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    Road to Strahan: Queenstown's Galley Museum

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Queenstown was a 3 hours stop on the bus journey from Hobart to Strahan. Took the chance to roam around the place.

    The Galley Museum is housed in the original Imperial Hotel, built in 1897. (The Galley Collection and building was bought by the Lyell Council in 1985, and is now managed by a volunteer committee.)

    I have never seen such a quirky museum in my life! The collections include a photographic collection, Minerals Collection, and Local memorabilia. The entire history of the town is showcased by all the many different paraphenalia donated by the town folks right down from mining tools (Queenstown was famous as a mining town), football championship cups, marriage dress and typewriters! Guess it will be a matter of time someone's old jockstrap will be donated. (Oh, did I mention someone donated some grandmother bloomies?) It's like a storehouse through time, except no one came to claim back their storage. Never mind some of the exhibits are beginning to show evident signs of wear and tear ; the quirkiness of it all makes up for it! Just wacky, educational and sensational! (I was chuckling through most of the galleries, no offence, but it was just too wacky for me)

    Location: Corner Driffield and Sticht Street,
    Queenstown, Tasmania.
    Open 7 days a week.
    Entry fee: Can't remember but I recalled it should not be more than A$3 per adult.

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    Check out the penal colony ruins on Sarah Island

    by saraheg77 Written Sep 25, 2005

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    I put this in the 'off the beaten path' category because it is only accessible by taking one of the cruises that stop here or some other rented boat... See my Things to Do tip for more info on the cruise that brought us here. I wanted to go here just because the island shares my name. :) It proved to be an island with an interesting history.

    The island was a penal colony from 1822 to 1833 where prisoners were sent from other jails when they committed additional crimes. They even had another smaller island right next to Sarah Island called Grummet Island where the worst of the worst were sent. About 1200 prisoners were sent there over the eleven years it operated. They were supervised by military personnel. The island became an industrial village over the years. In the end - there were even ships being built there.

    There were still some remains there, although most of the buildings were built of wood and are completely gone. There is still ruins of the last living quarters built, the bread oven, the solitary confinement building, and a couple of other things.

    At the end, the tour guide even put on her wet suit and jumped out in the water to show us where the boat ramps (used when building the ships) were still several feet under water.

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    Road to Strahan: A mural in Queenstown

    by xuessium Written Jul 16, 2005

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    Queenstown was a 3 hours stop on the bus journey from Hobart to Strahan. Took the chance to roam around the place.

    I chanced upon this mural on my way back into main street from the Galley Museum. Until today, I have no idea what it really represented, but I thought it was a pretty cool mural.

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    Nature: The Sassafras Tree

    by xuessium Written Jul 14, 2005

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    People's Park off Risdon Cove is a great place to take a nice walk/hike among nature (weather allowing). A species of tree hiding among the many species in this little pocket of nature is the Sassafras Tree (Sassafras officinale)

    The name 'Sassafras,' applied by the Spanish botanist Monardes in the sixteenth century, is said to be a corruption of the Spanish word for saxifrage. The tree stands from 20 to 40 feet high, with many slender branches, and smooth, orange-brown bark. The leaves are broadly oval, alternate, and 3 to 7 inches long. The flowers are small, and of an inconspicuous, greenish yellow colour.

    Besides usages in fragrances and cosmetic toiletries, the oil of Sassafras is chiefly used for flavouring purposes - it is employed for flavouring effervescing drinks. Most Americans and Southeast Asians would know it as the more familiar Sarsaparilla or "Sarsi" flavoured candies & beverages. Take a small piece of bark or a piece of leaf and crushed it/rubbed between your palms and smell the lovely aroma of Sassafras oil!

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