Launceston Historical Society
May 16 @ 2:00 pm
Derek Binns will speak on John Francis: Royal Assassin, Launceston Builder.
In 1842 John Francis attempted to shoot Queen Victoria. Tried and sentenced to death, he was transported to Van Diemen’s Land. Upon obtaining a Conditional Pardon he established a construction firm in Launceston and for over a decade won tenders to build some iconic landmarks, including the Town Hall. What led to Francis trying to shoot the Queen? Why was he transported rather than executed? Which of his Launceston buildings still stand? Learn about Launceston’s very own Royal assassin.
Derek Binns has been working at the Launceston Library for 30 years and his last 10 years have been spent working with Local History. In 2017 he learned about John Francis when the Library received a request for information from the BBC. He continued researching and presented a public lecture in 2018 for the Library’s initial series of Lunchbox Lectures. In April 2019 he had a paper published in the Tasmanian Historical Research Association’s Papers and Proceedings.
All welcome, members free, non-members $4, but bookings are essential: firstname.lastname@example.org or 6327 2540