Beneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart

Cover of Beneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart by Dr Alison AlexanderBeneath the Mountain: A History of South Hobart has been written by Dr Alison Alexander, winner of the prestigious 2014 National Biography Award.

The 360-page book has been exquisitely designed by leading graphic artist Julie Hawkins of In Graphic Detail.

Hundreds of historic and current photographs, many in vibrant colour, give life to the fascinating text.

Scores of South Hobartians have been interviewed to complement the research by Dr Alexander. Everything that has ever happened in South Hobart is part of this fascinating book, from aboriginal days, through early industries along the Hobart Rivulet – breweries such as the Cascade Brewery, milling, tanning, even producing shell necklaces and wombat coats – and grim days for female convicts at the Cascades Female Factory, to the development of today’s comfortable residential suburb with its wealth of different activities and people.

This exciting venture has been commissioned and supported by the South Hobart Progress Association Inc, with members providing extensive in-kind support. The Hobart City Council has been wonderfully supportive, while many businesses and individuals have financially contributed. In particular, Males Sand, the South Hobart Butchery and South Hobart Capital Chemist have generously supported the project.

“Alexander is good at bringing this broader social history alive with individual stories and anecdotes. She has an eye for the telling incident. As a result, this is not just a history, but a lively compendium of facts, reminiscences and more than 700 pictures that amply convey the diversity of the area and the complexities of individual lives.” Peter Timms’ Review in Tasweekend Mercury.


  • Phone orders: Buy for $60 cash only by phoning (03) 6223 5504 (please leave detailed message) to arrange collection from South Hobart
  • Purchases of the book are also now available through this website using your credit card or VISA debit via Paypal:

Price: $60.00
Postage: $16.00 (anywhere in Australia)

Other sales outlets include:

  • Astrolabe Antiquarian Booksellers, 3 Morrison Street, Hobart
  • Birchall’s Bookshop, 118 Brisbane Street, Launceston
  • Cracked & Spineless, Imperial Arcade, Collins Street, Hobart
  • Dymocks, Centrepoint, Hobart
  • Hobart Council Centre, 16 Elizabeth Street, Hobart
  • Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square, Hobart
  • Fullers Bookshop, 131 Collins Street, Hobart
  • Petrarch’s, 89 Brisbane Street, Launceston
  • South Hobart Butchery, 373 Macquarie Street, South Hobart
  • State Cinema Bookstore, 373 Elizabeth Street, North Hobart
  • Just Tassie Books at The Book Cellar, cnr The Esplanade and 132 High Street, Campbell Town TAS 7210 (03) 6381 1545


Erratum: Long Family, 29th September, 2015