New Launceston postcards!

Cnr of Brisbane and George Streets, Launceston. Blundells is on the corner that now has Holyman House (the big white place with the travel agents that isn’t the Flight Centre). This is before 1912. Larger version The two-storey building on the right is next door to the Princess Theatre which isn’t there (it opened 1911,…

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A Visit to the Star Theatre

Then: With to-day’s announcement of the opening next Tuesday of the Star Theatre, Invermay, comes the fulfilment of an ambition on the part of the directors of Star Theatres Pty. Ltd. to extend their chain of theatres to the suburbs of Launceston, with such a model theatre as has been enjoyed by local citizens who…

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On the numbering of houses in Launceston

From 1833 Police Act and 1838 Police Act: “From time to time to allot a number to each house in every street or pubic place with the said Towns which number the occupier of every house is hereby required to paint or affix or cause to be pained or affixed in legible characters upon the…

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Grass.

So Joee gave me Grass as a theme. I have lots of photos of grass, usually taken from a car, but I think when it comes to grass, we have to talk about Maria Island. Now for those not familiar with Maria Island, it is a small island off the east coast of Tasmania and…

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Look what I have!

So the mail didn’t bring me the books it should have brought, but it did bring me some postcards This one is Alexandra Bridge at the Cataract Gorge. Which is sort of this view. It’s one of those pictures where the more you look at it, they more you see. Guess where this is! This…

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A visit to the live animal collection in Launceston’s City Park

The live animal collection in City Park started in 1881. Most of the animals, as noted below, apparently being donated, and others were the result of exchanges with similar establishments. The first article gives a list of the animals that were exhibited the year after it was was established. By the time of the visit in…

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Blooming Tasmania in photos

I took some photos at the Blooming Tasmania Festival in Launceston at the Albert Hall last week. The Albert Hall is on the edge of City Park. Most of the exhibits were inside, but there were a handful outside. More of them later.. Tiger! Ferns, from Fernmania. They sell tree ferns. You can see some there. Because daffodils….

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From bridge to bridge: Cataract Gorge in flood

The Cataract Gorge in flood, from Kings Bridge to Alexandra Suspension Bridge. (Slightly bigger versions if you click on them.) The path along here was closed just before the toll-keepers cottage. In the centre, the quiet waters of the North Esk, that peaked yesterday, meets the foaming waters from the South Esk, that peaks tomorrow. k…

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Road Trip: Day I Part I

On the highway I took photos from the car window, to see how they’d come out. I like the lighting and colours in this region. One day maybe I’ll get a chance to stop and take proper photos, but we’re always just passing through on the way to somewhere else.  As most of the trip…

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