For over 100 years, the crowded working-class cottages in Arthur Circus housed large families whose livelihoods were reliant on the waterfront. Each cottage is now valued over $1,000,000. It is a postcode held in high esteem, close to the city, waterfront, and in such a quaint, well-kept, prestigious, historical suburb of Hobart, Tasmania.
Arthur Circus is located in Battery Point. Battery point derived its name from the presence of a battery of cannons placed around the shoreline to protect the Hobart coastline. The cottages surrounded the village green of Arthur Circus, where children used to gather in the 1930s to play marbles, were built for officers of the garrison. When the cottages were originally built in the 1800s, they probably consisted of just two main rooms. They are in stark contrast to some of the extravagant houses in the Battery Point neighbourhood, many that, including the Arthur Circus’ cottages, are heritage listed by the National Trust.
Arthur Circus is reportedly the only street named “Circus” in Australia. Given the shape of the street, one would think it would have been named Arthur Circle. But, in fact, “Circus” is an appropriate name for this special place because apparently “circus”, in Latin means “circle”, a round open space at a street junction. Piccadilly Circus in London is a busy meeting place, and Arthur Circus seems to serve much the same purpose, especially with urban sketchers as many, many artists paint these cute cottages, and this is where our Urban Sketch Weekend commenced!
Friday, June 23rd, urban sketchers from Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart met and began sketching in Arthur Circus.
The weather started off promising but soon the rains came so we were in and out of cafes, dodging the rain for most of the day. Regardless, it was such fun and some great sketches were produced.
The day consisted of fabulous food, conversations and sharing.
In the evening, there was laughter and joy, as we challenged ourselves to 5-minute portrait sketches of each other. It was timed, and exactly 5 minutes per sketch and not one second more! This was a first for me and, I must say, I loved it!
We took home the mini-portraits of ourselves. A nice souvenir of a fabulous and memorable day spent in picturesque Battery Point, Tasmania.