General Post Office Tower
9 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
Saturday, Nov 11
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BOOKINGS OPEN AT 10 AM ON THURSDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2023
Architect: Alan C Walker (1906)
Based on the design of London’s Big Ben, Hobart’s GPO was one of the first public buildings to open in Tasmania after Federation. The building’s foundation stone was laid in 1901 by the Duke of Cornwall and York (the future King George V), with construction completed in 1905. After the Commonwealth took over the project and refused to pay for bells for the clock tower, a public subscription raised £1,465 to complete the building’s tower before it opened in 1906. This two storey Post Office with corner towner and five-bay arcaded entry features ashlar facades on Macquarie and Elizabeth Streets, with the remainder brick on a stone foundation. There are interesting roof lanterns, chimneys and balustered parapets. It is a key landmark of the city.
Explore the four-storey tower and rooftop of this landmark building and see the impressive inner workings of the city’s official clock.
Tours: Saturday 11 November 2023, 10 am, 10.20 am, 10.40 am, 11.05 am*, 11.20 am, 11.40 am, 12 noon, 12.20 pm, 12.40 pm, 1.10 pm, 1.30 pm, 1.50 pm, 2.10 pm, 2.30 pm and 2.50 pm.
Duration: 45 Minutes
Access: This tour is NOT suitable for children. Steep stair access only, please wear closed toe sturdy shoes.
* On Saturday, 11 November, Open House Hobart asks everyone to observe a minute silence at 11 am for Remembrance Day.
History of Hobart
Stair Access Only
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