Thursday, 21 May 2015

Houses at Ross, Tasmania

The houses are old and are well kept, there are a few in the back streets, most in the main street.
We had a wonderful time walking up the street, and it's now I realize looking at the photos how pretty Ross is to me.

Ross was founded in 1812 and is about 87km from Launceston and further from Hobart the State Capitol down south.
In 1812 a garrison of soldiers was stationed at the ford of the Macquarie River to protect the development of the future town.  Buildings were soon established and in 1821 the settlement was proclaimed the town of Ross by Governor Macquarie.  Ross was the name of the parliamentary seat of his friend H M Buchanan of Loch Lomond, Scotland.

Ross was ideally situated in a central location and easily accessible from Northern and Southern Tasmania.  Good flat country for farming and the Macquarie River at it's feet.
The Government established a large farm in the district of 20,000 acres for agriculture and breeding purposes.  The land was broken up in 1830 and sold off to private landholders.
Horses and coaches were changed during the long journey to the north or the south.
Ross also had a strong military presence in the village/town and of course some lived there.

It's only in the past month that it was discovered that John Reece was working there for a time as a Military man being sent out from England to help as he was in the Army both in England and Tasmania.  His only daughter Margaret was my husbands 2nd great grandson.  Margaret was born in England in 1820.










28 comments:

  1. Beautiful, I love the colour, detail and light in your photos. In response to your question as to the temperature here, it was 32 celsius! When it gets to the 30's and 40's, which it does here, it has gotten to 45 at times, I cannot handle that. In the 20's I can handle, but once it reaches 30 and upward, forget it. :)

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    1. Thanks. Gosh that's a bit warm or I should say too warm, it's no wonder you would like it to be cooler.

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  2. What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing the story about the place!

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  3. It looks a very quaint place and the trees covered in gold leaves are lovely

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  4. hm, they seem to use a lot of wood. This does not exist in Belgium.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Really! We have houses made of wood in every town and city, brick, stone is also common.

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  5. Wow, the houses definitely are well -kept.It is amazing at your place is nice autumm at my place is spring..

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    1. They are well kept in several towns/villages but in some places they are not..

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  6. The stone ones look very solid and what a beautiful pick with the coloured weatherboard and tree leaves of different colours.

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  7. Margaret I am pleased to report that my "Laryngitis of the fingers" has gone.
    You have wonderfully excelled yourself with detail and photos of this "Ross" place.
    Certainly boasts a colourful history and one that in Australian standards is quite old.

    The street cleaning council workers must hate those street trees and the mess
    of those damn fallen leaves - lovely in the middle of a park or paddock, bloody
    horrible in a town street - especially in storm weather, that equates to clogged
    drains and near my station here in Brisbane a case of removing footwear to wade
    through the "over flowing gutter floodings"!
    The council outdoor staff hate these "imported" trees - the council office workers
    are deaf to suggestions and complaints!! I guess that is "working together for the common
    good" ??????

    Excellent blog report Margaret.
    Cheers
    "Laryngitis free Colin"

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    1. That's pleasing to know your fingers are better:)
      What a job regarding the leaves, they must block the gutters each year.

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    2. OH no.
      Every storm or heavy rain.
      Sometimes for a week or so!
      I suppose like - " A right (rite?) of passage".
      Colin

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  8. I very fond of old houses, they have a comfort factor and a sense of belonging new houses alway look out of place until they settle into their location.
    Merle.............

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    1. The old houses do, takes ages for a new house to be a home.

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  9. Oh wow, I love old houses in fact I love most old things, I find history interesting and old homes amazing to look at

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    1. Old places have so many stories to tell, would love to know them...

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  10. It is a pretty town and a sunlit Autumn day is perhaps one of the best times to see it.

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    1. Lucky I was at the right place at the right time...

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  11. The autumn colours really enhance the buildings. Are those houses what is known in your part of the world as "Federation" style? Or is that different?

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    1. Yes some of then are know as Federation Style, and therefore have to be painted in the Federation colours and kept that way.

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  12. :It's great to hear a places history and see photos to match. Am learning a lot about your country, and state, from your posts. Thank you!

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    1. I'm pleased you are learning....I enjoy taking photos and sharing..l

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  13. Very nice photos and Autumn is my favorite time of year.

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  14. So pretty with the colorful autumn leaves. Fall is such a nice time to travel.

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