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 $5 for visitors.

COVID Requirements

The Museum meeting room can now accommodate 100 people. There is no need to book to attend lectures in person. More details are in the latest Newsletter, and in email notifications to members.

 Masks are no longer mandatory.

2024 Meetings: 

Sunday, 18 February 2024 Poster
Annual General Meeting with guest speakers John Dent & Rod Oliver, 100 years of the Rotary Club of Launceston

Sunday, 17 March 2024  John West Memorial Lecture
Kristyn Harman, A good riddance: The Inception of Criminal Deportation in Colonial Australia

Sunday, 21 April 2024 Poster
Julian Burgess, Crooks, Craftsmen and Gold Diggers! French and Italian Convicts in Launceston in the 1840s

Sunday, 19 May 2024 Poster
Stefan Petrow, Joseph Reginald Forward and the Making of the Launceston Public Library 1906 to 1948

Sunday, 16 June 2024 Poster                                                                                           Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Constructing a Convict Memorial for Tasmania

Sunday, 21 July 2024 Poster
Catherine Pearce & Wendy Roberts, Boot up for a Byte of History (A virtual walking tour of Launceston’s CBD with ‘Cya on the Road’)

Sunday, 18 August 2024 Mead, Smith, von Stieglitz Memorial Lecture
Brad Wood, Henry Rice – From Calcutta Convict to East Coast Explorer

Sunday, 15 September 2024 
Louise Zarmati, Maria Campbell: woman of color, a very intelligent female of 20 years of age

Sunday, 20 October 2024                                                                                            Lucy Frost, Convict Orphans sent to Launceston and the Tamar Valley

Thursday, 7 November 2024                                                                                            Excursion to Latrobe. Members only

Sunday, 17 November 2024
Darren Watton & John Dent, The Old Perth Gaol Archaeological Dig