Victoria Dock Hobart

TonyCrehan

Hobart, Australia

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View across fishing floats and boats and the police launch in Victoria Dock to historic Jones & Co buildings on Hunter Street, Sullivans Cove, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

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The Henry Jones and Co jam factory was established by Jones in Hunter St in the 1890s after he took it over from his former employer George Peacock. It was claimed to be the largest and most modern factory of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Not only did it produce jams, canned fruit, pulp and juices, tomato and Worcestershire sauce, canned fish and vegetables, but the factory also made its own cans, cases and machinery.
Fruit was initially brought to the factory by boat from the Huon Valley in the south and later by carts and trucks from there and the Derwent Valley to the north, with queues backing up for more than a kilometre waiting to unload their cargo. Between 250-300 women worked during the jam season cutting and stoning apricots, peeling pears and sorting gooseberries, raspberries and currants. The boilers were kept burning by gangs of men who fed them with 1.5 metre logs. Up to 2000 tons of apricots and 300 tones of gooseberries would be processed in a season.
The factory was closed in the 1970s and the buildings bought by the State Government.

Today Hunter St is one of the most picturesque areas of Hobart with its hotels, bars and restaurants, including the award-winning Henry Jones Art Hotel. Cruise ships anchor at the dock at the end of the street in the summer and working fishing boats still find safe harbour and add to the atmosphere. All or most of the buildings are listed on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

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