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  1. 1. TTTHHHEEE BBBIIICCCEEENNNTTTEEENNNAAARRRYYY OOOFFF SSSEEETTTTTTLLLEEEMMMEEENNNTTT PPPRRROOOJJJEEECCCTTT Settlement Place - a key point in Hobart and Tasmania The settlement of the British here is perhaps most poignantly encapsulated by the well-known colonial painted record of the officers’ tents on the escarpment overlooking the resting ship in the beautiful little cove. The tents also overlooked the convict accommodation down hill near the crystal clear rivulet and where the recent Elizabeth Mall roof now floats. The painting shows both of these strategically selected surveillance avenues from its viewpoint just east of the islet now known as Hunter Island. Another perspective is shown from across the river in the recently purchased Glover painting. This perspective incorporates the key aspect of the Van Deimens Land island in its native people. The cove I think they referred to as part of the stretch of water known as Nibber Loona. The peg holes of some of the officer tents likely lay lost in the excavations for the Town Hall and Museum and the gardens of Franklin Square - thrown aside along with the intrinsics of the landscape such as grasses, she-oaks and lizards. And the footprints of the natives. Also thrown aside over the years is the original high- water line as it runs by the City Hall, Museum, the rear of Town Hall and through the old HEC building. The escarpment rising from high water gains height running from the Museum to somewhere in the HCC Offices as high as Franklin Square. From here, the Crown's tent site on the escarpment, was a beautiful outlook - that shallow valley focussed down in the Mall area, the rivulet, the little islet, and the full sweep around across the river over a cottageless Battery Point and across the mountain and the Glebe. Thus was the scene of things after the move from the inlet at Risdon. We see what is there today in the pretty city - or do we? Grand old sandstone buildings and strips of tar. Beautiful old convict
  2. 2. brick buildings where once was tidal flats. The downhill run to the Mall kinda lost to the urban rigid. And views across the rivulet grotto obscured by a post office and a unique old art deco job. There's a suffocation of something umbilical here. For the celebration of Settlement let's breathe some revitalising air into this tent site. With will, the revitalisation is manifest in a new urban focus and new public interior. Lord Mayor and Premier two years hence stand on the landing of the stair inside the Town Hall. Backs to the beautiful old Town Hall's Main Hall they are about to step through a newly built arched space up to the main floor of the new Settlement Place Interpretation Hall. This three storey Hall has its main public entrance facing Franklin Square across a new public plaza that integrates with Franklin Square. The plaza is called Settlement Place. The Hall building is 2004 avant-garde and optimally environmentally sustainable. Solar orientations circulate warmth and light into the old stone building and the conjoined Carnegie Building. The brown Marine Board building gone, the outlook from the tea balconies across the river and to Franklin Square is first class. Centrally at Davey Street is some sort of ground level interpretation and viewing point somehow reconstructing the original landscape and indicating the high-water and tidal flats once below. This is The Escarpment Point - for the tourists and visitors to identify and orientate. Maybe an air walk rises following the original escarpment edge and into the Old Hydro Building to deliver people to the Cove by lift. The Escarpment Point has a city presence as a gateway effect for Davey Street. Some she-oaks and native grass, direct vision to Mawson Place and access to walking trails. It offers excellent orientation aspects with regard to all of original shorescape, linking cbd and docks, historical alignments and Franklin Square. Settlement Place, intensified by Settlement Hall, converts an awkward unproductive urban aspect into vital community meaning by its visual and functional attraction and healing in a highly significant urban context. Back in the Hall Rob and Jim are perusing the state-of-the-art Settlement Interpretation Displays. It is a people's place to complement the Carnegie spirit. The recently acquired Glover, some computer generated imagery of the original landforms as would have been seen from where they stand, a brand new painting of the rivulet from Franklin Square by a team supporting perhaps Joan Humble, original documents, the City's Strategic Plan, the State's Consolidate
  3. 3. Tasmania Plan, a rack of newly made wooden hunting spears and 2004 native icons that only the natives could dream. We will have archival and electronic images, documents and data, including other new researched artist renditions of the original outlook from the position of this place - of Van Diemens Land, Bowen Cove, old Government House (adjacent across Elizabeth Street), the old foot track to the Secretaries cottage, the excavation of Elizabeth (I think) and Argyle Streets, bits of original soil and firstly again the People who were there already. Properly researched archaeological- artist renditions of the rivulet embankments - the project becomes richer year by year. A very real and lasting cultural and tourist experience that is very suited to its urban neighbourhood. The new glass lift rings, in the same location as the old one, complementing the old stone, and Hallkeeper Lonergan appears, drawing a moveable wall to prepare the room to complement the night's function under the chandeliers in the old Main Hall. Perhaps too even the old 1960's Town Hall extension remains in part as some structure for The Settlement Hall. Sustainable development is a key issue facing the clean green island and the world at this bicentenary. The Settlement Hall building may also provide practical work-a-day resource and rationale provided to the public by the Council in support of its strategic plan and development objectives. The building itself will be genuine to the principles and will contribute significantly to sustainable heating and lighting of the old Town Hall. Settlement Place, Hobart and Tasmania. A Birthday Present - all sorts of building work, historical work, public passion and tourism. It would create enough momentum to fund a tram linking the Cove and North Hobart and South Hobart. It will foster both the Cove and the CBD. An icon building and public place returning the touch of the original landscape and relating history for the future. How much money is there Lord Mayor, Premier and reader? Can any of this happen? Even just a little bit! M John Latham 6265 1420 urbarc@eisa.net.au PO Box 54, SORELL 7172

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