I've selected photos with a story for my second exhibition at The Hobart Town Tea Company, 147 Macquarie Street, Hobart. Each photo has a unique story and together they showcase the work of my grand-father, Arch Stephenson. From his iconic photo of the floating bridge to the Hobart Town Hall and even a photo of the man himself (including my Dad aged about 2) on a motorcycle and sidecar.
I've made videos about some of these photos and I'm working on the others. As I learn the stories behind the photos I'm constantly amazed. Did you know we had a massive department store in Hobart years before Myer? The CML building design was so good, they built nearly identical buildings in most capital cities around the country and even one in South Africa. And the story of the bridge became the video I'm most proud of.
You may need to book a table as COVID restrictions limit the number of people allowed in the Tea Rooms at any one time. Ron's scones are as good as ever and there's always new treats to try, plus hand blended teas. I was fortunate enough to be hanging these pictures while Lili was blending. It's like watching a master herbalist at work. Something I hope to capture on video really soon. An experience worth sharing.
We will try to get a Beattie's History Night in this year, but if you're in town, check out the exhibition.