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Hobart High School designed by Alexander Dawson, 1848, Royal Society of Tasmania Collection


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Dawson, Alexander, Browne, Thomas and Duke, W 1848 , Hobart High School designed by Alexander Dawson, 1848, Royal Society of Tasmania Collection. [Image]

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In 1843, Alexander Dawson was employed as a Foreman of Works by the Civil Branch of the Royal Engineers in Dover, England. In February 1844 he was posted to Van Diemen's Land, arriving in Hobart Tasmania, in October 1844.

He served as a Senior Clerk of Works in the Office of the Ordnance and was involved in supervising various Military and Civil works in the colony.
In 1848, Dawson was asked to design and supervise the construction of a 3 storey school house in the Gothic style. The High School was officially opened in January 1850 and eventually became the first building of the University of Tasmania.
Thomas Browne (1816-1870) was a professional photographer, lithographer, newspaper proprietor and stationer was born in London on 10 March 1816. Browne emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in 1835 and settled in Launceston. In 1844 he moved to Hobart Town and opened his own printing and stationery business at 34 Liverpool Street.
Architect's drawing of proposed High School, by A. Dawson, printed by T. Browne.
RS 146/2

Item Type: Image
Authors/Creators:Dawson, Alexander and Browne, Thomas and Duke, W
Keywords: Tasmania, Royal Society of Tasmania, science, natural science, social history, Australia, indexes, University of Tasmania, Library, private deposits, archives, Collections, catalogue, Special, Van Diemen's Land,
Publisher: Royal Society of Tasmania, University of Tasmania Library Special and Rare Materials Collection
Collections: University of Tasmania > University of Tasmania Special Collections
Royal Society Collection
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