Highlights of Tasmania, Australia. - Most journey’s to Tasmania will start with its colourful capital Hobart, not only is Hobart the state’s capital, it is also the home of Australia’s convict history. Founded in 1804 as a penal colony, Hobart is Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney. It’s a capital city with a lot of small town charm with calendar of year round festival events & a selection of fine restaurants & excellent organic produce.
Robert Knopwood's diary of Hobart Town's first year begins with the arrival of Lieutenant Governor David Collins and a party of convicts and settlers in February 1804. The diary is an important historical record of the colony's infancy, with descriptions of the landing at Sullivan Cove, the first buildings and the first contacts with the Aboriginal people.
Domain House is a grand neo-Gothic sandstone landmark built in 1848-49. It represents an important part of early colonial education as it originally began its life as the High School Of Hobart Town. The High School was founded in 1848 by a group of leading Presbyterians and Free Churchmen.
The modern history of the Australian city of Hobart (formerly 'Hobart Town', or 'Hobarton') in Tasmania dates to its foundation as a British colony in 1803. Prior to British settlement, the area had been occupied for at least 8,000 years.