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about Hobart

Hobart is the state capital of Tasmania, Australia's island state.

Hobart geography

Hobart is located on the estuary of the Derwent River in the state's south-east. The CBD is located on the western shore, adjacent to Sullivan's Cove, with the inner suburbs nestled into the hills at the foot of Mount Wellington (approximately 1270 metres high).

The suburban areas cover a significant amount of both the western and eastern sides of the river. Apart from the city, the suburbs are centred around Glenorchy (the northern suburbs) and Rosny (the eastern shore). The satellite town Kingston, south of the city, is fast becoming an outlying suburb of Hobart. Other surrounding towns such as Lauderdale and New Norfolk are popular residential areas for commuters.

Hobart history

Hobart is the second-oldest city in Australia (after Sydney). Amid British concerns over the presence of French explorers, the first settlement was started in 1803 as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the eastern shores of the Derwent River. In 1804 it was moved to a better location at the present site of Hobart at Sullivan's Cove. The area's original inhabitants were members of the semi-nomadic Mouheneer tribe. A series of bloody encounters with the Europeans and the effects of diseases brought by the settlers forced away the aboriginal population, which was rapidly replaced by free settlers and the convict population.

Charles Darwin visited Hobart Town in February 1836 as part of the Beagle expedition. He writes of Hobart and the Derwent estuary in his Voyage of the Beagle

But since the Derwent River was one of Australia's finest deepwater ports and was the centre of the Southern Ocean whaling and seal trade, it rapidly grew into a major port, with allied industries such as ship-building. Hobart Town became a city in 1842, and was renamed Hobart in 1875.

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