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Hobart (Tas.)

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A port in Australia, capital of the island state of Tasmania on the estuary of the Derwent: excellent natural harbour; University of Tasmania (1890). Population: 194 700 (1995 est.).

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Capital and principal port of Tasmania, Australia; population (2001) 126,050. Hobart is situated on the southeast coast of the island, at the mouth of the River Derwent. Industries include zinc processing, brewing, electronics, engineering, fruit and vegetable processing, chocolate making, shipbuilding, and the production of textiles, paper, furniture, and newsprint. Hobart is a centre for yachting, fishing, and trading; exports include fruit, textiles, and processed food. The University of Tasmania (founded in 1890) is located here. Australia's second-oldest city after Sydney, Hobart was founded in 1804 and named after Lord Hobart (1760–1816), then secretary of state for the colonies. Features Hobart lies at the foot of Mount Wellington (1,260 m/4,134 ft) and has a deep, sheltered, natural harbour. The River Derwent is spanned by the Tasman Bridge, which links the city with the mainly residential eastern shore. Hobart's olde...    Continue Reading

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