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The Ruins of the Beaumaris Zoo

An old-fashioned zoological garden, The Beaumaris Zoo (sometimes referred to informally as simply the “Hobart Zoo”, was originally opened in 1895 at the private Battery Point residence of socialite Mary Grant Roberts.

Though uneducated in animal science, Roberts wrote the manual on the care and breeding of Tasmanian Devils and was hands-on with all her charges, especially her beloved thylacines or Tasmanian tigers. She bought a mother and three cubs to her Zoo in 1909, and a number passed through the gates over the years.

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