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...

June 9, 2019

World War I may have ended on November 11, 1918, but the formal signing of a peace treaty between the Allied Nations and Germany took more than six months to negotiate.

As thousands of service men and women who had survived the “Great War” were returning to Australia fr...

May 19, 2019

Launceston’s redeveloped C. H. Smith precinct in Charles Street has a commercial history going back nearly 200 years.

William Sharland’s 1826 map of Launceston shows two private buildings on the site with the landholders listed as Thomas Massey, an ex-convict made good,...

April 29, 2019

The imminent opening of the redeveloped C. H. Smith and Company site in Charles Street, Launceston, will perpetuate the name of a prominent and successful businessman.

When the business name Chas. H. Smith and Company appeared in Launceston in July 1889 it was the start...

April 14, 2019

In the 1920s Launceston was home to the largest furniture factory in Australia, a vast industrial complex that covered 10 acres at Invermay, established by businessman William Coogan.

W. Coogan & Co. also had factories at Hobart and Burnie making a wide range of furnitu...

April 4, 2019

The Great Flood of 1929 remains the most deadly flood disaster in Tasmania’s history.

Ninety years ago wild weather and rain across Northern Tasmania started in late March and intensified in early April with 18 inches (457mm) of rain recorded between April 3 and 6.

It is...

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