This imposing building is a pair of Georgian style townhouses that feature three floors and an attic area. They form a really interesting part of the Elizabeth Street streetscape in North Hobart.
The townhouses were built by Joseph Moir in the late 1840’s and he rented them out. Moir worked in the building trade for many years before he opened an ironmongery business in Murray Street. Moir was a thoroughly enterprising man and he would go on the build the iconic Shot Tower at Taroona in 1870 and began his latest career producing lead shot.
Moir passed away in 1874 and the two townhouses were sold to George Salier who happened to live next door to the townhouses in today’s 249 Elizabeth Street. Salier was a merchant and actually represented North Hobart in the House of Assembly between 1866 and 1886.
The building appears in wonderful condition and is still currently in use as office space.
Main Text & Information Source –
“The Story Of North Hobart – Street By Street” – Donald Howatson 2013