Old Hobart Town is a unique multi-award winning model village depicting life in colonial Hobart. Individually handcrafted with passion by Andrew and John Quick over a three year period, it gives a unique glimpse into the tough life of Australia’s convict past.
This is a “must see” for travellers, be they from interstate or overseas, as it gives a precise visual representation, not only of how Hobart became what it is today, from humble beginnings as a colonial outpost on the other side of the world, but also how modern Australia had its shaky start. The detail is quite unexpected, even down to the people and animals in the streets, the layout of the streets and the buildings depicted are a faithful recreation of what it must have looked like at the time.
Designed and built from actual historical plans, the model village is an accurate representation of Hobart would have looked in the early 1800’s. It shows how the early town differs considerably from the modern city we know now, yet recognisable features and buildings can still be seen.
By allowing visitors to stroll through the village and down existing roads, the feel of the town is greatly magnified. Wandering around the streets of Old Hobart Town forces you to consider what life must have been like, with regards to both the rural aspect that the town would have had back then, and the brutal existence of many of it’s inhabitants.
Walking Around The Village
When you first enter the village you are given a beautifully hand-drawn map of the village which was actually illustrated by Andrew himself. Using this as your personal guide, you are free to wander the streets of early Hobart, taking in how life would have been like all those years ago.
The map indicates where the different areas of the model village relate to modern day Hobart, and well placed signage informs you of the buildings that are still in existence today. It is this transcendence of the times that makes a visit to the model village chillingly realistic. It’s a funny feeling walking down Macquarie Street and looking up Murray Street as it would have been in the 1820’s.
Hobart Rivulet – the river that passes through and under Hobart – is also viewed in a completely new light as you appreciate it’s far greater importance to early settlers. A trip to Old Hobart Town lets you learn and visualise the changes that have taken place to the face of Hobart, and it provides a deeper and more meaningful understanding of Hobart and Australia’s history.
Location: 21A Bridge Street, Richmond. Ph: (03) 6260 2502.
Monday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday – 9:00am – 5:00pm
Open every day except Christmas Day.