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Sculpture by numbers

The history of Battery Point uncovered through art.

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Battery Point is one of the oldest parts of Hobart and has a rich and colourful history. The Hobart City Council has installed nine public artworks which are numerically based and reflect a part of the history of the area.

The European settlement of Hobart began in Sullivans Cove by British soldiers and convicts in 1804. The settlement began as a penal colony but during the 19th century the town and the state was rapidly expanded through industry and economic development.

It was a busy port town with much of the industry and development centred in the areas of Sullivans Cove and Battery Point. Battery Point sits at the southern edge of Sullivans Cove was home to fine homes, workers cottages, farms and pubs. It was named after the gun battery and ammunition store that was built where Princes Park now stands.

The Battery Point Sculpture Trail celebrates this heritage and if you follow the numbered sculptures and their interpretations, you can enjoy the suburb that it is today whilst dipping your toes into its rollicking past.

The Battery Point Sculpture Trail has received numerous design awards. Hobart design firm Futago developed the concept and design of the trail with artists Judith Abell and Chris Viney.

Find out more about the trail and download a copy of the map and brochure from the Hobart City Council website.

1909 - Battery Point Sculpture Trail

1923 - Battery Point Sculpture Trail

Photographer: Jonathan Wherrett

Article published: 15 December 2014