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Author: Sarah Wilcox-Standring

Postcard image of the Rev. Robert Knopwood, Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria

Searching for Knopwood

On 16 February 1804, 211 years ago, Reverend Robert Knopwood took his first steps in Van Diemens Land. He came from England on the Ocean, with Lieutenant Governor David Collins, a party of convicts and a group of settlers from Port Phillip, Victoria. He noted that it was a very

Archaeology, Week 3

Archaeologists document every detail of a site, layer by layer, so that everything is recorded to piece together a historical record. This week, the team have been looking at Alexander Orr's outbuildings and are discovering what each building may have been used for.

Black and white photograph of two storey-ashlar sandstone house, built by Alexander Orr by 1845

Archaeology, Week 2

Investigations are beginning to reveal Montpelier Retreat's past. Over the past week, archaeologists have uncovered the foundations for Alexander Orr's house and outbuildings. Sarah McGuinness, one of the site supervisors, explains what they have uncovered. Orr arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1828 and bought the site

Archaeology, Week 1

The archaeological investigations have started on Montpelier Retreat and weekly updates on the findings and progress will be published on the website. During the first week, the team mapped out possible locations for the Reverend Knopwood's cottage and Alexander Orr's house and have started to peel back the layers to

Archaeological Investigations

The Montpelier Retreat car park is being prepared for the arrival of archaeologists from Austral Tasmania Pty Ltd, who will be investigating the site to see what historical remnants may still be in place prior to excavation for the new development. The site was home to

Montpelier Tests Complete

The testing of the Montpelier Retreat site has been successfully completed this week and will soon reopen for parking. The tests will assist in designing an appropriate construction plan, which will take the surrounding buildings into consideration. Orica Limited were engaged to complete the tests

Plans Revealed

New designs for a development in Salamanca by Sultan Holdings have been submitted to Hobart City Council. The Montpelier Project is a proposed mixed-use complex on the corner of Montpelier Retreat and Kirksway in Salamanca. The proposal has been designed to complement the aesthetic of


Montpelier Momentum Increases

The Montpelier Project is moving forward and there will be some noticeable events happening on the site from December. The site, situated on the corner of Montpelier Retreat and Kirksway in Salamanca, will be cleared in the first week of December to allow specialist consultants

Local Food & Wine

You will never go thirsty or hungry in Salamanca at any time of the day. Award-winning restaurants serve the best food and beverage Tasmania has to offer. A short stroll along the waterfront will reveal waterfront punts with the freshest seafood straight from the Southern