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Melton Mowbrary, in the Southern Midlands, where the road to Bothwell joins the main highway. Originally known as Crossmarsh. That is the area was known at Crossmarsh. Then the guy who built the hotel (in the 1850s) named it (or his property) after his birthplace in the UK and that name was picked up for the area.

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The metal silhouettes entertain travellers along the Midlands Hwy (between Tunbridge & Kempton) but even if you're deliberately looking for them, it is hard to see more than a handful each trip. Some of them are easier to see from one direction than the other.

On this trip from Hobart to Launceston we found fourteen of them (and missed two).

Stage coach - 2

Boarding the stage coach (and patting the horses): southern entrance to Kempton.

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Pontville, on the Midlands Highway, just north of Brighton. The most noticeable features being the bridge and the hotel.

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A little collection of photos I like to call "Photos taken from a car travelling along the Midlands Hwy while the sun was setting" because, well they are, except for two. :) I took them because the light was interesting. Other than this first one, they're presented in the order they were taken, from 6.50 pm to 7.50 pm.

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Campbell Town is on the Midlands Hwy.


If you clicked on the link you'd find out that

"Campbell Town is a major pastoral and tourist centre in the Northern Midlands, originally established in 1821 by Governor Macquarie as one of the four garrison town and probation stations between Hobart and Launceston.

"Campbell Town, and the Elizabeth River, which runs through it (previously known as Relief Creek), was named by Macquarie after his wife, Elizabeth Campbell."

If you're heading south, it's the last town on the actual highway until you're almost in Hobart. And if you're heading north, it's the first town after a long drive with no towns along the highway. So it's a popular stopping place. It's about 132 km from Hobart and 41 miles from Launceston.

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I uploaded some photos from trip to Hobart earlier in the month but they were the wrong ones. But, um, you can still look at them, right?

They're just some taken from the bus on the way home. (Actually, some were taken on the way down but I've cleverly mixed them in so you won't be able to tell which are which!)

Not forgetting link to my map :)

Starting with hotel at Pontville. Crown Inn, 1835, I'm assuming it was a coaching inn originally.

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This is about the Midlands Highway, that bit of road running from Launceston to Hobart and back again, so I can work out what I have already written about and provide some context for future posts. It has a map, which links to a bigger map. Its not a very fancy map but it's mine. And there are notes on the towns.

After the cut because the map is long & skinny so it might mess up Friends pages. )


Apr. 22nd, 2009 10:00 pm
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Sun setting on Midlands.

From long shadows.

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Fire path

Mar. 19th, 2009 04:06 pm
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Going down to Hobart in February, I took some photos of the area a bushfire had run through a week earlier. Thought it was early morning and raining on and off so they're a bit weird :)


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Just to show it does rain in the Southern Midlands

And also in Ross )
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Photos: I haz them!

*satisified noises*


And I don't care that most people reading this neither know nor care where or what it is :)

Well, maybe a little bit. )

To Hobart

Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:27 pm
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Saturday, we had to leave for Hobart at sometimethatdoesn'treallyexist am because the gun show opened at 9 am and we needed time beforehand to set up. So some early morning photos.


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A scattering of photos from the Midlands Military Meet at Campbell Town last weekend. Being the first one, it was a small event but we hope to grow it for next time. I'm not sure where this 'we' came from :)

There was a big metal shed that doubled as the Dealer's Hall and Exhibition Hall. Outside was a large dirt arena, where the live displays (enacting?) took place, and a scattering of displays around the outside (the Army and a collection of military vehicles). A small event is probably more social and relaxed than a larger gathering, but it puts extra pressure on those exhibitors that were there. I think both the WW2 group and the Light Horse did 3 displays each of the three days (or 2 on the last day) which was quite demanding, and it's hard being a dealer when it's quiet. (It's also hard being a dealer when you have more customers can you can deal with at once, but that's the sort of hard one can live with.) It has the potential to grow though, especially now that there is material available (photos!) to promote the next one in 2010.

(And if anyone reading this is interested in taking part or knows someone who might be...)

WW2 - 1

Uh oh, German invasion.

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It can play games with your head though. On the Saturday morning, I came out of the pavilion while everyone was setting up, and saw two medievalish characters walking past some Word War II soldiers. I'm used to one twist on reality -- whether it's an old house or a replica ship or people in period costume against a modern backdrop -- but multiple twists can be jolting at first.

One very obvious thing missing from the photos is sound. The running commentary, the bang of the big guns, the pop-pop-pop of the smaller guns. You'd be standing in the pavilion talking with a dealer and suddenly World War erupts outside :)
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Here we have a sheep paddock

Paddock, with sheep

with an empty house in it.


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A side trip, to the hill behind the older part of town.

Through a gate

Penalty For Not Closing Gates 10

Penalty For Not Closing Gates ?10
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So I lied :)

The Ross Bridge is on the southern access road, although once part of the highway. It was built in 1836, at the request of Lt Gov Arthur, and is another design by architect by John Lee Archer (maybe I should add a tag for his creations?). The two men responsible for building it, as both stonemasons and overseers, were highwayman Daniel Herbert and burglarJames Colbeck. Herbert's name is still well known Colbeck though has faded into relative obscurity, and when he does get a mention, he's often called John. Both did get a pardon a few years latter though.

Bridge from south

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The best known, and probably most photographed, feature in Ross is the Bridge. As there are so many photos already on the web, you can look at them instead of me putting some up.
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Some photos of buildings today, and then I'll get onto the interesting stuff. :)

Street from bridge

Along Bridge St, being the street leading from the Bridge. Military Barracks.
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Ross sits beside the Midlands Hwy, not quite halfway between Launceston and Hobart, and just south of the Line. At the time of the second settlement in the north, the island was divided into two: Cornwall in the north, Buckingham in the south. Folk history puts the line along the 42nd latitude, and Ross is at 42°01' S. Nowadays, the (unofficial) dividing line between north & south is at Oatlands, the next town down the road.

With a settlement at each end of the island, there was soon travel between north and south. From Highway in Van Diemen's Land, by Hawley Stancombe, "Wentworth wrote in 1819 of the track between Hobart and Launceston worn by carts and stock regularly passing between the two towns, but winding about so much that it was probably a hundred and sixty miles long. [Today it's closer to 124 miles] Major Thomas Bell of the 48th Regiment was therefore commissioned in 1821 to construct portions of the road from the capital to Port Dalrymple."

1821 is the same year, according to Parks & Wildlife, that Ross was a declared a town, although there'd been a garrison there from a few years earlier.

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If you go down the Midlands Highway, the main road between Launceston and Hobart, you'll probably notice a number of bronze silhouettes along the road of the road. There's about half a dozen on them, and you never seem to be able to see all of them on any trip. Difficult to catch on camera in a moving vehicle too.

This year, more were added and, even better, I've managed to get some photos of them already!
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