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The New Wharf, Port of Hobart, Tasmania, ca. 1868

Historical Information

TAS005.01 The New Wharf. Tasmania, Australia ca. 1868Description: The New Wharf.

Location: Tasmania, Australia


Our Catalogue Reference: Part of CO 1069/621.

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By the late 1820s the Old Wharf, located at the foot of Hunter Street, could no longer could bear the sheer number of ships frequently travelling in and out of the harbour. For this reason, in 1830, the government agreed to undertake the construction of a new wharf to help alleviate the traffic and congestion.

The New Wharf, as it came to be known, quickly became one of the busiest whaling ports globally and as Tasmania’s export trade expanded, the warehouses along the dockside quickly took shape to cater to the increasing demand.

Hundreds of convicts were used to quarry the cliffs behind Salamanca Place, cut the stones, and build the row of sandstone warehouses that we see today along Salamanca Place.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

ca. 1868

The New Wharf, Port of Hobart

Taken in the late 1860s, the photograph depicts a panoramic view from the Old Wharf/Ocean Pier. Colourised and enhanced, the photo shows several ships anchored at the ever-growing New Wharf and a view of Battery Point in the background.

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