July Speaker

Sunday, 21 July 2019, 2 pm at the Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk  Poster

Duncan Grant, Small churches of Northern Tasmania

Duncan Grant taught history for many years, but now pursues it as a hobby and has an interest in historical buildings and combines this with amateur photography.

Since the settlement of Tasmania approximately 1200 churches have been built. Each of these churches feature in Duncan’s “blog” – “Churches in Tasmania”. He uses the blog and social media to highlight the place and importance that ‘church’ and religion once held in Tasmanian society.

The blog approaches each church as a lens through which to appreciate aspects of life of rural and urban communities. The local church was a place that transmitted values and culture; channelled knowledge of the outside world; bonded communities; empowered women; fostered education; reflected status; reinforced class and sectarian interests; and formed a defence against perceived social threats and ills.

Duncan’s presentation will highlight a few of the lesser known, ‘smaller’ and ‘forgotten’ churches in Launceston and the surrounding region and explore how some of these buildings contribute to our understanding of the past.

All welcome. Free for LHS members, $4 for visitors. Afternoon tea will be served.