Tuesday, 20 September 2011

mystery arch

if you have driven on the midlands highway between hobart and launceston, you have probably noticed the beautiful arch on the side of the road not too far from ross.

i have wondered what it could have been ever since i saw it with bb during our first trip to tassie. after a little digging i found out that it is the only remaining evidence of the beautiful horton college, a prestigious boys school that existed on the site from 1855 until the 1920's when it was demolished.

the school closed in 1894 and must have fallen in to disrepair. it's so sad that such an amazing building has been lost. it would have been such an imposing site on the landscape. at least the arch remains today. it's beautiful in its own right and is a lovely reminder of what once was.
image: allport library and museum of fine arts


  1. Every time I drive past I feel a little sad about the heritage lost. Imagine that tower now!

  2. Wow, that is beautiful. The last picture is eerie. I can't wait to drive up the Midlands, might have to be a summer holidays vacation.

  3. It breaks my heart when such glorious buildings are left to decay

  4. it really is such a shame...it makes me sad too.