Lower Domain Road, Hobart, TAS
Saturday, Nov 14
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This abandoned zoo once housed a wide variety of animals including lions, tigers, leopards, elephants, monkeys and polar bears, and is most notably remembered as the home of the last thylacine in captivity. Originally opened in 1895 at the Battery Point residence of socialite Mary Grant Roberts, the zoo was moved to a new zoological facility operated by the Hobart City Council at the Queens Domain in 1923. Wander amongst the ruins of old animal enclosures at this fascinating site.
Tour Times: 10 am, 12 pm and 2 pm
Tour Duration: 80 min
Brendan LennardBrendan Lennard was the Senior Cultural Heritage Officer with the City of Hobart for twenty five years. He has been conducting tours of the Beaumaris Zoo site for over twenty years and continues to advocate even after his retirement. From 1923 to 1937 the zoo on the Queen’s Domain was home to an amazing collection of animals including lions, tigers, zebras, polar bears and an elephant. Native fauna were also featured, and the site is important as the location of the death of the last captive thylacine on 7 September 1936. That date is now marked as Threatened Species Day. Brendan regards Beaumaris Zoo as an evocative heritage place … “a zoo where you need your imagination.” His tours of the zoo for Open House Hobart are always extremely popular – Beaumaris come to life, with many engaging tales of the people and animals associated with the zoo. Read more
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