Bank Arcade

Bank Arcade, Liverpool Street, Hobart, TAS

Architects: William Collins, Salier & Glaskin

Beneath what we know as the Bank Arcade are the remains of Hobart’s oldest known building. Owner John Short will bring the history of this curious building to life and reveal its connection to Royal Navy Officer, and colonial administrator, William Bligh.

Join John for an overview of the built history of the site and find out what his research reveals about construction works in 1806, 1812, 1835, 1860 and 1958. The tour will investigate parts of Hobart’s earliest building – found deep in the basement below the arcade walkway – the site of Hobart’s first shop.

Year Built: 1805, 1812, 1835, 1860, 1958.

Guided Tour Times on both Saturday and Sunday: 10 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm

Tour Duration: 30 min




Building Types


Retail and Offices


Architectural Periods

Mid-Twentieth Century (1940-1960)

Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)

Victorian (1851-1901)


History of Hobart


Stair Access Only

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