The final Work contract.In Tasmania of course.

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Then a part of the river that is not quite as interesting. Though the Captain kept it interesting with his commentary.
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The exit of the tail race of the Trevallyn Power Station.
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These pipelines were installed after a major flood from the North Esk river to here to try and alleviate the flooding risk in Invermay. I believe it was the 1929 flood.
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The East Tamar highway.
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The Grammar School rowing club and the school on the hill. The school was founded in 1846 and is the oldest continually operating Independent school in Australia. The current site opened in 1924. Some famous old boys including 3 Tasmanian Premiers and 1 QLD Premier. But for AFF the 2 most important would be Sir Hudson Fysh and David Warren inventor of the Flight Data Recorder. But to me it is my twin David Boon.
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Lots of birds.
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The Grammar School rowing club and the school on the hill. The school was founded in 1846 and is the oldest continually operating Independent school in Australia.

Not quite. It outdates an independent school in Hobart by a few months - but Launceston closed for a while during either WW1 or WW2. So Hobart gets the "longest continuously operating" gong. :)
 

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Not quite. It outdates an independent school in Hobart by a few months - but Launceston closed for a while during either WW1 or WW2. So Hobart gets the "longest continuously operating" gong. :)
Indeed it is.Christ College is the oldest tertiary institution in Australia and operates now as a residential college of UTAS. It also closed for 6 years in the late 1800s for financial reasons. So Launceston Grammar is the oldest continually operated Indepent school in Australia.

Newcastle East public School is the oldest school in Australia - 1810. The Kings school Parramatta is the oldest Independent school - 1830 but it also closed for a while in the 1860s again due to financial reasons.
Launceston Grammar did close for a time in 1919 but that was because the Government closed all schools due to the Spanish Flu.
 

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Not Christ College, Hutchins School :). It didn't close during Spanish Flu, but operated "by correspondence" for 2 weeks. :) Everything old is new again!
 
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Not Christ College, Hutchins School :). It didn't close during Spanish Flu, but operated "by correspondence" for 2 weeks. :) Everything old is new again!
Close but no bananas. Both were established in 1846. So an easy way to check was to google their 175 year anniversaries. Launceston Grammar was on 16/6 and Hutchins on 31/7.
So Launceston Grammar is the oldest continually operating Independent school in Australia whilst Hutchins calls itself one of the oldest continually operating Independent schools in Australia.
 

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Close but no bananas. Both were established in 1846. So an easy way to check was to google their 175 year anniversaries. Launceston Grammar was on 16/6 and Hutchins on 31/7.
So Launceston Grammar is the oldest continually operating Independent school in Australia whilst Hutchins calls itself one of the oldest continually operating Independent schools in Australia.

Well, we'll have to disagree. No argument that Grammar was established a bit before Hutchins. The operative word is 'continuously'; it may need a bit of a strict use of the word, but thats our story and we're sticking to it. 😝
 

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Now one thing I have learnt since I began work in Tasmania 15 years ago is the parochialism. The people in Burnie don't like the people in Devonport who don't like the people in Launceston who don't like the people in Hobart who don't like the rest of Tasmania. Now that is partly in jest but there is definitely a rivalry between Hobart and Launceston but the proof of this little argument is in the respective school websites. Launceston claims on it's website that it is the longest continually operating Indepent school whereas Hutchins claims it is one of the longest continually operating Independent schools.

But as to your last point.The shutdown due to the pandemic was a government order so remaining open would be illegal so maybe Launceston Grammar should claim to be the longest legally continuing operating Independent school in Tasmania. ;)
 

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Now one thing I have learnt since I began work in Tasmania 15 years ago is the parochialism.

The fact that Tas in its official covid bulletin breaks down the cases/hospitalisation into South, North and North-west no doubt hasn't escaped your attention 🤣 :cool: . Now we know that that mirrors the three hospitals (or 4; 2 in the NW) but to me it still looks a bit funny.

Tas has about 8 independent schools, but the rivally that matters has always been Grammar Vs Hutchins, especially in sport. Unfortunately (from one perspective ;)) Grammar has had a couple of national champions in the past decade 🤬. But they have also had a parents revolt against a very unpopular Headmaster. The 'Urchins are nearly always the champions in rowing, which suits me.
 

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Continuing down the river-
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We come to Tamar Island.
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The Captain told us during the 1800s this was used as a cattle property but a lot of the trees here were planted as replacements for those in the Royal Botanic gardens so if one of their trees died they could easily replace them. I couldn't verify that story.
However in more modern times it has also been used as a quarantine station for animals andthat is, I believe, correct. This wharf is used then.
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Over the river is a large Black Angus stud which has been owned by the Archer family for well over a century.
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Down river from here is more interesting and settled most of the way.This belongs to one of the first Italian families in the area and they have olives.
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Some impressive properties.
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And a property that recently sold for several million that is proposed to become a luxury resort complete with jetty.
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And on we go.
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We begin to turn.
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The Rosevears hotel.
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The historic St.Matthias church at Windamere which is directly across the river from the Rosevears hotel.The oldest surviving Anglican church in Northern Tasmania and the oldest rural Anglican Church in Tasmania. It nearly didn't survive as it was put up for sale by the Anglican Church to fund it's contribution to the national redress scheme. The parishioners though raised the money to buy the church back.
St Matthias’ Church is still living on a prayer
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A few shots going back to Launceston.
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We then got a trip into Cataract Gorge. Ahead the historic Ritchies Mill now the home of Stillwater restaurant and lodgings.
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We pass some Kayaks.These are peddle powered and are based at the Seaport.Our son and family went on them the next day and thought it was a really good trip.
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Then my current office.
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Not as grand as some of it's neighbours.
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More of Trevallyn.
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A stream that used to run through South Launceston. All underground now. DSC08397.JPG .

Some of the fishing fleet. mostly down near Beauty Point or Georgetown.
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The toll house. When the pathway to the Basin was first constructed and the basin transformed from a swamp to something like it is today people were charged a 1 penny entrance fee.It took a few years but was paid back.
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And i believe the toll keepers residence. it is now used by the Council to house it's artist in residence scheme.
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