About Hobart Historic Tours

About Hobart Historic Tours and our home town
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obart Historic Tours has been operating since 1996. Our aim is to provide a fun and informative experience to visitors who are interested to hear about the local stories and to see how Hobart became what it now is. Our guides are locals and they love to share their passion for Hobart with our guests.

About our team:

Our office team consists of knowledgeable tourism professionals who are most happy to answer any queries you may have. Please contact us on 03 6234 5550 or info@hobarthistorictours.com.au.

Many guides can recite facts and figures about places, however our local guides can provide interpretation in a way that has meaning, that connects you to the story and that leaves you richer for the knowledge you’ve gained.

Meet some of our guides:

Jennifer C.
Travelling to Tasmania in 2015, Jennifer felt she had finally arrived home. Those first impressions of rural landscapes of natural beauty, combined with a deep sense of peace and tranquility provided the impetus to take a new and exciting path, to train in Tour Guiding. Jennifer has a keen interest in genealogy, heritage, Australian early history and architecture and a fascination with the evolving culture of Tasmania. Of particular interest is the vibrant and colourful history of the port of Hobart. Jennifer is a direct descendant of Jacob Bellette who arrived in Hobarton in 1808 and features in St. David’s Park. Jennifer is happy to relate his history as part of the Hobart Historic Walks.

John H.
John was born in Tasmania and has spent most of his life here. He has travelled extensively to many international destinations, his interests include history, art, architecture, bushwalking and sailing. His early Tasmanian ancestors have owned some of the heritage buildings in Hobart, including houses, commercial buildings, and a warehouse in Salamanca Place. The oldest synagogue in Australia was established by one of his ancestors. His roots go deep into the history of Hobart.
As a registered Architect, professional photographer and painter, John has degrees in environmental design and architecture. As an artist, he has exhibited paintings and photography in numerous exhibitions in Tasmania and interstate, including the Glover Prize for Tasmanian landscape painting.
John has a passion for cultural heritage and maritime history and enjoys telling the story of Hobart and Tasmania.

Maggie N.
Maggie’s descendants arrived with the First Fleet 1788, and in Hobart 1838. Tracing their stories has given her an insight into the struggles and fortitude of Tasmania’s early settlers and indigenous people. Maggie has worked with Tourism Commissions at state and national level, specialising in growth sectors including cultural tourism. She has since qualified as a small business trainer and tourism guide, and has always been actively involved in historical and arts activities. Guiding gives her a wonderful opportunity to share with visitors her love of history, particularly how the colony grew and how its spirit is still to be seen in Hobart today.

Barry S.
Barry is a retired teacher with a keen interest in Australian History. He co-authored a book called “Down Wapping”, which pieces together the stories of people who once lived in the area now known as Hunter Street and along the banks of the Hobart Rivulet. He enjoys that guiding enables him to meet people from all around the world and share his love of Hobart with them. Hobart is home to many beautiful old buildings, and Barry loves that the Hobart Historic Walk gives him the opportunity to show these to Hobart’s visitors and share the stories that accompany them. One of his hobbies is seeking out new coffee spots and restaurants around Hobart. He also has a real passion for travel and loves exchanging his stories with others.

Bill B.
Bill is Tasmanian-born, and a descendant of Maria Lord (nee Riseley) who was married to Lt. Edward Lord who was Second in Command of the settlement on the Derwent under Lt-Col David Collins (1804). Bill’s principal employment was with ABC TV and Radio as leading News Anchor for 35 years in Sydney and Hobart and was Guest News Anchor for NBC in Texas and Oklahoma, USA. Also during those 35 years he was the sole commentator for the Anzac Day Parade and Memorial Service, was the anchor and link for the entire Port Arthur Massacre broadcasts worldwide and has also featured in a range of documentary programs. Bill says the best part of tour guiding is meeting amazing guests who have their own stories to tell, especially if there is a connection to Tasmania. The tour he most enjoys is the Grand Hobart Walk as it covers an incredible variety of building styles, with each reflecting the historic changes taking place over the two centuries of Hobart’s existence. Because of his passion for history and research, he is able to populate many of those historic sites with stories of those who went before, making them seemingly come to life.

Peter E.
Peter and his wife moved to Tasmania in 2003. Two years later, Peter decided to retrain and he completed a Tour Guiding course at TAFE. He had found his niche – with a passion for all things Tasmanian – especially the history, he loves telling people as much as he can about our wonderful state. Peter says: “The Hobart Historic Walk is an icon and it is my favourite! I would love to meet you and take you on any of our walking tours.”

John C.
After many walking trips in Tasmania’s wilderness John left his desk job in Adelaide, South Australia, and moved to Tasmania in 2001. After completing a tourism training course majoring in tour guiding, he commenced work with Premier Travel Tasmania, leading tours ranging from short historic walks in Hobart to ten day tours around the island. John enjoys meeting travellers from all around the world and showing them his adopted island home. He still also finds time to walk in wild regions all around the state.

Jennifer H.
Born in Canberra. Jennifer completed 3 Tourism Courses prior to arriving in Tasmania in 2003, and worked as a tour guide in Hobart, since her arrival. Her main Interests are history (medieval to mid-19th Century) cartography, literature, nautical history and art. Having travelled extensively overseas, including living in England for a number of years, and possessing a deep interest in history, on arriving in Tasmania, the latter unfurled Jennifer’s enthusiasm further, with the interesting layered history of the beautiful city of Hobart and she is still discovering more pieces of the historic jigsaw. The Grand Hobart Walk is her favourite, brimming with unfolding stories, taking one back in time, from 1804 and recreating the early settlement of Hobartown, including historic Battery Point. Jennifer sais:”On climbing Kellys Steps, from Salamanca Place, one enters a different world, of quiet and tranquillity, where visitors are taken on a visual journey, embracing a plenitude of 200 years of architectural delights, accompanied by the many stories that bring the historic significance of this village area alive. A gem. Imparting Hobarts’ historic narrative to visitors, is a joy.”

About Hobart:

Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Nestled amongst the foothills of Mt Wellington, Hobart combines heritage charm with a modern lifestyle in a setting of exceptional beauty. It’s no wonder Lonely Planet has called Hobart one of the top ten spots to visit in the world. Enjoy the contrast of elegant heritage sandstone alongside modern architecture. Explore Salamanca Place, a short walk from the waterfront, with its galleries, theatres, craft shops and restaurants in 1830s Georgian warehouses and on Saturdays enjoy the food and entertainment of Salamanca market, one of Australia’s largest and most vibrant outdoor markets.

We look forward to hosting you for a guided walk in Hobart