know one person has been trying hard to find it with no success.

It’s a bit out of my normal walking zone, but I was in Hampden Road last week and this building caught my eye. Actually, I think it was the sign rather than the building.

ImageIt’s the Three Thirds Barbers Lounge, at 76 Hampden Road.

ImageI don’t know anything about it, other than this report from The Mercury from 2012.

ImageBefore Three Thirds opened it seems to have been an architect’s office. And before that, I’m afraid I don’t know.

This week’s puzzle is this lovely coloured window. Do you know where it is?


find me friday #4

I’ve been involuntarily internet-less all week, so I have a few posts to catch up on.

But it’s Friday, and I’m determined to actually do a Find Me Friday post on the right day for once.

Last week’s puzzle was too easy for Snuva, who says she knows this building well.

ImageIt’s the Hobart Animal Hospital on the corner of Murray and Brisbane Streets – or 198 Murray Street.

ImageI’ve never been there, but the building always catches my eye when I walk past. I like the round corners.

ImageI haven’t been able to find out anything about the building at all. So this is a very short post today.

UPDATE (7/2/2014):

The Hobart Animal Hospital on the corner of Murray and Brisbane Streets was, at one time, the Sir John Franklin Hotel, which, according to C.J. Dennison in the book “Here’s Cheers: A Pictorial History of Hotels, Inns & Taverns in Hobart” , was first listed in 1847.

He says that the hotel was “part of a nest of brothels that had sprung up in that area of Hobart, in a precinct centring on hotels around the Lamb Inn, which was a little further down Brisbane Street”.  The site of the Lamb Inn is now occupied by Freedom Furniture.

This week’s puzzle is this place:

ImageDo you know where this is? Leave me a comment and check back (approximately) this time next week to find out if you’re right.

And if you know anything about the history 198 Murray Street, please let me know.

find me friday #3

It’s Saturday, so it must be time for this week’s Find Me Friday.

I’m starting to remember why I stopped doing this last time. Fridays are busy. Perhaps it needs to be renamed as “Where Am I Wednesday” or “Search For Me Saturday”.


OK, on with the game. Congratulations to Snuva who correctly identified on Twitter this building:

ImageIt’s the building on the corner of Murray and Liverpool Streets in Hobart that is currently home to a pizza shop.

ImageAs far as I can tell, its address is 67 Murray Street, but there’s not a lot of information around about the building (or its predecessors).

(I seem to be good at picking buildings that I can’t find anything about.)

The first reference to the address was from the same place I found out about 15 Murray Street last week – the “Residents of Hobart Tasmania 1867-68”, (which can be found here).

According to that, the address was occupied by Amos Mackerell in 1867 and 68. Digging a little further into the Hobart Valuation Roll of 1875, it appears that 67 Murray Street was a Public House, Amos Mackerell was a publican, the building was owned by Harwood Estate, represented by John Roberts, Agent, and the rateable valuation of the property was 35 pounds.

In March 1875, Amos Mackerell was charged with “keeping a disorderly house” at the Plough and Harrow Inn in Murray Street. I assume it’s the same one.

According to The Mercury of 6 March 1875 (via, charges were laid on the basis of evidence provided by a Francis Edgar, who was walking past at the time. He complained that the people in the pub were talking loudly. There were “several notorious drunkards” there at the time but Mr Edgar could not say whether they were drunk at the time. There was also no evidence of obscene language having been used.

The court decided that “loud talking” wasn’t enough to convict the publican and the case was dismissed.

Prior to this, in 1868, there was a report of Amos Mackerell appearing in court to defend assault charges for against his wife, and there were conflicting statements about the character of each of them. In 1884 he was charged with obstructing police by failing to supply “a quantity of rum to police for the purpose of analysis”.

He also appears to have had a connection with the Dr Syntax Hotel in Sandy Bay at that time, and there are other reports that the Plough and Harrow had been de-licensed in about 1885.

In 1901 the Gravesites of Tasmania website lists 26-year-old Arthur Barlow as being buried in the paupers gravesites at Cornelian Bay, and his last known address was 67 Murray Street, so it’s possible it was still a pub then – or some other type of accommodation.

The only picture I can find of it is on the State Library website – but interestingly, this sketch says the hotel is near Bathurst Street.  I started to get confused.

Anyway, the current building is nothing like the one in the sketch. Because the building has 1925 on the front, the original building is obviously long gone and has been replaced by “Union House”, which is the name that appears on the Murray Street side. Whether there was another building there between 1885 and 1925, I wouldn’t know.

