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Bond Store: 200 years

  • 25 Jul 2024
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Royal Society Room, TMAG (entry via admin door, Davey Street)
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The Bond Store: 200 years

Thursday 25 July, 10.30am

Royal Society Room, then Bond Store
(entry via admin door in Davey Street)

This talk will explore the significance of the Bond Store, a four storey Georgian warehouse built in 1824–26. As part of the Commissariat complex it was a pivotal building in the early economy of Hobart as the main centre for the incoming and outgoing of essential supplies including clothing, food, bonded goods such as tobacco and spirits to both the free and enslaved. 

It has witnessed massive changes to the landscape, the population, industry and the growth of a city. Its occupation and usage has had many changes over 200 years. With the construction of the Customs House at the turn of the 20th century the building was hidden from the waterfront. 

Now part of the Tasmanian Museum exhibition galleries, it has become a platform to tell many of the stories it has witnessed.

Elspeth Wishart held the position of Senior Curator of Cultural Heritage at TMAG for 22 years, during which time she was involved with the 2013 Redevelopment of the Museum and was responsible as part of a team in developing the exhibitions and interpretation for the Bond Store.

Previous to this she had spent twenty years working in museums and historic sites interpreting collections and building fabric including Port Arthur and the Launceston Railway workshops (QVMAG).

This is a FREE event and you are welcome to bring along non-member friends. 

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