Triumphal Arch, New Wharf, Hobart. Visit of the Duke of Edinburgh 1868. Tasmania, AustraliaBy Remembering the Past Australia / August 12, 2020 / Australia / 0 Comments
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
This image is part of the Colonial Office photographic collection held at The National Archives UK.
This arch was a most appropriate and imposing structure. The piers were composed wholly of oil barrels, and, illustrative of our whaling trade, had a fine effect, and the top, piled up in the form of a high pyramid, with samples of our porter, ale, beer, jams, leather, wheat, barley, oats, &c., &c., and surmounted by the huge jaws of a whale, the merchant ensign of Britain floating over all, formed a most characteristic coup d’œil. Beneath this, on the river side of the arch was the inscription, “Welcome Sailor Prince,” and on the other side, “Welcome to Tasmania”. The feature which would, we imagine, best please His Royal Highness in connection with this structure, would be the two fine whale boats which surmounted the side arches, and which were manned by crews of six native youths attired in red shirts and sailor hats. These lads peaked their oars and cheered as the Prince’s carriage passed under the archway. [The Triumphal Arch: Excerpt from “The Duke of Edinburgh in Tasmania”, The Mercury (Hobart), Friday 31 January 1868, pg. 3]
Photograph of the Triumphal Arch, New Wharf, Hobart, erected for the Visit of the Duke of Edinburgh in 1868.
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