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Richmond

Richmond Bridge

RICHMOND, Campania & Colebrook

RICHMOND is a historic town in the south east of Tasmania. It is easy to access and has many historic buildings, an infamous gaol, a famous bridge, some ancient churches, a lovely river, vine yards and even a model of old Hobart Town to see. There are facilities and accommodation at Richmond. It is situated north east of Hobart.

From the Richmond you are 10 minutes from PONTVILLE, 20 minutes from the HOBART CBD, 30 minutes from NEW NORFOLK, KEMPTON, ORFORD (and MARIA ISLAND) and 60 minutes from HUONVILLE, BRUNY ISLAND, PORT ARTHUR and OATLANDS.

Nearby places are described in the REGION HOBART, PONTVILLE, Mt WELLINGTON, BELLERIVE, NORTH of HOBART, SOUTH of HOBART, BOTANICAL GARDENS, BRUNY ISLAND, HUONVILLE, NEW NORFOLK and KEMPTON information pages.


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FACILITIES: There is a shopping precinct at and accommodation at RICHMOND. There are shops and a petrol pump at Colebrook.

TOURIST information is located at the Oak Lodge, 18 Bridge St, Richmond. The telephone number is (03) 6260 2761 or the contact is www.richmondvillage.com.au

SIGHTS: Richmond is second only to PORT ARTHUR in historic assets. The whole town has a distinct 19th Century ambience about it. Starting at St John's Catholic Church on the hill, walk across the Bridge and then tour Wellington, Bridge and Charles streets. Here you will see numerous Georgian houses. Richmond is quite small, so it is quite easy to explore it in a day visit. The main historic assets of the town are:

ROUTES: The access routes into Richmond are well signed and they are easy to follow. From HOBART CBD Richmond is towards the north east. Turn east off the Brooker Highway at Glenorchy, cross the Bowen Bridge to the eastern suburb of Risdon and continue on C324 Goodwood Road to Richmond.

From the east coast you will approach Richmond on the A3 Tasman Highway. Just north of Sorell turn west onto C351 and follow it into Richmond.

CAMPANIA is reached by driving north from Richmond on B31 for just 7 kilometres. COLEBROOK is a further 20 kilometres down B31.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • RICHMOND
  • The Jail
  • The Model
  • Colebrook
  • Campania

 

Richmond Bridge

1/ Richmond is in south east Tasmania. It is just north of Hobart. This is a close up view of the Richmond Bridge showing its fine stone masonry.

Richmond Bridge

2/ The plaque proclaims that Richmond Bridge is the oldest in all of Australia.

Richmond Bridge

3/ This is a view from the top of the Richmond Bridge looking towards the east of Richmond.

Richmond, Tasmania

4/ This view from Richmond Bridge to the west shows the many still extant Georgian houses in a historic, Georgian streetscape.

Richmond, Tasmania

5/ Further down Bridge Street, Richmond you see more Georgian buildings.

Richmond, Tasmania

6/ These are well preserved Georgian cottages in Wellington Street, Richmond.

Richmond, Tasmania

7/ St John's Catholic Church is positioned on a hill just outside Richmond. It was normal in a Protestant country for the Catholic church to be located outside the town.

Richmond, Tasmania

8/ This is the view to the rear of St John's, Richmond. It showed the classic Catholic decor of the 19th Century.

Richmond, Tasmania

9/ The front of St John's shows classic Catholic statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ.

Richmond, Tasmania

10/ This is the Congregational Church in Bridge Street, Richmond.

 

Richmond Jail

1/ Richmond Jail is in Richmond in south east Tasmania. It is one of the oldest in Tasmania. The walls of Richmond Jail are still quite forbidding, as you can see in this photo.

Richmond Jail

2/ For me it still felt sad to walk through this door into the old convict hell of Richmond Jail.

Richmond Jail

3/ This list gives you some idea of how harsh conditions for convicts really were at Richmond Jail.

jail office

4/ This shows the Richmond Jail Office as seen from the internal exercise yard.

Richmond Jail

5/ This shows a jail door looking into the internal exercise yard of Richmond Jail.

Richmond Jail

6/ This shows the internal court yard of Richmond Jail, where confined prisoners were given their daily exercise.

Richmond Jail

7/ This is the sad view that thousands of convicts saw during their long periods of incarceration at Richmond.

 

Old Hobart Town Model, Richmond, Tasmania

1/ The Old Hobart Town Model is in Richmond in south east Tasmania. This is a street in the Old Hobart Town model. The model gives an insight into what Hobart looked like around 1820. Here we see the simple cottages of the free settlers.

Old Hobart Town Model, Richmond, Tasmania

2/ The quarters of the officers and their families in Old Hobart Town were far superior in size and luxury.

Old Hobart Town Model, Richmond, Tasmania

3/ This section shows the warehouses near the docks of Old Hobart Town.

Old Hobart Town Model, Richmond, Tasmania

4/ This shows the officers quarters of Old Hobart Town showing convicts laboring on a street.

Old Hobart Town Model, Richmond, Tasmania

5/ This is the view towards the Old Hobart Town Church.

Old Hobart Town Model, Richmond, Tasmania

6/ This is looking towards the centre of Old Hobart Town from the area of the free settlers cottages.

old hobart town richmond

7/ This is the view down Argle Street, Old Hobart Town. This same street is very different in modern Hobart today.

 

Colebrook Tasmania

1/ Colebrook is a historic hamlet in south east Tasmania. It is north of Richmond. The hamlet is the site of St Patrick's Catholic Church. This was built between 1855 to 1857, according to the designs of Augustus Pugin. He was England's greatest church designer at this time. The church is regarded as having international significance and is today being restored by the Pugin Foundation.

Colebrook Tasmania

2/ This view shows St Patrick's from the entrance side.

Colebrook Tasmania

3/ Behind St Patrick's, Colebrook is a large graveyard that gives the church a very ancient atmosphere.

Colebrook Tasmania

4/ Colebrook has another fine, Gothic revival church.

Colebrook Tasmania

5/ This is a photo of the entrance of the church at Colebrook, looking west into the setting sun.

Colebrook Tasmania

6/ This is photo shows an interesting Victorian, middle class house in the main street of Colebrook.

Colebrook Tasmania

7/ This photo shows another fine, Victorian era house in the main street of Colebrook.

Colebrook Tasmania

8/ This photo shows an interesting, Victorian era shop.

Colebrook Tasmania

9/ Colebrook has many fine examples of Victorian era cottages, like this one.

Colebrook Tasmania

10/ This photo shows an idyllic, Victorian era farm house on the edge of Colebrook.

Colebrook Tasmania

11/ Colebrook is situated in the picturesque Coal River Valley. This is accessed from B31 Colebrook Road, which is the road to Richmond further south.

 

Campania Tasmania

1/ Campania is a hamlet in south east Tasmania. It is located in the picturesque Coal River Valley just north of Richmond. It is accessed from B31 Colebrook Road.

Campania Tasmania

2/ There is a lovely picnic area near the old school of Campania. Here you can see this fine, modern sculpture of Victorian era school children.

Campania Tasmania

3/ I am guessing that this stone building is the old flour mill of Campania. It was once used as a school and is near the above sculpture.

Campania Tasmania

4/ This fine Victorian era middle class house is near the centre of Campania.

Campania Tasmania

5/ This photo shows a Victorian era shop in Campania.

Campania Tasmania

6/ The Coal River Valley near Campania has large modern farms, as you can see in the photo above.

 

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