(Tassie Trip) Day 9 – Highfield House, Stanley

January 6, 2016
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We woke on Day 9 with the intention of packing up the car, checking out of our cottage and then catching the chairlift up to the top of ‘The Nut‘ and walking around the plateau where of course I could take some 360 degree view photographs, as well as enjoy the view!  Sadly, mother nature had other plans and we woke to a gusty and rainy day, so I never did make it to the top of The Nut!  Instead, we decided to head to the nearby hill and explore the intriguing Highfield House (not to be confused with the Highfield House that we stayed in at Launceston).

Highfield House can be regarded as the ‘birthplace’ of European settlement in Tasmania’s north-west. Built from 1832-35 as a residence for Edward Curr, chief agent of the Van Diemen’s Land Company, the house represents an important part of Tasmanian historic heritage. The history of the north-west region of Tasmania is inextricably bound up with the story of the Van Diemen’s Land Company.  In 1982 the Tasmanian Government acquired the Highfield property with funds from the National Estate and has carried out extensive restoration works.

We were the only visitors there at Highfield House on this particular day.  It was blowing a gale so umbrella’s were useless as they just blew inside out.  Needless to say we got a bit wet when exploring the outdoors but I was more preoccupied with keeping my camera dry than myself which is why there are less outdoor photo’s than indoor! 

Here are a few zillion shots I took around the place.  I haven’t added camera settings but if anyone would like me to, just let me know and I’ll update with them.  I’ve captioned some of the images but not all, because to be honest I can’t remember which room all of them were taken in!

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Highfield House, Stanley

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Table and Chairs in the ground floor gallery

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Dining Room

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Drawing Room

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Hat on Bedpost – Master Bedroom

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Lace coverlet on the master bed

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A beautiful royal blue outfit that Elizabeth, the wife of Edward Curr, would have worn.

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Washroom Jug and Bowl off the Master Bedroom

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Toys in the Nursery

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Child’s outfit in the Nursery

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Guest Room View looking to the right

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Guest Room View looking to the left out over Stanley

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Courtyard Table and Seats

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Trio of chooks

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Farmyard Sheds


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Roof Trusses – Stables

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Stable Doors

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Highfield House, Outdoors, Grounds, Stone walls, stone, wall,

Next Tassie Trip post we will be at Cradle Mountain!

Meanwhile, here’s where you can catch up on our Tassie trip so far: 

Day 1 – Hobart
Day 2 – MONA – Hobart
Day 3 – Richmond
Day 4 – Port Arthur
Day 5 – Bicheno, Day 5 – Wineglass Bay, Day 5 – Sleepy Bay, Day 5 – Cape Tourville, Day 5 – St Mary’s,
Day 6 – Bay of Fires: Binalong Bay, Day 6 – Bay of Fires: The Gardens, Day 6 – Pyengana Cows, Day 6 – St Columba Falls,
Day 7 – Launceston – where we Stayed
, Day 7 – City of Launceston, Day 7 – Launceston’s Cataract Gorge
Day 8 – Deloraine and Devonport, Day 8 – Penguin and Wynyard, and Day 8 – Stanley.

Ciao for now,


Linking up with Stephs Joy for #WordlessWednesday
With Some Grace for #FYBF

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  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy January 6, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    What a lovely house! I was drawn to that photo of the hat on the bed post! Can’t wait to see your Cradle Mountains photos!

    • Reply Min January 7, 2016 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Steph! I like the hat on the bed post one too. 🙂 xo

  • Reply PatrickC January 6, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Wow Min, what a giant post, what outstanding photos. You have excelled yourself every single photo is outstanding but I picked out a few that were extraordinary.

    P2 the apricot colour of the flaking walls you make it feel like I am in that room. The photograph is warm and inviting.

    P3 the simple standout out beauty of the flowers in their vase in the window. I have come back to that photo over and over. Its my favourite of all the photos in this set.

    P4, the drying flowers hanging contrast with the old aged walls everything is composed perfectly.

    P5 + 6. The lamps and lantern by the window ledge. Again the photo is perfectly composed but also has warmth like the room with the Apricot walls. I feel the warmth of the winter sun but also the preparedness of the “residents” should the weather change and light is needed.

    P7 I love photos looking out of windows and the way the lace curtain frames this window adds so much to the charm of this photo.

    P15 This photo of the hat on the bed post comes close to beating the flowers in the window as my favourite. The simple elegance of the hat hanging the way it does. The colours through the photo its just brilliant.

    P23 There is always a danger when you include lots of different things in a photo that you will “overcrowd” the image and create a brain spin for those looking at the photo. In this case you have executed the shot perfectly. Looking out of the window the eye is drawn first to the picket fence, then the grass then the beach then across to the village and finally the mountain. Your use of depth of field in this photo is excellent. You have created a story as each part of the image “rolls out” before our eyes. All the different parts of the image are layered and don’t over power the eyes. Brilliant work.

    P24 Then you reduce your work to perfect simplicity with the plant on the table. The plant grabs our eyes and holds us then we drift to the wood of the table and then the wall of the building.

    P30 I love all the different textures that you have captured in this photo, the two different stone walls, the gravel and the just in the distance the ridges of the roof of the building.

    You have an incredible talent.



    • Reply Min January 7, 2016 at 11:16 am

      Thank you Patrick. As you’d know, I really do value your feedback on my photography and really appreciate the time you take to let me know specifically which images you like most and why. Your detailed comments are such a source of encouragement to me. Thank you! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Ashlea @ Glamour Coastal Living January 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful photos as always!! You have such a good eye for detail and I love the textures and contrasts of the old rustic surfaces. What a beautiful set of barn doors and there is something about the last shot that captivates me, love that one!

    • Reply Min January 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Thank you so much Ashlea for such lovely feedback on my photographs! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Sally@Toddlers on Tour January 8, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Beautiful photos as always Min.
    I am not a great photgrapher – but wish I was so picking up some hints on composition looking at ALL your Tasi photos.

    • Reply Min January 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Thank you Sally! I’m glad my photo’s are giving you some composition hints. Like with anything, I’m always learning and improving. I’m sure you’ll be taking great shots in no time! 🙂 xo

  • Reply Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection January 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Your pictures are just beautiful. I would pay money for some of these. Great work Min. Looking forward to seeing your wonderful pictures this year.

    • Reply Min January 8, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Oh you are so lovely! Such a wonderful compliment and it means a lot to me – thank you Natalie! xo

  • Reply Bec Senyard January 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Wow Min, I just love the photos. What a stunning house and what a talented photographer you are. I’ve been reading about all these beautiful places and I have caught the travel bug with your post and Toddlers on Tour. We won’t commit to travelling until Phoebe is a little older though. x

    • Reply Min January 8, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you Bec! Such a lovely encouraging comment and feedback and so appreciated. Probably wise to leave your travelling to when Phoebe is a little older. It will be much more enjoyable for all then I think. xo

  • Reply Vanessa January 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Old houses have so much more character!! I love old buildings.

    • Reply Min January 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      They sure do! I love old buildings and old things in general. 🙂 xo

  • Reply Kylie Purtell January 12, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    Amazing Min, your photos are gorgeous! Tassie looks like a photographer’s dream! I am so keen to get down there one day with my camera (husband and children optional, lol!)

    • Reply Min January 12, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Thanks Kylie! Yes Tassie is a photographers dream – just so beautiful everywhere! My problem was that I was travelling and therefore didn’t have the pick of best time of day for photographs (which would be preferable for landscape photography in particular) – just had to take them when I was there and hope for the best. Hope you get to Tassie one day soon! 🙂 xo

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