82 Collins Street, Hobart 1858

Residents of Hobart 1867 – 1868 resident list states Henry Brittain is connected 82 Collins Street (Commercial Inn) Hobart. In 1859 Mary Robinson had to place William and John into the Queens Orphanage. The application form had the name Brittain stated as residence and this suggests the Commercial Inn Collins Street may have been where she was staying. Last week in Hobart, found 82 Collins St – not the same building……. Mind you Henry Brittain reads as being dodgy History shows Mary had  a pretty rough time in those years. A grand old style building dwarfed by the ghastly architecture of our ‘modern’ era! I wonder if there are photos of Collins St circa 1860’s in the archives somewhere……

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