Narryna Heritage Museum

Narryna Heritage Museum

Narryna is a beautiful Georgian sandstone and brick house with a walled and flagstoned courtyard and a coach-house. It is set in a lovely old world garden shaded by huge elm trees. The building was designed by Edward Winch and built for a merchant, a retired sea captain, Captain Andrew Haig, in 1836.

Address: 
103 Hampden Road, Battery Point, TAS
Tel: 
0362342791
Hours: 
Tuesday - Friday 10:30am - 5pm, Saturday -Sunday 2.30pm - 5pm. Closed Christmas day, Good Friday, Anzac Day and the month of July
Admission: 
Adult $6.00, Child $3.00, Concession $5.00, Groups of 10 and over $5.00 (Seniors $4.00).
Facilities: 
Brochure
Collection: 
Approx. 5,000 items plus 124 photos (electronic) Narryna has a most enthralling and significant collection of 19th Century furniture, china, glass, silver paintings, children's toys and domestic equipment. Of special interest is it's large costume and embroidery collection, including examples of Ayrshire embroidery and Berlin wool work, possibly one of the best in Australia. The museum was established in November 1957. It is decorated in the manner of a merchant's house of the early 19th Century and much of the museum's collection is displayed in a "house museum" context.
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Items

Copper Urn from Old Government House

Creator:
Unknown
Description:
One large copper urn with lid, used before 1858 in the original kitchens of Old Government House Hobart. The Old Government House located in Franklin Square was vacated when the new Government House was built in 1858 on Queen's Domain over looking the river Derwent. Gift of Governor Sir Ernest Clarke and Lady Clarke.
Date:
Before 1858
Item Id Number:
1026.02

This large urn is one of a number of items from the old Government House kitchen which provided a very interesting insight into living in the colony before 1858.

Bicycle/penny farthing

Creator:
Probably, Singer & Co. Coventry England. Produced for Nahum Salamon, of the Bicycle and Tricycle Supply Association 27 Holborn Viaduct Coventry England.
Description:
"Matchless" patent rubber-cushioned non-vibrating bicycle better known as a Penny Farthing. It was imported into Australia by Henry Bishop & Co., 79 Bourke Street East, Melbourne. The model number 148778 is cast on all main components making it one of the few bicycles with all original components of the same mould. The machine was built in 1881 and has a front wheel size of 52". It was restored in 1995 by Michael Sullivan of Evandale.
Date:
1881
Item Id Number:
1495.02

Restored in 1995 by Michael Sullivan of Evandale Tasmania. The bicycle is noteworthy because it contains all of its original parts stamped with their original part numbers. The only parts that have been replaced are 2 spokes, which the restorer was able to acquire from England and the leather cover for the seat.

Portrait/oil by Knut Bull (convict artist)

Creator:
Knutt Bull, convict artist
Description:
Portrait in oils of Mrs. Anne Coverdale (nee Harbroe) wife of Dr. John Coverdale M.D. last Civil Commandant of Port Arthur. Gift of Mrs Myles Holland grand daughter of Mrs. Coverdale.
Item Id Number:
1056.01

Signed Knut Bull 1852 on lower left hand side. Signed and dated on lower left hand side "K.Bull, 1852". 76.3cms x 63.5cms

Huon Pine Chest of Drawers

Creator:
Robert J. Roberts. 140 Little Collins Street East, Melbourne
Description:
Birdseye Huon Pine chest of drawers with carved corbels (top and bottom) on each size. Gift of the Misses Lily and Flora Miller of Sandy Bay, Hobart. Part of bedroom furniture display. H.1310mm, W. 1215mm. D. 550mm.
Date:
1865-1876
Item Id Number:
854.01

"Robert J. Roberts" marked inside drawer. This chest of drawers forms part of a complete bedroom exhibit of Huon Pine furniture. Huon Pine is a very slow growing, fine grained wood with outstanding lasting qualities, found only in Tasmania.

Chest (belonging to Governor Arthur)

Creator:
Salter, Widdowson & Tata. Goldsmith & Jewellers to the Duke of Sussex 73 Strand London.
Description:
Iron bound English oak chest with cast iron hasp and lock. Used for the storage of silver plate. On the front there is a polished brass plate (6" x 2 1/2") engraved "Colonel Arthur". Colonel Arthur was Governor of V.D.L. 1824 - 1836. Purchased by the Trust Bank Foundation for Narryna from the estate of the late Sir William Crowther.
Date:
1824 - 1836
Item Id Number:
140.7

Belonged to Governor Arthur subsequently acquired by Sir William Crowther and lent to Narryna on 19-10-57. Bought from Sir William's estate for Narryna by the Trust Bank Foundation.