Today we went on an excursion to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and we found out about Hobart’s past. We had to dress up as some convicts and Lt. Collins. We found out that they went to Risdon Cove and then changed to Sullivans Cove because there was fresher water.

There was a lot conflict between the Aborigines and white people. So many people were killed there was 400 Aborigines and 200 British. This was called the black war. The museum’s current café was one of the first brick buildings and part of the museum was covered up with another building and it is now facing Davey St.

When the white people came they came with diseases the Aborigines had not had before so some of them died. We found out that most of the buildings built back then are still there today.

Back then women weren’t allowed to own land or vote. After the women had stopped being convicts most of them had only one option which was to marry. One woman who was really successful was Maria Lord. She married a man in the government and she did all the business and became very wealthy. At one point they sent a dead wombat to England and they thought it was a bear so they put it in a scary pose in a museum.


By Grace and Rosie


Interesting Tasmanian History


Tasmanian history is very INTERESTING.


We learnt that some buildings in Hobart have been about for about 200 years.IMG_0608

When the European people came, lots of Aborigines died because they got different diseases that they had never dealt with before. Their immune systems couldn’t cope with these diseases.


The Aborigines were not very happy when the white people came because they didn’t ask permission. The Aborigines wanted their land back.


We learnt about what the convicts wore, both men and women. Men wore a brown and yellow suit with arrows on it. It was not very fancy. The hat they wore could do many things. The women wore a white apron and a white mob cap with a grey coat.

IMG_0595Women in Van Diemen’s Land were not allowed to own land but men were allowed to own land. Sometimes women had to marry to be able to own land.


The black war was an extremely violent war between the moo wee nee naa people (Aborigine) and the white people.


Sadly the white people won.



Excursion to the museum


Today our class went to the museum and we learnt about Tasmanian and European history. First Dasha now knows that Tasmanian history goes back about 200 years for the white people and it goes back about 40,000 years for the Aboriginals! Dasha also now knows that one of the oldest buildings is joined with the museum itself! Secondly, Nicholas now knows that they had to build out of wood before they could with bricks and mortar. Nicholas now knows that the museum was built around 1820S.


What we learnt at the museum By Jack and Matthew


First of all, the English government caught rule breakers that were otherwise known as convicts, and sent them to Van Diemens Land as punishment for their crimes. We learnt that they did not know most of the animals there. They also built lots and lots of tents and soon after, buildings. They then built bigger and better and fancier buildings and a few graveyards too. The first building built in Hobart was a containment centre. for convicts that was built in 1808.

There was a big war between the Aboriginals and White People. The Aboriginals lost the war and died from foreign diseases. Sullivans Cove came to be known as Hobart Town, Hobarton, or Hobart.IMG_0685


What I learnt on our excursion

I learnt that it took a long time for Hobart to transform from a simple camp to a big city (I sort of already knew).

I also learnt that the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (before it was a museum) was close to the shoreline and had goods stored in the buildings that made up the museum.

I also learnt that many male convicts wore hats that had 2 flaps: they flipped 1 flap down to protect them from the sun, and 2 flaps for rainy days.

I also learnt that TMAG’s basement is an exhibit and has interesting stuff.

Here are some pictures that were taken on the excursion:IMG_0685IMG_0638IMG_0609IMG_0647

Our excursion to TMAG

On our excursion to TMAG, we learnt about what life was like when the British first came to Tasmania. In 1803, Lt John Bowen and a group of convicts travelled to Van Diemen’s Land, settling at Risdon Cove. However, they found that it wasn’t a good place to settle, as there wasn’t much fresh water. So in 1804, a man called Lt Collins took charge, and moved the colony to a place that they called Sullivan’s Cove, where they had access to fresh water. Marquees were built for temporary houses, and supplies were brought to Hunter Island. Convicts were sent to live in tents, and had to build storage rooms such as the Bond Store, which is part of the museum today. They called the settlement Hobart Town, or Hobarton.




Our excursion to the museum

Our excursion to the museum

Today we went on an excursion to TMAG (Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery). We learnt about Tasmanian history.

Things we learnt:-

  • In the 1800s lots of different currency was used and sometimes shops made their own money because there was not yet Australian money
  • Somebody called John Bowen was in charge of the first settlement of the English in Tasmania at Risdon Cove but he was not liked at all by the convicts
  • At Risdon cove there was not enough fresh water so Lt Collins moved then to Sullivans cove
  • When they first settled in Tasmania they used it as a punishment for convicts
  • At Sullivans Cove convicts had to live in tents and storage buildings like the bonds store

Things we did:-

  • We built Hobart town on a floor mat in bird’s eye view
  • We learnt about the native and introduced animals in Tasmania














Our Fun Excursion To The Hobart Museum by Emma and Montana


We had an excursion to the Hobart Museum Art Gallery to learn and discover the history of the land. White people invaded Hobart in 1803 and the houses, cottages and tents they stayed in at Risdon Cove were very small. We saw stuffed animals that were mainly introduced from the British people and came on the ships with the convicts. We then walked upstairs to a room with a bird’s eye view of Sullivans Cove and everyone got a turn of placing down different buildings on the same spots as they were 200 years ago! Some people got to dress up as convicts from a long time ago as well.

We saw and learnt a lot about the timeline of the kinds of buildings and when they were built.IMG_0591

IMG_0682The convict uniforms were brown and yellow and one person from our class got to dress up as one!

We learnt about the tools the white people used to find there way around and they came to Hobart to put there convicts onto the aborigines original land and started using tents. Then they built buildings it was very interesting and fun it was interactive as well!!!

We saw some different furniture and they are very different to now.

Lots of people learnt something and we all had fun.

By Emma & Monty!!! (M.E)

Our day at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery learning about Tasmanian history

IMG_2282 IMG_2275-2lwvuht-150x150[1] IMG_2282 IMG_2278Today we learnt about the history of Hobart when the area around Hobart was settled by the British led by lt John Bowen.  Then a person called Governor Collins who was in charge of the settlement at Port Phillip (now called Melbourne) but the settlement at Port Phillip did not go well so the king of England told Collins to go and take over the settlement at Van Diemen’s land  (Tasmania).  He then came and took over from John Bowen.  Our guide called John showed us how some of the most important buildings in Hobart have been built over time by calling us up one at a time to place buildings on a map of Hobart town.  He then took us to the courtyard of TMAG to show us the convict brick wall.  All the bricks were made by convicts. He then showed us the Bond Store a warehouse from the convict era and we had a look around for  a while.

More blogs to come, telling more stories of Tasmania’s history.