Willow Court Barracks Precinct

Willow Court Barracks Precinct New Norfolk (tours depart from the Willow Court banner on the right hand side of the forecourt)

Saturday, Nov 13

Sunday, Nov 14

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BOOKINGS OPEN 12 NOON, TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 2021

Willow Court Asylum complex is significant, historically, as the first custom-built lunatic asylum in the Australian Colonies. Through its use as an asylum for some 170 years and its relative intactness, the Precinct illustrates characteristics of nineteenth century asylum design as well as the evolution of philosophies for treating the insane throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, changes in Tasmania’s health system and attributes towards mental illness.  The Precinct is unusual as the only place in Australia where such developments in asylum design are preserved. (Australian Heritage Database).

Building specs: Derwent Valley Council owned Willow Court Barracks Precinct buildings

  • Willow Court Barracks. 1830 Architect: Likely to be John Lee Archer
  • Carlton Ward. Built: 1908
  • Bronte Ward Built:1925
  • Allonah Ward Built: 1966
  • Occupational Therapy Built:1966
  • Frascati House Built 1834 by the Colonial Secretary John Burnett

Open: 10 am – 4 pm

Guided Tours: 12 pm and 2 pm

Duration: 1.5 hours

Accessibility: Enclosed, flat shoes required for all tours. Some surfaces are uneven stone pavers and grass.

BOOKINGS OPEN 12 NOON, TUESDAY 26 OCTOBER, 2021

Location

New Norfolk

Building Types

Commercial

Cultural

Workplace

Architectural Periods

Federation/Edwardian (1902-1918)

Late Twentieth Century (1961-2000)

Pre-separation Colonial (1836-1850)

Features

Heritage

History of Hobart

New to Program

Accessibilities

Level Changes

Uneven Surfaces

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