Sullivans Cove, Hobart

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Sullivans Cove is on the River Derwent adjacent to the Hobart CBD in Tasmania.
It was the site of initial European settlement in the area, and the location of the earlier components of the Port of Hobart.
The Cove was the initial landing site of what is now the city of Hobart. It was founded on 21 February 1804 by Lieutenant Governor David Collins, who travelled to the shore via what was then a rocky island named Hunter Island. The connection to the shore was developed and is now known as Hunter Street. The island now has a building directly above it.
Although the first European settlement in the state was further up the river at Risdon Cove by John Bowen a year earlier, that settlement was abandoned and relocated to join the Sullivans Cove settlers.
Collins named Sullivans Cove after John Sullivan, Permanent Under Secretary to the Colonies.
By 1916, several piers had been constructed: from north to south: Ocean Pier (built 1914)Queens Pier (originally Alexandra Pier, renamed in 1910)Kings Pier (built 1910)Argyle Street Pier (built 1875)Elizabeth Street Pier (built 1866)Franklin PierBrooke Street Pier (built 1820s, renovated 1879).Ferry Pier
In 1933, the Argyle Street and Elizabeth Street Piers were replaced with a single concrete-reinforced structure at Elizabeth Street Pier.
In 1947 there was a proposal to replace Queens and Kings Pier with an extra wide pier, but this was never realised.
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  • This is a great place to get in touch with Hobart's historical and contemporary links to the water/sea. There are lots of good restaurants in the area and boats to look at.  more »
  • Great variety of restaurants in this area. Fresh seafood vendors or established restaurants serving up fresh Tassie oysters and crayfish.  more »
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