Back in Tassie (8) – our heritage South of Launceston
Because Tasmania is an island, it has grown and developed more slowly than the mainland Australian states. As a result, much more of its early to mid 19th century Georgian architecture has survived on country estates and in its towns and cities. Brisbane and Perth are notorious among Australian cities for the extent to which they have failed to maintain much of an obvious architectural link with their past. Their city fathers have chosen to flaunt their modernity – to the sadness of many and loss of much of irreplaceable value.
On our road “swing” through Tasmania last April, we spent some very pleasant hours in Evandale, a rural and National Trust listed heritage town south of Launceston, at Clarendon, a property a little further south, and in the town of Ross, still further south. Both the towns and the agricultural estate are typical of the graceful architecture that adorns so much of Tasmania. All were born of the suitability of Tasmania’s inland plains for sheep farming which sprang up beginning in the very early 1800s. Many of these first settlers flourished and became wealthy, as did the towns that supported the farms.
There are good websites about the history and special features of Evandale, Clarendon House, and Ross. Let me try to pass on some of the enjoyment with a few of our photos.