Visitors to glimpse Colonial Hobart


The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) has joined together with the Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart to help showcase art in Tasmania during the nineteenth century.

A new gallery at the hotel features work curated from the significant collections of TMAG and the Royal Society of Tasmania (RST).

TMAG and the RST own a valuable collection of Colonial works on paper, however the original art works can only be exhibited on occasion owing to their vulnerability.

The 29 high quality reproduction images now on display in the new Hadley’s Gallery are a wonderful way to make the TMAG and RST collections available to the public.

The art works are mostly views of Hobart and surrounds. The artists include the influential watercolourist John Skinner Prout, his fellow artist and travelling companion Francis Simpkinson de Wesselow, and Louisa Anne Meredith.

The collection of Colonial images tells a unique story about Tasmania’s past which is fittingly told in the convict-built hotel, which has recently undergone a refurbishment inspired by its history.  

TMAG is proud to be partnering with Hadley’s Orient Hotel in this unique collaboration that will highlight Tasmania’s important cultural heritage.

The Hadley’s Gallery is now open to the public 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily at the Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart. Admission is free.