Sorell Newsagency

The Sorell Newsagency is at 15 Gordon Street, Sorell Tasmania 7172.

Interview with Lisa Peacock 2008

Ken and Lisa Peacock bought the Sorell Newsagency because they wanted to try something new and have a new outlook. They have four staff at the moment. Their opening and closing hours are 6:30AM till 6:00PM. They, personally, first opened it in August 2007. It has never been rebuilt. It has always been a newsagency. Four people has owned it including them. No disasters have happened. Originally it was bigger but it was split in half to make a lolly shop on one side.

The Sorell Newsagency was built in 1962 and it was built because it was the only one in Sorell. The size of the building is 468 square metres. The wall material is brick veneer. It has got a tile roof and its Valuation Property Classification is Retail/Business.

In 1983 it was sold for $65,000 but in 2004 it was sold for $400,000.

Pembroke Hotel

The Pembroke opened in 1842. It also got its liquor licence the same year.

The Pembroke isn’t closed on public holidays, they welcome guests and diners.

The Pembrokes facilities are Tas keno (the biggest jackpot was $287,000), the pokies, pool (8 Ball) the Tote and a bottle shop.

The Pembroke also offers a pool tournament if you are interested in pool (8 Ball); we asked how much the Pembroke makes a year with the pokies but it is confidential!

To apply at the Pembroke Hotel as a kitchen hand you must be 14 years old or over. The average income for staff is 35,000-40,000 thousand dollars a year.

There is currently (2008) an ex-student from Sorell School working as a chef in the kitchen he makes really nice food! The Pembroke was involved in a robbery but the security is much better in Sorell now. There is a police station just around the corner.

There are currently no permanent guests at the Pembroke but there is believed to be a ghost. The prices range from $700 dollars a week in a 1 spa suit to $1116.95 for a 5 family apartment but sadly the Pembroke doesn’t have a Valentine’s room.

If you want a great place to stay come to the Pembroke Hotel in Sorell. There is the bird sanctuary, the local park, dance studio, events at the memorial hall (Karate, Dance, P.C.Y.C. etc) and a lot more. Come and stay and meet the friendly staff!

Bibliography:
Pembrokes Home Page
Interview with Pembroke Staff

Sorell Barracks

The Sorell Barracks is a colonial Georgian terrace that was built in 1827. It is the oldest standing building in Sorell.

Situated

The address of the Sorell Barracks is 31 Walker Street, Sorell, Tas and is situated 10 minutes from the airport and 30 minutes from Hobart city. It is also just a 1 hour drive to the historical Port Arthur and a 15 minute drive to the history packed Richmond.

Description
The Sorell Barracks supplies a wide range of accommodation, including a family cottage with one double bedroom and one bedroom with two single beds making it an ideal for newly weds or a small/young family. There are also two upstairs loft apartments.

Features
The Sorell Barracks has stacks of features including: Free video library, Barbeque, Refrigerator, Microwave, T.V reception, Spa Bath and LOADS more.

Misc
One guest reviewed the Sorell Barracks and said that it was a little further out than she had expected. She also thought that it was fairly small for three adults yet it was nice and cosy.

Written by David and Keelan.

Hook ‘n’ Camping

The Sorell Fishing shop, called Hook ‘n’ Camping, opened in December 2003. The best selling products are lures. They opened from 9am-6pm Monday to Saturday. The shop is found in the Gateway Shopping Centre.

Stuart Bailey was the owner in 2008. He decided to open the shop in Sorell because of the growing population and because there was no other fishing shop in Sorell. They like to fish and they get the most customers on Friday. When they moved here it was just a empty room.

Pictures taken by: Ricky Pritchard

Creature Comforts Pet Shop

Creature Comforts was opened on the 15th January 2007. They sell cats, dogs, fish, mice, rats, hermit crabs, budgies, finches, canaries, cockatiels and parrots.

The also have a wide range of bird toys, dog toys, guinea pig accessories, quality pet food and animal medicines. Creature Comforts was originally called “Flyns” before the current owner, Joy Thomas, took over and named the pet shop Creature Comforts.

Animal Hospital

The Animal Hospital was first built around 1986 then rebuilt in 2004. It got rebuilt so that people had better service for their sick animals. They have a bigger operating room and bigger working space than before. It took many builders including the staff members to rebuild.

Rob the manager, in 2008, wanted to be a doctor when he was 4 years of age then he realised that it was too much to have a human’s life in his hands so he decided to be a vet. He had to go to university for 5 years.

At the Animal Hospital they get 25-30 animals in a day, Mainly dogs and cats but other unusual animals like snakes, ducks, echidnas, rats, falcons, eagles, devils, quolls, cows, horses, ferrets and many others are brought in to be checked.

Some people say that cats don’t have 9 lives but in fact they do. We asked if they had any bad accidents and Rob said, “Yes, we have and its very devastating.”

The Animal Hospital will make sure that your pets are well looked after. You can get all kinds of supplies for your pets. Any pet that you have that is sick or injured be sure to take it to the Animal Hospital.