Discover a fascinating virtual world with Augmented Tasmania. Best of all, it’s completely free!
Today’s technology allows us to gaze back at days gone by more clearly than ever before. Explore the towns of Kempton and Oatlands with an enriching new layer—stories from the past brought vividly to life through augmented reality. Discover a rum rebel, march to the gallows, see horses in the stables, plot for freedom, and much, much more.
The app is better suited to iPhone/iPad users (requires iOS 12.2 or later), but is also available on Android 5.0 and up. It sends push notifications when AR experiences are close by, so you’ll know exactly where to find them.
The quaint town of Kempton is just a 45-minute drive north from Hobart. Today, this historic gem is best known as the home of the Old Kempton Distillery (visit their cellar door at Dysart House, an 1840s coaching inn, for whisky tastings and amazing home-cooked Tasmanian produce).
Back in the 19th century, Kempton bustled with activity as a busy coaching stop on the road between Launceston and Hobart. The stage coach silhouette sculptures north and south of the town are a tribute to this history. Fire up the Uist app and delve deeper into stories of the town’s heritage as you explore.
- An avenue of honour to remember the fallen
- Try and try again…
- A fateful letter foretells mysterious death
- A landscape thousands of years in the creating
- A skilled and tenacious resistance continues
- A rum rebel settles in Kempton
- An educated convict with a coin
- A spectacular embezzler emerges into “Society”
- A family empire begins business and prospers
- Society and respectability is confirmed in Kempton
- A business and a building dominates the passing trade
The 19th century town of Oatlands is around a 1-hour drive north from Hobart. The whole town appears locked in time, with its well-preserved streetscape and charming Georgian buildings, including the Callington Mill Historic Precinct and the Oatlands Military Precinct.
Oatlands is delightful to explore on foot. The town boasts the greatest number of historic sandstone buildings in a village setting in Australia, with many now operating as modern shops and eateries (the pancakes and crepes are very popular). There are a range of AR experiences that bring the stories from the sandstone to life as you wander—there is even an AR experience at the old gaol that reconstructs the spine-tingling gallows!
- The Lake Frederick Inn
- The original Oatlands Hotel
- The Stables
- A distant church steeple
- The Government’s Commissariat store
- Drake and Doughty Dispensary
- The Commandant’s house
- In irons and in winter
- A makeover to define Oatlands’ future
- The Court comes to order
- After the bench’s final sitting
- Van Diemen’s Land: an allurement to vice
- A building to dominate the township and its inmates
- Freedom! Many plotted, some succeeded
- The launch into eternity
- The inevitable fate draws closer
- An executioner’s hood is lifted
- Executed at Oatlands Gaol
- A gaol of monotony
- The final roll call rings out
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