A History of South Hobart

“In its early days, South Hobart was a working-class suburb, with a pub on every corner and a population who worked hard and played hard. Today, its residents value South Hobart for its beauty, friendliness and sense of community. Close to central Hobart, it is also close to nature in its prime position beneath Mount Wellington.

Written by award-winning Historian and author Alison Alexander, this book brings the history of South Hobart to life through the stories of its residents – convict women at the grim female factory; gentlefolk who inhabited grand mansions; publicans who tried to keep their unruly patrons in check; a cricketer whose run record has never been broken. South Hobart produced woodcutters, shopkeepers, artists, nurses, eccentrics, war heroes, and a fair assortment of villains.

Fights over water rights, pub brawls and runaway coaches may have been left behind in the 19th century, but South Hobart residents showed their mettle in fighting the devastating 1967 bushfires, and rebuilding South Hobart into the vibrant community it is today.”

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