Tag convicts

25 Sep

Tasmanian Restoration – luxury hotel in Historic House

  It is not every day that someone reimagines an historic house restoration as a luxury Tasmanian hotel.   Captain Roadknight constructed Woodbridge in the early 1800’s and it was completed in 1825.   To understand the building, one first must understand the building techniques of the time.   Convicts built Woodbridge using handmade low-fired […]

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23 Aug

The Nightingale the movie came to the Woodbridge

  Back in 2016, the cast of The Nightingale the movie (2018) stayed at Woodbridge during filming. The film is set in colonial Tasmania and this scene was filmed largely in the Derwent Valley. It was  shot in the wilderness surrounding nearby Mount Field and in the isolated farmland in the hills behind us.   […]

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14 Jan

Finding Lewis

When we were restoring Woodbridge we uncovered many wonderful details of the house, but by far my favourite memory was finding Lewis. I was quite pedantic about saving everything that we uncovered, even to the extent of telling the tradies to pick up every handmade nail that they saw in the dust and rubble. And […]

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13 Jan

Historic New Norfolk

It doesn’t matter how often I recount the story of how New Norfolk got its name, it never ceases to delight me that we are living in part of Tasmania’s, indeed Australia’ s history. New Norfolk is one of the oldest towns in Australia. It pre-dates Port Arthur and was originally know as Elizabeth Town, […]

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