April 26, 2020

HENRY Charles (Harry) Abbott was a successful Launceston businessman and generous supporter of his community whose name has been remembered for the past 60 years on a scout hall on St George's Square.

Born in Victoria in 1876, Harry Abbott was three years old when his f...

April 19, 2020

One of my contributions in the new book Launceston and its environs: a Sound History . . .

For thousands of years the people who dwelt on the banks of the estuary we now call the Tamar River lived with its many and varied sounds – from gentle ripples on tranquil waters...

February 22, 2020

In March 1932 the first regular air passenger service between Tasmania and Flinders Island was introduced by pilot and flying instructor L. M. (Laurie) Johnson.

His Desoutter II single-engined monoplane, given the name Miss Flinders, had been flown out from England betw...

January 22, 2020

Graeme Dineen, who passed away on 23 December 2019 at the age of 78, played a major role in yachting in Tasmania and the development of the Tamar Yacht Club, serving as commodore from 1985 to 1987.

Graeme held numerous club and committee positions in his long associatio...

December 8, 2019

THE jewellery and watchmaking firm F. and W. Stewart was established by Frederick Stewart at 149 Charles Street, Launceston, in August 1878, with younger brother William joining in late 1879.

The brothers were born in Launceston to George and Mary Stewart and their fath...

October 1, 2019

Launceston’s Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery has its origins in the Mechanics Institute, later the Launceston Library, which was established 177 years ago.

The very first edition of The Examiner, on March 12, 1842, carried a report on the well-attended public meet...

September 24, 2019

In November 1908 carriage builder Frederick Paine completed construction of the first car for Launceston motor dealers Hall and Jackson of George Street.

The car was a two-seater 8hp De Dion (pictured at right) and F. Paine Carriage Builder, located at 68 Paterson Stree...

September 17, 2019

The announcement in 1926 that the Rapson Tyre and Rubber Company was to build a factory in Launceston caused great excitement.

Although motor vehicle production was still in its infancy motoring was going through a boom period.

Rapson, a British manufacturer, marketed th...

September 9, 2019

High on the façade of the shop at 161 Charles Street, Launceston, the name David Bruce remains as a reminder of a successful and community spirited businessman.

Born in Scotland in 1850, David Bruce arrived in Launceston from Melbourne in 1880 to work in the Brisbane St...

August 5, 2019

In January 1917 the Headmaster of Scotch College in Launceston announced that he was moving his school to a farm called Ravenscraig at Newstead.

Mitchell Tovell had bought Scotch College boys’ school, located in York Street, in 1914 and had brought it under the auspices...

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