I am addicted to Tasmanian churches. Taking photos of them, that is! I’m not an overly spiritual soul. And I’m not looking to be saved from the sins of my past. Probably beyond saving, anyway! It’s just that when I visit a new region or town, the local Tasmanian churches are something I always admire.
Heritage Tasmanian Churches
It may be related to the age of the buildings. Due to the early history of Tasmania, some of the sandstone work is simply awesome. St George’s Anglican Church in Gordon Street, Sorell may look pretty standard from the main road. But upon closer inspection the Gothic building is very impressive. Originally built in 1826 and then rebuilt in 1883, the church is next to the Visitor Information Centre.
Church Background in Tasmania
No doubt the attraction has something to do with the photography aspect. Taking photos in Tasmania is just a pure delight. Especially if you can manage a happy snap on a stormy day. A dark sky, laden with storm clouds, makes the perfect backdrop for lots of subjects, including Tasmanian churches!
Here a Church, There a Church
Finding the subject of my desire is never difficult, either. It’s not unusual for a single town to have more than one sample of a historic church in Tasmania.
Sorell, for example (a town with roughly 5,000 residents) is promoted as having three National Estate listed churches. Two of them are in Arthur Street on opposite sides of the road. How’s that for convenience?
Churches in Sorell Tasmania
Located about 30kms east of Hobart on the Arthur Highway, Sorell is en-route to Port Arthur Convict Settlement on the Tasman Peninsula. Obviously there’s other reasons to visit Sorell, but a fleeting meeting with a house of religion is one of the things attracting tourists and photographers to town.
St John Catholic Church
Another town only a skip from Hobart, with potential for the photographer looking for Tasmanian churches… Richmond. The claim to fame of the St John Catholic Church in Richmond? It’s the oldest existing Catholic church in Australia. It was built in 1836.
Open Door of the Church
All the photos from my Tasmanian churches collection are of the outside of the buildings. The doors are often open and I would love to venture inside. But as I hinted, my knowledge of religious matters is not of the in-depth variety. And I would hate to break spirit protocol all for the sake of a photo. I won’t have my infatuation ramped up to stalker any day soon!
Richmond Tasmania: Anglican Church
Richmond also has an Anglican counterpart. The Tasmanian church dedicated to St Luke the Physician has a white picket fence and a clock tower. Much more difficult to capture on film, however, with the height of the structure and the imposing trees in the front yard. Not that I’m complaining, of course.
Tasmanian Church Cemeteries
A final word about my addiction to Tasmanian churches? Cemetery! Anyone interested in history will be attracted to the graveyard. Does that sound morbid? The revelations on the engravings are quite fascinating, but I’m always a little wary of what people might think when I’m reading headstones.
Luckily everyone is different, or the world would be a boring place. Thank goodness Tasmania is NOT a boring place.