History in HobartEdit This
In the twentieth century Hobart's development spread upriver with the establishment of several key industries - the Boyer Newsprint mill at New Norfolk, the Pasminco Electrolytic Zinc Co. on New Town Bay, and the Cadbury's Factory at Austins ferry. Meanwhile, the district of Wapping declined, and the areas south of the city became home to those of better means.
The eastern shore of the river was relatively undeveloped, but the construction of the Tasman Bridge in 1964 hastened it's growth. On 5 January 1975, a zinc freighter collided with the ninth span of the bridge, causing it to collapse with the loss of 12 lives. This tragedy was a major disruption to the city, and a host of ferry services were established to assist commuters - the only other route across the reiver being a temporary bridge near Risdon Cove that added 20 km to the trip. Paradoxically, the disaster helped foster the growth of local businesses on the eastern shore.
Today, Hobart is tamer than it's past but nevertheless a relatively busy town. The most recent difficulties have been pollution of the River Derwent, which had been abused for many years by poor sewage treatment and inustrial outflows. Although the upriver bays are still polluted, recent improvements (especially by the city councils) have made the river an enjoyable place again.