Monday, February 28, 2011

Hey Taroona!, Tasmania

 Hey everyone-

this morning on our Feeddjit app I noticed we have a viewer from Taroona, Tasmania!
I have to say, that is one of the most unique places I have seen scroll by on the Archaen site!
Whoever you are- hey! This is Ryan in America (in Albuquerque, New Mexico)- welcome to Archaen Ministries! Feel free to leave a comment- follow us- or even tune into our Live show called SpeakEasy- it airs live every Saturday at 6pm mountain standard time- you can listen at (so long as it isnt some weird hour waaay too early in the morning. Do you go to the Baptist church in town? What is Taroona like?

I think, in appreciation of all our international viewers I'll pick a place that catches my eye and make a post about it from now on (so long as I have time and remember to do it...)

Here's what has to say about it:

Taroona, Tasmania

Postcode: 7053
Coordinates: 42°56′53″S 147°20′56″E / 42.94806°S 147.34889°E / -42.94806; 147.34889Coordinates: 42°56′53″S 147°20′56″E / 42.94806°S 147.34889°E / -42.94806; 147.34889
LGA: Kingborough
Federal Division: Denison
Suburbs around Taroona:
Mount Nelson Sandy Bay Derwent River

Taroona Derwent River

Bonnet Hill Derwent River
Taroona (an Aboriginal word meaning sea-shell, specifically that of a 'Chiton') is a major residential suburb approximately 15 minutes drive from the centre of Hobart, Tasmania on the scenic route between Hobart and Kingston. Although on the edges of the City of Hobart, Taroona is actually part of the municipality of Kingborough.


Traditional Owners

The traditional owners of the lands now known as Taroona were the Aboriginal people of the Derwent estuary. Relatively little is known about the indigenous people's use of these lands, although some shell middens are said to have been found along the shorelines.[1]

European Settlement

The first European settlement of the area now knows at Taroona took place in the early 19th century, when land was granted to settlers who had relocated from Norfolk Island. For the remainder of that century, the area was largely used for farming, and was sparsely populated. In the first half of the 20th century, more large and elegant residences were built, as well as beach shacks and cottages which were used for seaside holidays by the residents of Hobart.[1]
After WWII, significant subdivision of Taroona was undertaken, and the suburb's population rapidly expanded. Having been developed mainly in the "era of the automobile", Taroona was from the beginning a commuter suburb, and it has a notable absence of commercial or retail premises, with not even local corner stores servicing most of the area to this very day![1]

Establishment of Taroona High School

In 1958 a Public High School was established on a large parcel of land between the Channel Highway and the foreshore of the Derwent River about 300 m away. In 1960 the Taroona Primary School re-located to the same site, from an older building further south on the Channel Highway. The original primary school buildings were adapted for kindergarten and pre-school, but were burnt down in 1974. The kindergarten and pre-school was re-built adjacent to the primary school.
Together they now form the Taroona Learning Centre, which caters for grades K-10. The schools share the use of some facilities such as 2 ovals, a gym, and the Learning Centre.
Originally the high school catered for grades 7-11, but with the establishment of the separate Matriculation College system in 1962? the grade 11 students were transferred to the Hobart Matriculation College. At its maximum the enrolments at Taroona High School were about 1200 in the 1960s, with students travelling from Ferntree, South Hobart, Sandy Bay, Battery Point, Kingston, Blackmans Bay and several centres further south.
There are now approximately 700 students in the high school. The current Principal is David Hamlett

1967 Bushfires

In February 1967, southern Tasmania was engulfed in the most vicious wildfires on record, resulting in many deaths. Taroona was the closest suburb to the city of Hobart to take the full brunt of the fires, which swept across the suburb in the mid afternoon, wreaking havoc, and destroying many homes. Children and residents fled to the river, and many people's survival was due to the refuge the safe waters provided.[1]

Notable Persons

Taroona was the childhood home of Tasmanian-born Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, who attended the river-side Taroona High School before completing her High Schooling at Mount Nelson's Hobart College and embarking on her tertiary degree at the University of Tasmania.[citation needed].
David Bartlett, the current Tasmanian premier (2008), was also raised in Taroona.

Shot Tower

The Taroona shot tower
Situated on the Channel Highway is one of the State's most historic buildings, the Shot Tower. The Shot Tower is a 48 m (157 ft) tall, 10 m (32 ft) in diameter circular sandstone tower constructed by Joseph Moir in 1870 from locally quarried sandstone blocks. Lead shot was made by dropping molten lead through a sieve at the top of the tower and by the time it hit the water at the bottom it was cold and spherical in shape. A climb up 118 steps to the top of the tower gives a wonderful view of the Derwent Estuary.[2]

Truganini Reserve

Just before reaching Taroona is the Truganini Reserve, named after the woman cited (with some contention) as the last surviving "full-blooded" Tasmanian Aboriginal. A steep track leads from the reserve through forest up the side of Mount Nelson to the semaphore station at the summit that offers superb views over the Derwent River. The return walk takes around an hour and a half.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d "Taroona 1808-1986, Farm Lands to a Garden Suburb" Taroona Historical Group, 1988
  2. ^ Guide to Tasmania's Historic Places - Shot Tower Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Retrieved November 14, 2006

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