January 19, 2017

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.

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January 9, 2017

     Launceston train driver Lou Dennis prospecting for gold in the Gorge in 1937.

Photo courtesy of the Lou Dennis Family Collection.

In March 1857 gold fever swept Launceston with hundreds of fortune hunters converging on the South Esk River at the Third Bas...

January 3, 2017

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.

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