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Launceston Historical Society October Meeting

Nigel Burch, The Little Skipper: Sir John Evans Sir John (Captain Jack) Evans served as Premier from 1904 to 1909, only because he couldn’t find anyone to take the job! It is often said that nice guys finish last. Fortunately, it’s not always true. He was a kind and humble man, who...

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Dr. Nic Haygarth presents: ‘Who Killed the Tigers; A preliminary analysis of applicants for the Tasmanian thylacine bounty 1888-1909’. In the years 1888-1909 the Tasmanian Government paid a £1 bounty for a dead adult thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) and ten shillings for a dead juvenile...

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Launceston Historical Society August Meeting

Robert Smith will speak on William Henry Clayton: an amateur’s perspective of the legacy of the architect in Tasmania and New Zealand. From 1848 – 1863, William Henry Clayton was an architect, surveyor, and engineer in Tasmania. His many achievements can still be seen in and around...

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The History of Holden – Henry James Holden

By: Graham McDonald“Holden is no more: General Motors announces the 164-year-old Aussie auto brand will be axed by the end of the year.” – Business Insider Australia 17 February 2020 This announcement caused shock waves through Australia as so many of the population had grown up...

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Launceston Historical Society July Meeting

‘IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK’ Guest Speaker for our July meeting is Alan Townsend. Alan Townsend is a heritage officer at both Clarence and Southern Midlands Council. Over the years, he has developed a bit of an obsession with historic wallpapers. Now this might sound like a boring...

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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...

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33rd John West Memorial Lecture

The next Launceston Historical Society event will be: The 33rd John West Memorial Lecture  Dr Eric Ratcliff John West’s Launceston and where it went  Friday 12 March 2021 – 8pm,  Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania, Newnham. John West came to Launceston at the end of 1838 and left...

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Launceston Historical Society

The Launceston Historical Society are holding their Annual General Meeting on Sunday February 21st, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Meeting Room, QV Museum at Inveresk. Guest Speaker is Nigel Burch. His subject will be Sir Richard Dry, Our Greatest Hero. Numbers are limited & bookings are essential....

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