Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Don Donovan's World - Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania

Ramblings of a much published New Zealand author - 30 October 2012

Leaves From My Sketchbooks. 72. Highfield House, Stanley, Tasmania

The first name of Tasmania was Van Diemen's Land. There's still a Van Diemen's Company that was set up by some 18th century London businessmen to exploit the resources of Tasmania. This house, at Stanley, was built for its manager. Stanley is at the top left corner (north-west if you insist) and must have been horribly remote at its beginnings.

I was reminded of south-west England as I drew this rather dour looking house, although the corrugated iron roof (which I don't think is original) is hardly associated with Cornish architecture. Nearby the a big rock called 'The Nut'. It's an ancient volcanic plug. Quite weird.

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