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Hobart is the capital and most populous city of the state of Tasmania in Australia. The city today has a population of 200,525 (as of the 2006 census).
The first British settlement on Tasmania took place in 1803, when a penal colony was established at Radison Cove on the eastern shore of the Derwent River. However, in 1804 the settlement was moved to Sullivan Cove, the present day location of Hobart. Initially the town as known as "Hobart Town" or "Hobarton", the name being chosen to honor Lord Robert Hobart, 4th Earl of Buckinghamshire who was the British Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, at that time.
Hobart is internationally famous as being the site of the fnish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race which starts in Sydney on Boxing Day (December 26th).
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