South Hobart, Tasmania

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South Hobart
South Hobart is located in Tasmania
South Hobart
South Hobart
Coordinates42°53′33″S 147°18′58″E / 42.89250°S 147.31611°E / -42.89250; 147.31611Coordinates: 42°53′33″S 147°18′58″E / 42.89250°S 147.31611°E / -42.89250; 147.31611
Population5,313 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Hobart
State electorate(s)Clark
Federal Division(s)Clark
Suburbs around South Hobart:
West Hobart West Hobart Hobart
Cascades South Hobart Battery Point
Cascades Dynnyrne Sandy Bay

South Hobart is one of Hobart's southern suburbs. It is bound by Dynnyrne, Fern Tree, West Hobart and the central business district.


South Hobart is home to many of the most beautiful homes in Hobart, including the classical Georgian residence of Milton[2] and the Henry Hunter-designed Ashleigh (which was owned by Alfred Totenhöfer).[3][4]

"The World Heritage-listed Cascades Female Factory Historic Site in South Hobart is Australia’s most significant site associated with female convicts and sits in the shadow of Mount Wellington, a short distance from the Hobart CBD."[5]

"From 1828 to 1856, the Cascades Female Factory operated as a purpose-built institution intended to reform female convicts. More than 5,000 women convicts are known to have spent time here.

The Cascades Female Factory was originally established on the site of a failed rum distillery which was adapted and gradually expanded to comprise five conjoined, rectangular walled yards.

After 1856, the site was used for a variety of institutional purposes before being sold in 1904 and subdivided."[5]

The Cascade Brewery, the oldest brewery in Australia, is located here.[6]

Another landmark is All Saints' Anglican Church. Established in 1858, it is heritage listed.[7] The building was designed by the prominent architect Henry Hunter.[8]

The Church is also renowned for containing a memorial plaque for school teacher and founder of women's cricket in Australia, Lily Poulett-Harris.

South Hobart is also famous for its Keen's Curry sign. Originally, the sign read "VR 60" to mark the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. This was created when the son-in-law of the company's founder "purchased land in the foothills of Mount Wellington, overlooking Hobart, and in 1905 transformed it into a large advertising sign. Heavy stones were collected from the site, painted white and used to form the words 'Keen's Curry' in letters some fifty feet (15 m) high. Public uproar resulted, but Horace won the right to use it as an advertising sign. In June 1926 the familiar landmark briefly changed to read 'Hell's Curse' as a university prank, and students altered it again in 1962 to promote a theatre production. In 1994 the landmark read 'No Cable Car' as a protest against a proposed development. After every change the sign was restored and as of 2012 was still in place."[9]

Sport and culture[edit]

The area is known for its high green vote which is reflected by the existence of a community sustainability network. This is coordinated through a community.[10] There is a strong sense of community, in part created by the suburb's location. It has an active community association - The South Hobart Progress Association Inc. founded in 1922 making it one of the oldest such organisations in Tasmania.[11] All Saints' Anglican Church is today known for being Hobart's centre of Anglo-Catholic worship.[12]

The suburb is home to the very successful South Hobart SC.

Known as 'SoHo (South Hobart) village' by locals.

The Cascade Hotel is host to the weekly Gypsy Jazz Jam session, every Wednesday, for locals and visiting artists.


Upper Macquarie Street Post Office opened on 1 April 1874. It was renamed Cascade Road in 1884 and Hobart South in 1895.[13]


Huon Road runs through South Hobart and is an extension of Davey Street (formerly Holbrook Place). Huon Road used to be named "The Huon Highway" and was the major road to the Huon Valley until the opening of the Southern Outlet during the latter half of the 20th century. Autumn time during the 1950s would see apple trucks continually travelling along this road carting apples to Europe, thus helping Tasmania to earn its title of "The Apple Isle".[14]

A refuse tip is located here within McRobies Gully.

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "South Hobart (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 March 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Aussie Heritage - Milton". Retrieved 19 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Totenhofer family tree". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  4. ^ Le Sage, David (2020). Refugees for God: a Genealogy of the Le Sage Family (with Additional Genealogies of the Williams, Totenhöfer, Wallace and Carlsen Families).
  5. ^ a b "Cascades Female Factory Historic Site". Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Cascade Brewery Co – Brewed on the edge of the earth". Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Heritage listings in South Hobart". Archived from the original on 16 August 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  8. ^ McDonald, D. I. Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  9. ^ Davies, Lynn. Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 31 May 2016 – via Australian Dictionary of Biography.
  10. ^ "2007 Federal Election Results for Cascades (South Hobart)".
  11. ^ "South Hobart Progress Association Inc". Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  12. ^ "All Saints Church, South Hobart". Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  13. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Tasmania in Photographs - Along Huon Road". Retrieved 19 August 2008.