The Wellington Range includes prominent skyline features such as Sleeping Beauty, Collins Cap, Cathedral Rock and kunanyi / Mount Wellington. For today’s locals and visitors to southern Tasmania, the mountain is especially significant visually, offering a sense of homecoming and arrival.
Early visitors to Van Diemen’s Land portrayed their impressions on canvas and Mount Wellington was an obvious influence. Lieutenant G. Tobin painted the views during Bligh’s visit in 1792, then later that year C.F. Beautemps–Beaupré sketched images on D’Entrecasteaux’s journeys.
Many early settlers to the new colony depicted the local views including John Glover. Mount Wellington and Hobart Town from Kangaroo Point 1831–33 is considered one of Glover’s most significant works, depicting the mountain, the river, and Aboriginal Tasmanians.
Written accounts and poetry, both recent and retrospect, interpret the local landscape. Publications for further reading are listed.
Social Values and Landscape
In 2011 the Trust undertook a landscape character assessment of Wellington Park to better understand the landscape character, visual quality and scenic values of the Park and to document these for management purposes.
This was followed by a community values survey to better understand to what extent and in which ways the community value Wellington Park. The survey received approximately 460 submissions. The results were analysed and are available in the Wellington Park Social Values and Landscape Assessment report.
For further information, please contact the Cultural Heritage Co-ordinator.