Meetings of the Launceston Historical Society

Third Sunday of the Month at 2pm, Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk

Monthly meetings are held from February to November, usually on the afternoon of the third Sunday in the month, at the Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum at Inveresk, at 2pm unless otherwise notified. Speakers include members of the Society and other historians.

The Society hosts the John West Memorial Lecture, delivered by a prominent Australian, in March each year. The Annual General Meeting is held in February.

Below is the current schedule for these meetings. See the latest newsletter for more information on upcoming events.

Admission is free for LHS members and $4 for visitors.

COVID Requirements

The Museum meeting room can now accommodate 110 people, but we cannot serve afternoon tea. There is no need to book to attend lectures in person, but members can watch the live stream at home via Zoom. More details are in the latest Newsletter, and in email notifications to members.

From 1 May 2021 all visitors to the QVMAG are required to check in with the Tas App by scanning the QR code displayed in the foyer. If you do not have a smart phone the attendant staff can check you in on the QVMAG device.

2021 Meetings: 

Sunday, 21 February 2021 – AGM form 2021  + Poster AGM 2021
Annual General Meeting with guest speaker Nigel Burch, Sir Richard Dry, our greatest hero

Friday, 12 March 2021 –  John West Memorial Lecture
Held at the Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania, Newnham at 8pm
Dr Eric Ratcliff, John West’s Launceston, and where it went

Sunday, 18 April 2021 – Poster
John Dent & Darren Watton, Kings Meadows Road Station  

Sunday, 16 May 2021 – Poster
Derek Binns, John Francis: royal assassin, Launceston builder

Sunday, 20 June 2021 – Pugh Day Lecture Poster                                                       Professor Alicia  Dennis, The Role of Anaesthetists in Safe Childbirth in Australia – from pioneers to present day … Due to the Melbourne lockdown, the paper is to be presented by Dr John Paull.

Sunday, 18 July 2021 – Poster
Alan Townsend, If these walls could talk

Sunday, 15 August 2021
Robert Smith,  William Henry Clayton: an amateur’s perspective of the legacy of the architect in Tasmania and New Zealand

Sunday, 19 September 2021 – Mead, Smith, von Stieglitz Memorial Lecture
Dr Nic Haygarth, Who killed the Tigers? A preliminary analysis of applications for the Tasmanian thylacine bounty 1888-1909

Sunday, 17 October 2021
Nigel Burch, Sir John Evans, the Reluctant Premier

Sunday, 1 November 2021 (Monday long weekend)                                                      Excursion to Swansea. Members only.

Sunday, 21 November 2021
Graeme Williams, Around Tasmania with Spurling