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Hobart Macquarie Probus monthly excursion

On the high point of the Queens Domain, about 2 km for the Hobart CBD, sits  the Tasmanian Maritime Radio(TMR) Station and attached Museum. This location was the venue for a recent Hobart Macquarie Probus Club monthly excursion.


From very small beginnings, 40 plus years ago, when a group of mariners decided to establish a basic radio network, which was manned by volunteers, and provided communications in South Eastern Tasmanian waters, it has grown to the sophisticated volunteer organisation it is today.

TMR now has many radio/relay stations on the Tasmanian Coast Lines, at locations as remote as Maatsuyker Island on the far south coast of the State.

Recently the station re-located in brand new building with state-of-the-art communications equipment, which houses the operational consoles (Radio Room), Museum of Historic Communications Equipment and Modern Staff facilities.

TMR is a volunteer organisation that provides communications safety services to Tasmanian Mariners.

A bonus on the day was a visit by a young couple who had just returned from a venture/stay of 222 days alone on Maatsuyker Is, staying in  the LightKeepers’ accommodation and tending to maintenance duties as part of the Friends of Maatsuyker” programme. They presented a talk about their time there and some unique experiences in a very remote location in the wilds of the Southern Ocean.

After the visit the 30+ Hobart Macquarie Probians drove down the hill to the Royal Botanical Gardens and enjoyed a luncheon and fun and fellowship in the Succulent Restaurant in the Gardens”.

The above photo shows some of the visiting Hobart Macquarie Members in the control Room with the duty operator and Manager Mr Barry McCann.