Battery Point Historic House Plaques Project

Expressions of interest are sought from community members interested in having a historic house plaque associated with their residence or building.

The project:

  • is supported by a grant from the Hobart City Council Community Fund and takes place between October 2021 and April 2022
  • invites and assists residents to research the history of their house and for key information to be included on plaques that will be affixed to individual properties
  • will include properties from different times and architectural styles
  • is envisaged to include between 30 and 50 properties through a phased process.

The plaques will:

  • be small in dimension, professionally designed and of quality material to reflect the historic character and diversity of Battery Point (see the example at the end of this post)
  • typically be attached to residential fences or gates by professional grade double-sided adhesive tape
  • contain text of about 65 words that will provide passers-by and visitors with interesting insights into the rich and varied history of the precinct. Participants will have the opportunity to provide additional information about their property in a special section of the Association website. This will be accessed by means of a QR code on the plaque.

Community members will:

  • express interest in being involved in the project through the Association’s contact form by clicking here. Please provide a very brief rationale for your interest.
  • have flexibility in the choice of text to be included on their plaque; for example, they could focus on the architectural style of the house, people who have lived in the house, the different uses of the house over time
  • be encouraged to work and share their activities with others in the community.

The Association Committee will:

  • manage the project, under the leadership of Marylouise Brammer
  • provide ongoing support and advice to participants on developing the text of their plaque through the Association website, email and personal contact
  • direct participants to sources of information, including the helpful guide from Libraries Tasmania ‘Researching a building’s history
  • edit the final text, in consultation with participants, to ensure consistency of language and style
  • on completion, organise an event to celebrate the outcomes of the project.