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...

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