Lt-Col Mark Cameron, Tasmanian Artillery from Federation to Gallipoli

This is the story of 140 volunteer gunners from across Tasmania who, with their 125 horses and their four prized 18-pounder field guns sailed to war in September 1914. It is not a story of heroics or glamour but rather a story of endurance and perseverance in doing their bit.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cameron RFD, JSSC, RAA, Retired, enlisted in the Australian Army’s 6th Field Regiment (City of Launceston) as a Gunner in 1965. He retired in 2000 to take up the honorary appointment of Colonel Commandant of Artillery which he held until 2006.

In his forty years’ service as a reservist, he has commanded Reserve units in both Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Under his command, the Launceston-based 16th Field Battery twice won the Mount Schanck trophy as the top Reserve Artillery Unit in Australia. His military assignments have included, South Vietnam, Japan, Brunei, the Philippines, and with the Honourable Artillery Company, City of London. He is a graduate of the Department of Defence’s Joint Services Staff College and holds post-graduate qualifications in strategic studies.

Following his service in artillery, training, and personnel appointments, he was posted to the Australian Army Staff College at Fort Queenscliff, Victoria. As part of the Directing Staff, he was involved in the military component of the joint College/Deakin University’s Master of Military Studies program and the integration of Reserve programs through distance learning. His ongoing interest in military history has seen him visit battle sites including Turkey, the Western Front, Eastern Europe, Greece, Timor, and the Pacific.

Sunday 10 April 2022 – 2pm at the Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk

All welcome. LHS members free, visitors $4.


The 34th John West Memorial Lecture is by Dr. Alison Alexander on the subject 'End of Convict Transportation'.

Thursday 3rd March, 2022 - 8:00pm at the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania, Newnham.

John West, kind and unassuming, was the hero of Tasmania's fight against transportation in the 1840s. He stood up to the might - and force - of the British Empire in defense of what he believed to be just and right.  This talk sets the anti-transportation battle, and John West, in the context of the two-century story of the British Empire.

Alison Alexander was born and educated in Tasmania and has had a career writing Tasmanian history. Her books range from commissioned books for institutions ranging from Launceston Grammar to the Clarence Football Club, to general works and biographies. Her latest book is Tasmania v British Empire: the fight against convict transportation.

Held in partnership with the University of Tasmania.

All welcome. Free event, numbers are limited. Bookings on Eventbrite: Island of Ideas Events Calendar


Sunday 20th February, 2022 starting at 2:00pm in the Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk.


MARGARET MACK - "Miss Mack" to generations of her patients and colleagues - OAM, physiotherapist, war veteran, Soroptomist, bridge player, world traveller, inspiration to many, fearless and eccentric - was one of Launceston's most notable residents from the late 1930s until her death in 2005. Using examples from a vast collection of personal documents, photos, newspaper reports and other sources, this talk will focus on the woman behind the image, with an emphasis on her early years.

Eighty years after Margaret, hew nephew, Richard Mack, made a similar journey from Victoria to Northern Tasmania. He has had a career in education - secondary teaching, TAFE administration, and training consultancy. Whenever work brought him to Tasmania he would visit his aunt and learn about her life and community. With a lifelong passion for history and cricket, he and his wife now enjoy a quiet retirement in Longford, used as a base for exploring the beauty of the island.

All welcome. LHS members free, visitors $4


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 topic, but actually there's a wealth of stories to be told through the houses and decorations of colonial Van Diemen's Land by literally peeling back the layers.

Alan has also taught himself the skills to re-create historic wallpapers and has created beautiful masterpieces for Narryna Heritage Museum, National Trust Tasmania and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

All welcome to attend with Members free & visitors $4



The Launceston Historical Society, in conjunction with the Launceston General Hospital Historical Committee, presents the Ninth Pugh Day Lecture featuring Professor Alicia Dennis.

The title of the lecture: THE ROLE OF ANAESTHETISTS IN SAFE CHILDBIRTH IN AUSTRALIA - from pioneers to present day.

To be held in the Meeting Room at QV Mag Museum at Inveresk on Sunday 20th June at 2:00pm.

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. Free for members & $4.00 for visitors.

Email or phone 6327 2540

Alicia Dennis, Professor in the School of Medicine, Deakin University, holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne and is a staff specialist anaesthetist and Director of Anaesthesia Research at The Royal Women's Hospital, Melbourne.

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.

Email or phone 6327 2540 to book.

Free admission for Members. Admission is $4:00 for non-members.

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