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.
Wellington Park landscapes can be viewed in the Gallery, in the skyline profile and through the State Library of Tasmania. The State Library also has a comprehensive range of publications relating to the Park, here and here.
Community Values Survey
Thank you to everyone who made a contribution to the Survey – we received over 450 submissions!
The submissions are now being collated, and will be combined with other landscape values studies to synthesise the social and community landscape value of the Park. For further information, please contact the Cultural Heritage Co-ordinator.