Sawyer’s Arms (1)

Cameron Street


The Colonist, 20 May 1834
The Colonist, 20 May 1834

[Antonio Martini] By 1823 he had received his ticket-of-leave and moved to Launceston. The same year he bought a town allotment in Tamar Street and three years later purchased adjoining land. In 1825 he received his certificate of freedom and built two dwellings on his land. One structure, a two-storey wooden building with verandah and balcony, was to become known as Martini’s Corner. About 1828 he rented this building to B Smythe, who conducted his Cornwall Collegiate Institution there until 1834, when Martini converted the building to a hotel, calling it the Sawyer’s Arms. He was the licensee until 1843.

About 1832 he started a timber business in partnership with William Burke: in 1833 Martini was listed as a sawyer in Launceston. In 1833 he married Mary O’Mara, who had arrived in Hobart on the Norval in 1830. They had a son, born in 1834, and a daughter, born in 1836. Mary died on 18 June 1836, soon after the birth of her daughter. In 1838 Martini constructed a wooden building in Cameron Street, next to his hotel on the corner of Tamar and Cameron streets, to serve as the first dedicated place of worship for the Catholics of Launceston. It was the Catholic Chapel from 1838 to 1842, when St Joseph’s was opened in Margaret Street. He built a brick hotel on the corner of Brisbane and Tamar streets in 1844. Later named the Royal Oak, it was leased by the Martini family to a succession of publicans until the 1950s when it passed out of the Martini family ownership. Antonio Martini died at his home in Tamar Street on 6 March 1867, aged eighty-seven years.
Launceston Historical Society Inc, Newsletter No 104, October 2007, p. 6 (pdf)

Tynan’s Hotel — Bridge Hotel

SE corner of Tamar Street and Boland St (previously the Esplanade). Google Maps.

October 2008

1888-91 Patrick Tynan, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street bridge/Tamar Street & Esplanade
1892-93 Sarah Davies, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street (advertised as Davies’ Hotel)
1894 Elizabeth Mary Davies, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street
1895 Sarah Davies, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street
1896 Robert Earl, snr, Tynan’s Bridge Hotel, Tamar Street
1897-99 Patrick Murphy, Tynan’s Hotel, Tamar Street and Esplanade

Known as Tynan’s Bridge Hotel during the 1890s, Bridge Hotel (officially from 1903), Victoria Bridge Hotel (from 1908) and later Backwater Creek Hotel.

Photo of Invermay Rd & bridge, hotel on left at back
1940s as Victoria Bridge Hotel
Photo, 1995, as Backwater Creek

October 2008

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Whale Fishery

cnr of Tamar and Cimitiere Street

1833 John Griffith
1834-35 William Griffiths
1836-40 John Jacob Driver

This seems to have been in at least two locations. The first one, which seems to have been short lived, was no longer a licenses premises by March 1834 (see advertisment below).  The second location wsa in Tamar (Bridge) Street. In the later advertisments the references to Tamar, Cimitiere & William St might all referring to property marked with an X on the Smythe’s map of 1835, or they might be referring to different locations and therefore different buildings. I am looking into it.

Smythe 1835

Also using the map above, there is only one corner of Tamar and Cimitiere that has buildings marked, shown here with a red arrow.

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*** Sawyer’s Arms (2) – Royal Oak Hotel (2)

Cnr Tamar & Brisbane Streets.
c. 1844


From “Licensing Meeting”:
William Elliott, Black Horse, Brisbane street. Mr. Sams only voted in favour. Refused.
William Spearman, The Sawyers’ Arms, Brisbane and Tamar-streets. Mr. Sams for, the rest against.
John Waldron, for The Albion Hotel, York and George-streets Refused.
The three preceding licenses had been refused to former occupiers at the annualmeeting.

Launceston Advertiser, 2 November 1846

Cornwall Chronicle, 15 February 1851

Cornwall Chronicle, 10 September 1851

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