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Richmond

Richmond Bridge

RICHMOND, Campania & Colebrook

RICHMOND is a historic town in the south east of Tasmania just north east of Hobart. 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 large shopping precinct at and much accommodation at RICHMOND. There are also shops and a petrol pump at nearby 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 with whole Georgian streetscapes. This is the result of a historic accident. Richmond developed rapidly after 1823, as the main link between Hobart and Port Arthur. However, in 1872 the Sorell Causeway was built and traffic then avoided Richmond, leaving it frozen in time.

To tour Richmond you can start at the St John's Catholic Church on the hill then walk across the Bridge and tour Wellington, Bridge and Charles streets. Here you will see numerous Georgian buildings. Richmond is quite small, so it is quite easy to explore it in a day visit. It has many shops, eating venues and much accommodation. 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
  • Scottish
  • The Jail
  • The Model
  • Colebrook
  • Campania

 

Richmond

1/ Richmond is in south east Tasmania. It is just north east of HOBART. It is the best preserved, historic town in Tasmania. The area was settled from 1805 and it has whole streetscapes that date back to the mid 19th Century. T*his is Richmond Bridge. It is the oldest bridge in Australia.

Richmond Bridge

2/ Richmond Bridge was built in 1823. It spans the Coal River, which was named after the coal that was discovery near it. It has a stately, historic ambience about it.

Richmond Bridge

3/ This image shows the well constructed arches spanning the Coal River. It was built by convicts to link Hobart Town with Port Arthur.

Richmond

4/ This is the historic Mill House Cottage. It is adjacent to the Bridge. The lush vegetation around it, give it a strong ambience of history. It is now used for accommodation.

Richmond Mill Cottage

5/ This is another view of the Mill House Cottage showing its clean, Georgian style architecture.

Richmond St John's Catholic Church

6/ This is the St John's Catholic Church. It was built in 1836 and is the oldest Catholic church in Australia. It stands proudly on a hill just north of the Richmond Bridge.

Richmond St John's Catholic Church

7/ This is another view of St John's. It is a great example of the Gothic Revival style of the late 19th Century. The Celtic cross on the roof proudly proclaims it to be Irish and Catholic.

Richmond St John's Catholic Church

8/ This image shows the full view of the St John's Church.

Richmond St John's Catholic Church

10/ This is the interior of the St John's Church. It shows the classic decore of 19th Century Catholic churches.

Richmond St John's Catholic Church cemetery

11/ Behind St John's Church is a large cemetery.

Richmond Bridge Cottage

12/ This is the restored Bridge Cottage. It now provides accommodation.

 Richmond Arms Hotel

13/ This is the historic, Richmond Arms Hotel. It has a well preserved dining room, which now offers first class cuisine.

 Richmond Congregational Church

14/ This is the Congregational Church. It was built in 1873 and replaced an earlier chapel built in 1845. Unfortunately, a large tree spoils the view of this church from Bridge Street.

 Richmond Saddler's Court

15/ This is Saddlers Court. It is a Georgian shop that is now an art gallery.

 Richmond Saddler's Court

16/ This is another view of the Saddler's Court shop. The porch is no longer horizontal.

 Richmond Lafayette

17/ This view looks down Bridge Street, which is the main street of Richmond. The white building is Lafayette and beyond it is Ashmore.

 Richmond Lafayette

18/ This is Lafayette. It is a large, Georgian style shop that is now an antique shop.

 Richmond Czeg's Cafe

19/ This is Czeg's Cafe. It has been converted from a Georgian home into a cafe. There are now (2018) thirteen dining venues in Richmond.

Richmond

20/ This is another view down Bridge Street. It shows the stylish, Anthuna BB.

 Richmond Anthuna BB

21/ This is another view of the Anthuna Cottage. It gives you a good idea as to what Georgian style cottages looked like in the 19th Century.

 Richmond Ashmore

22/ This is Ashmore House on Bridge Street. It now offers fine dining. It is a very good example of a substantial, Georgian shop and home.

 Richmond Ashmore

23/ This is another view of Ashmore House.

 Richmond Village Store

24/ This is the Richmond Village Store. It looks like it has been a continuous grocery store since the 19th Century. Richmond boasted having 22 shops in 2018.

 Richmond

25/ This view looks towards the end of Bridge Street. It shows the Vintage on Bridge, which is an antique shop.

 Richmond Peppercorn Cottage

26/ This Georgian cottage has been converted into the Peppercorn Gallery. It now offers fine arts and crafts.

 Richmond cottage

27/ This is another cottage that has been converted into a craft shop. It shows how attractive these cottages can be, when they are properly restored.

 Richmond Emerald Cottage

28/ This is the Emerald Cottage. It is a good example of a more substantial cottage and still retains its ancient stable at the back.

Richmond cottages

29/ Not all the historic houses of Richmond have been restored. These two cottages on Bridge Street are awaiting restoration efforts by new owners.

 Richmond St Luke's Church

30/ This is the St Luke's Anglican Church. It was built in 1834 and is located close to the Richmond Gaol. Note the clock tower. In the 19th Century most people did not own time pieces.

 Richmond

31/ This image shows the view from near the Richmond Gaol towards St Luke's. There was a very 19th Century ambience about the vista.

 Richmond school

32/ This is the Richmond State School. It dates from 1835 and is the oldest state school still in use in Australia.

 Richmond Oak Lodge

33/ This is Oak Lodge. It dates from 1830 and now houses a historic display.

 Richmond Oak Lodge stables

34/ This is the ancient stable at the back of Oak Lodge. It is built out of split planks, as machine cut timber was not available at this time in Richmond.

 Richmond Bellevue House

35/ This Georgian house opposite Oak Lodge is called Bellevue House. It dates from 1839.

 Richmond

36/ This is another Georgian house near St Luke's. It shows how these ancient houses can still be comfortable residences.

 Richmond

37/ There was quite a variety of restored residences in Richmond. This one shows how comfortable and attractive they can be, when they are fully restored.

 

Richmond Highlands Festival

1/ Every February the St Andrews Society holds the Highland Festival in Richmond. Bagpipe and other bands, plus Scottish dancers compete. The festival is a celebration of all things Scottish. Here we see the Hobart Highland Pipe Band proudly marching past in their stylish, red tartan kilts.

Richmond Highlands Festival

2/ This image shows the full band proudly marching forward.

Richmond Highlands Festival

3/ This image shows the Tasmanian Police Pipe Band proudly marching onto the Green. In the background you can see one of the stores that sold Scottish memorabilia.

Richmond Highlands Festival

4/ This image shows the Police band proudly marching down the Green.

Richmond Highlands Festival

5/ This image shows the St Andrews Calidonian Pipe Band marching by. Note the key role in coordinating the band played by the band master with his baton.

Richmond Highlands Festival

6/ This image shows the full band proudly marching by. Note how every band had a distinct tartan kilt and attire.

Richmond Highlands Festival

7/ After marching in each band formed a circle and performed their songs.

Richmond Highlands Festival

8/ The Hatters, who are an English Morris dancing group, also performed some lively dances.

Richmond Highlands Festival

9/ A number of other bands also performed stirring music.

 

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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