Explore your favourite Kunanyi/Mt Wellington trail… in the Tasmanian Archives

Media Release

8 June 2022

Avid walkers, mountain bike riders, and trail runners will love finding their favourite trails hidden throughout the historic map being showcased by Libraries Tasmania this month in the latest instalment of 91 STORIES: Digging deeper.

The Fingerpost Track, Crocodile Rock, and the Mount Arthur Ski Slopes are just some of the many features of this stunning original illustration of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington roads and walking tracks – Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks, produced in 1935 by the Hobart Walking Club.

The map, drawn by renowned Tasmanian artist Vernon Hodgman (1909-1984), was created to make Kunanyi/Mt Wellington more accessible. It is a snapshot in time, featuring the unfinished road to the pinnacle, as well as the main walking trails and huts.

“Old Mount Wellington always calls us back with a lure all of her own … Winter or summer, many days can be spent exploring Hobart’s sentinel background; miles and miles of tracks (and now a wonderful scenic road to the Pinnacle nearing completion), leading in every direction, and exploring all the best scenic attractions” wrote Jack Barrass Thwaites in the 1935 December edition of The Tasmanian Tramp – magazine of the Hobart Walking Club.

The allure of Kunanyi/Mt Wellington has endured, along with this piece of Tasmanian history, and it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks is the second of five instalments of 91 STORIES: Digging deeper, through which Libraries Tasmania is inviting Tasmanians to look closer at Tasmania’s stories. Curated from selections by the Tasmanian public, the original 91 STORIES exhibition includes everyone’s favourites from the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Dive into the story by exploring the online exhibition and research blog showcasing Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks by visiting 91 Stories.

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