Meetings of the Launceston Historical Society

Third Sunday of the Month 2.00pm, QVMAG 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, QVMAG Museum at Inveresk. Speakers include members of the Society and other historians.

The Society hosts The Examiner-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 and visitors are welcome.

2014 Meetings:

Sunday, 16 February 2014 - Annual General Meeting + Poster
Stefan Petrow – ‘Developing the highest moral instincts’: Protecting Animals in Launceston 1879 to 1923

Friday, 14 March 2014 – The Examiner-John West Memorial Lecture
Held at the University of Tasmania at Newnham at 8.00pm
Professor Philip Payton – From Launceston to Launceston – Perspectives on the Cornish in Australia

Sunday, 13 April 2014 – Australian Heritage Week 
Jenny Gill – Early Launceston Hospitals

Sunday, 18 May 2014 – Tasmanian Heritage Festival Month (Walking Tour) Poster
Robyn Jones & Committee Members – Monuments and Monkeys: A Walk in Historic City Park. Meet at the Tamar Street gate before 2.00pm. Afternoon tea for $5.00 at Victoria’s Cafe on City Park, Albert Hall, Cimitiere Street at approximately 3.30pm.

Sunday, 15 June 2014 – Third Pugh Day Lecture Poster
Dr Chris Ball – Cobras, chloroform and consumption – the life and times of Joseph T Clover

Sunday, 20 July 2014 Poster
Roger Kellaway – The Third Basin Gold Rush 1857

Sunday, 17 August 2014 Poster
Hamish Maxwell-Stewart – Imprisonment and the Family

Sunday, 21 September 2014 – Joint History Seminar with the Oral History Association of Australia (Tas) 10.00am – 3.00pm $25.00 includes lunch & afternoon tea      History Seminar Program      +     Seminar Registration
Peter Henning – Tasmanian Nurses in the Second World War: Breaking the Silence
Anne Green and Dr Thomas Gunn – Writing the History of St Giles
Alis Wood – Jessie Luckman, in her own words

Sunday, 19 October 2014 Poster
Nick Clements – Frightened to Death: Colonists’ Experience of Aboriginal Violence in Tasmania

Sunday, 26 October 2014 Springfield Excursion form
Robert Smith – Excursion to Springfield
Meet the bus in the car park in Eardley Street behind the RSL Club, Wellington Street, Launceston, before 9.30am. Enjoy a day trip to St Paul’s Church, Springfield. Bookings essential, cost is $20.00.

Sunday, 16 November 2014, Christmas Celebration + Poster

2.00pm: Steve Radford – History of Telecommunications

3.00pm: Book launch of Around the Block: Launceston, Tasmania – 1966 to 1978, a photographic journey with local photographer George Webb, edited by Ann Power. To be launched by Martin George, from QVMAG.

Mini Book Fair to be held from 1.30 to 2.00pm and during afternoon tea. Launceston Historical Society authors will have their books for sale.