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24-October-2016 (Peter F Williams)
24-October-2016 (Peter F Williams)

Photographs supplied by Kent Watson / Graeme Saunders / Peter F Williams / Fiona Morrison

The monument commemorates 150 years of European settlement in Hobart which was founded in 1804 by Lieutenant Collins. 

A plaque was added in 2004 on the 200th anniversary and lists the names of the first settlers. It also acknowledges the Mouheneenner People as original custodians of the land. 

The first European settlement in the Hobart area began in 1803 as a penal colony and a defensive outpost at Risdon Cove, officially named Hobart on the eastern shores of the Derwent River. This was undertaken under British concerns over the presence of French explorers in the South Pacific.  It began as a collection of tents and huts, with a population of 178 convicts, 25 marines, 15 women, 21 children, 13 free settlers and 10 civil officers.

In 1804 the settlement was moved was moved to a better location which was named "Hobart's Town" at the present site of Hobart at Sullivans Cove, making it the second oldest city in Australia.



Address:Hunter Street, Constitution Dock, Hobart, 7000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -42.881761
Long: 147.335538
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Actual Event Start Date:19-February-1804
Actual Event End Date:19-February-1954


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 20th February, 1954
Front Inscription

1804   1954


This memorial erected to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of Hobart was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second on 20th February 1954.


Persons victualled at Port Phillip and / or the River Derwent 
17th October 1803 to 31st December, 1804.  

Recorded by Lieutenant Colonel David Collins
Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land  
[ Names ]

Hobart Town (1804) First Settlers Association
20th February 2004.

This memorial stands on the traditional land of the Mouheneenner People the original custodians of this site.

Back Inscription

Lieut-Colonel David Collins, Royal Marines, as Lieut-Governor, was commissioned in 1803 by Lord Hobart, Secretary of State, to establish a settlement at Port Phillip in the Territory of New South Wales, under the direction of Governor Philip Gidley King.

Lt-Col. Collins removed the settlement to the Derwent and landed at Risdon Cove on February 16, 1804.  Then he chose a suitable site at Sullivan Cove.  

There H. M. Brig. the "Lady Nelson" and the "Ocean" anchored on February 19,1804. near this spot, on Hunter Island.  Lt-Col. Collins went ashore and founded Hobart.

Source: MA
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