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Parliament House, Tasmania

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Published November 19th 2021
A building with a history
Designed in 1830, the current Parliament House building was originally the Customs House. Stone was quarried from a nearby site and formal work on the basement level and second storey finished eight years later.

Parliament House

Although still occupied by customs staff, the Legislative Council met in the Members' Lounge on the 19th of June 1841. Alterations were then made to the building before the Legislative Council moved into its present chamber and the Assembly met in the Members' Lounge.

By 1904, customs staff have moved out. The building was subsequently altered again to provide the Assembly with its present chamber. Besides the two chambers, the building now also contains office spaces for members and staff as well as a library, museum, dining room and reception area.

Parliament House gardens

Free public tours are available at 9:30am and 2:30pm on most non-sitting days. However, you are advised to contact the Parliament on 6212 2200 to confirm availability. The schedule of sitting days can also be found on their website. Parliament House is located on the waterfront between Salamanca Place and Murray Street. Its gardens are lovely for a stroll too if you have the time.
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Why? A building with a history
Where: Between Salamanca Place and Murray Street, Hobart
Cost: Free
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