I can only assume that at some time it was the headquarters for one or more unions. If you know anything about its history please let me know. And if I’m wrong about it having been the site of the Plough and Harrow, I’d love to know what it really was.

I could probably keep digging all night, but I think I’ve had enough for now! It’s definitely not a pub now.

ImageThis week’s Find Me Friday/Search For Me Saturday is this:



If you think you know where in Hobart this building is, feel free leave a comment below and come back next week to find out if you’re right.

Find Me Friday #2

Ok, it’s Saturday, so obviously it’s time for this week’s Find Me Friday, and the answer to last week’s puzzle. My excuse – I’ve been away for a few days and have taken lots of photos. Enough to fill the next two or three or four posts.

So, where is this? The number 15.

ImageOne person was brave enough to have a guess as to the identity of this building. Thanks for playing along Kanerva.

The building is 15 Murray Street in Hobart, also known as the Executive Building, and it houses various Government Ministers and Departments.

ImageI haven’t been able to find much about the history of this building. The Executive Building itself was completed in 1988, and I just realised I didn’t take a picture of the building itself. I’m more interested in the façade of the building that the Executive Building replaced.

ImageThere is some more information and pictures about the Executive Building on this website ( At 40 metres tall (11 floors) it’s one of Hobart’s tallest buildings.

15 Murray Street appears to have been the address of the Mail Exchange Building for some period, which might be what the façade is. I also found a reference to it having been used for an art exhibition in 1983, and apparently it hadn’t been the Mail Exchange Building for some time by then.

The only other reference I can find to the address is that it was once the home of Charles Grace Greig in 1867-68. According to Charles Greig was born in Hobart in 1834 and he was the first pupil enrolled at The Hutchins School. He took over his father’s tailoring business in Hobart after returning from overseas. Whether he operated out of 15 Murray Street isn’t clear. His family moved to Launceston in 1873, where he set up his own tailoring business. He died in 1897.

The thing with this façade is that I’ve seen it almost every day for the past 8 years, and it only recently occurred to me that it actually used to be an entire building.

Talk about slow on the uptake.

If you know any more about 15 Murray Street and the building that once was, please let me know. I’d love to find out more.

And so to this week’s Find Me Friday . . . where in Hobart is this?

ImageCheck back next week for the answer!

find me friday returns

Way back when I’d just started this blog, almost exactly three years ago, I wrote a post about how much I enjoyed looking up at the old buildings in Hobart (that post is here).

That post inspired me to start what was going to be a regular feature on my blog on Fridays, called Find Me Friday (you can see the first one here).  The idea of this feature was that I’d post a photo of part of a building or sign or some landmark in Hobart and it would be over to you to see if you knew where it was, or if you could find it.

The next Friday I’d post the answer and a new picture for you to identify.

That was the idea anyway.

I think it lasted three or four weeks and then I lost interest.

Or got lazy.

Or something equally as lame.

But today I thought it might be fun to give it another go. I had a great time exploring some of Hobart’s history when I was on leave late last year, and I’ve started looking at some of the old buildings with a renewed interest.

I recently bought myself (thank you family for book vouchers) a copy of a book called Yesterday’s Hobart Today, by Colin Dennison, which was published by the Hobart City Council last year (you can find out about it here). This book has a huge collection of photos of Hobart’s old buildings as they were and as they are now – or of what has replaced them. I’m finding it fascinating to see how much of the character of some the original buildings has been retained and how many of them have been demolished or changed significantly, leaving no trace of what was originally there.

The text was written in 2011, so some of it has been overtaken by recent events, but overall it’s a book I’m really enjoying browsing through and it’s made me want to go and see for myself how some of the buildings have changed.

So, onto Find Me Friday, and I thought I’d start out the new series with something reasonably easy to find.

If you know where this is, post a comment below. Next week I’ll post the answer, and (all being well) a new place for you to find.


find me friday no.4

Finally, the solution to find me friday no.3, which was correctly identified by @samedog as the Tool Shed in the Parliament Lawns. 
There was some suggestion made that the sign on the shed should be shifted to the building in the background, but I’ll leave that for you to decide if that would be appropriate.
This week’s find me friday photo is below. Yes I know it’s Saturday, but I did actually take the photo yesterday, and I did intend to post it last night . . .

find me friday no 4

Do you know where this is? The answer will be revealed in find me friday no.5.