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Sites of Significance - Then and Now

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A little girl standing on a safety zone pole on 16 August 1945. She is flying her flag in Macquarie Street, Hobart. Photo by The Mercury. A modern day photo was taken on 24 July 2020 and the 1945 photo has been overlayed onto the new photo.
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Then and now. A photo taken by The Mercury newspaper on 15 August 1945 captured the happy mood with the announcement that the Second World War was finally over. Excited crowds took over Macquarie Street, Hobart. 75 years later a colour photo was taken on the same location for the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Pacific Day.
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Four lads stand around the statue of Sir John Franklin in Franklin Square, Hobart on 16 August 1945 as part of the celebrations for the end of World War Two. Photo by The Mercury. A colour photo of the same location was taken in 2020 and appears in the background.

Sites of Significance - Now and Then is a project aiming to identify a collection of different images of sites of significance taken during the Second World War and how Tasmanians celebrated Victory in the Pacific on 15 August 1945.

For an impression  of how Tasmanians commemorated Victory in the Pacific, visit the Hobart and Launceston webpages.

You can also visit other Australian significant sites today.

To view enlarged versions of the Tasmanian sites, click on the image on the right of the screen.