CHARLES Henry Smith spent nearly 50 years in Launceston building a very successful family business that operated for a century. C. H. Smith still trades today but not from the premises in Charles Street that have become a Launceston landmark for all the wrong reasons.
In 1970 there were about 4000 people working in Launceston’s textile mills. The biggest by far was the Patons and Baldwins mill at Glen Dhu with a workforce of over 2000. Within a decade, however, an industry that had existed for a century had all but disappeared.