The Penitentiary Chapel

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Because we couldn't go on the Mount Wellington tour we had some time up our sleeves so we thought we'd go to the Penitentiary Chapel Historical Site on the corner of Campbell and Brisbane Streets.

Ouside the Penitentiary in hobart Outside the Penitentiary
The Penitentiary Chapel Penitentiary










We'd seen it whilst on the Red Decker bus and it seemed it would be an easy walk. As soon as we arrived we were told a guided tour would be underway in 15 minutes so it was excellent, but accidental, timing on our part. It cost us $10 each for entry.

Inside one of the courtrooms Inside one of the courtrooms
Ian in one of the cells Ian in one of the cells











The guide firstly took us into a side room where we were able to sit down and he gave us some history of the site. We found it very interesting indeed. Then we set off to see courtrooms, tunnels, the solitary confinement cells and the gallows. It was quite amazing to find out so many people were hanged at the same time. It was hard to imagine that up to five people went down through a single trap door to their death at one time. All very gruesome. I won't go into the details of the Penitentiary here because it is all detailed on their website mentioned above. Our guided tour lasted about an hour and a half and was very enjoyable and interesting.


We head back to Hadley's Hotel

From there we wandered the streets in the general direction of our hotel. We stopped at some shops looking for presents to bring home but found nothing we particularly liked that was suitable. By the time we got back to the hotel the weather was quite cool.

Back in our apartment we found the bathroom light has been fixed. Excellent. We heard a knock on the door and it was the Irish receptionist lad with an envelope for us. The envelope was from Evergreen Tours and inside were our name badges, some pens and some paperwork. We made ourselves a cuppa and reminded ourselves of how lucky we were to have been given this apartment upgrade.


Dinner at Mures

Before we left home Ian had mentioned that whilst we were in Tasmania he wanted to eat some Tasmanian scallops so we thought we would try Mures for a seafood dinner. Mures is right down on the waterfront in a large building. They have a lower deck restaurant and then also one upstairs for those who want finer dining. We were happy with the lower deck which Mures call the Bistro.

Our fish and chip meal at Mures Fish, chips and scallops eaten at Mures

They have a big blackboard menu that you need to study whilst sidling along in the queue towards the cashier. We quickly tried to figure out what we wanted and then Ian shot back to the main eating area to find a table. It was extremely busy in there and also very noisy. After ordering you take an electronic gadget back to your table and it bleeps when your meal is ready.

We chose fish and chips for two people and 10 scallops to go with it to share. The whole lot cost $41 so it is certainly not cheap. The fish and chips were average in quality. We had masses more scallops than the 10 we had ordered but those given to us were extremely small. If that is what Tasmanian scallops are like then I wouldn't be bothered if I never had them again.

We were quite glad to leave Mures. It was so noisy with lots of chairs scraping on the floor and there were heaps of kids there too.


My tooth problem

Before we left home I had begun root canal treatment for one of my teeth. My dentist was concerned that the infection under the tooth could get worse whilst we were away on holidays so he wanted to get the first session over and done with before we left home. He had given me a prescription for antibiotics to take with me just in case I needed it. My gums were a tad sore and I'd been having trouble eating since arriving in Tasmania so we thought it prudent to go and get the prescription filled so I could start taking them before we headed off on our Evergreen tour.

We wandered the main streets in the centre of town for a long time looking for a pharmacy that was open but sadly we couldn't find one. A fellow in a convenience store said there was one in North Hobart but he felt it was too far for us to walk. He reckoned a taxi would cost only around $6 or $7 so we went looking for a taxi. The taxi driver we came across was a South African fellow and we were so happy we found him. He didn't know of the pharmacy but went checking with his fellow drivers to find out where he should take us. Between them they figured out where this pharmacy was. We hopped in the taxi and our driver headed off towards North Hobart. We told him about my tooth problem and we asked him if he could hang around whilst we got the prescription filled. He said he certainly would and he told us he would turn off the taxi metre whilst we were in the pharmacy. He said he would not turn the metre back on until we got back in his cab. We felt that was not fair on him. We explained that we had to get a script filled and we all know how long that can sometimes take. He was quite insistent that he could not charge us whilst we were gone. Well, we were in the pharmacy for what seemed like forever. We came out thinking that the driver would surely think we had done a runner, but no, there he was, waiting so patiently for us. When we got back into Hobart he took us straight to our hotel and said the return ride cost $14. We thought he was far too generous so we eventually managed to persuaded him to take the $20 note we offered. He said he felt guilty taking $20 for the job. We were thankful we found him. A very considerate man indeed and a great ambassador for Hobart.


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View over Hobart and beyond from Mount Wellington.

View of Hobart from Mt Wellington