Wednesday, March 02, 2011
About 15 miles northeast of Hobart is the small town of Richmond.
I think I'll remember it as the town of firsts. The first this and the
oldest that in Australia. Taking all this into account, it's a cute
little place that is trying to make it's way with the help of tourism.
One highlight is the Richmond Bridge, built in 1823. It's the oldest
bridge in Australia still in use today.
St. Luke's Anglican Church is on the edge of town and it seemed a really
peaceful place, off the beaten path. So many buildings and structures in
this part of Tasmania are built of really pretty yellow sandstone.
It doesn't take long to get back into the countryside, as this road near
St. Luke's shows. I'd love to take a stroll down this road someday.
We also stumbled upon St. John's Catholic Church, which was built
in 1836. It's the oldest Catholic Church in Australia.
St. John's has it's own school, just down the hill. When we drove by,
I noticed that they were flying flags of both Australia (on the right)
and of the Aboriginal People of Australia (on the left). The Aboriginal
People of Australia have many similarities to the Native Americans in
that they were the original people of this land and it was taken away
from them. The last indigenous Tasmanian died in 1905.