Battery Point

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DISTANCES: Hobart Urban

CLASSIFIED HISTORIC VILLAGE

One of Hobart’s greatest charms is the city’s old world atmosphere.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the inner-city suburb of Battery Point, first settled in 1804, and neighbouring Salamanca Place. The area takes its name from the battery of guns established in 1818 on the promontory of land, close to the site of the present CSIRO Oceanographic laboratories on Castray Esplanade sections of which still stand. Two of the original houses still standing; Stowell and Secheron were built in 1831, and Narryna; now a colonial museum, in 1836. By the 1850’s, Battery Point had become a mariner’s village. Tiny workers’ cottages were crammed, amid the grand mansions of the wealthy merchants. The almost toylike Arthur Circus circling its ‘village green’ in the shadow of the mansion Lenna is an example of this. Lenna is now an award-winning hotel.

Between 1835 and 1850 the delightful Georgian warehouses lining Salamanca Place were built. This was a principal area of waterfront activity when transport by sea was still supreme and Salamanca Place drew sailors and whalers from around the world.

Their thirsts were quenched in a host of pubs, some of which still serve today’s visitors - particularly around New Year, when Hobart is the focal point for the yachting world, hosting the finishes of the Sydney-Hobart bluewater classic and the ‘Westcoaster’ Melbourne-Hobart race.

The area is a treasure trove of colonial architecture containing such gems as the original Customs House, now Tasmania’s Parliament House; the John Lee Archer designed St George’s Church, and Government buildings on Castray Esplanade but Battery Point and Salamanca Place are much more than a museum of colourful past.