December 2023 Newsletter

Read the December 2023 Launceston Historical Society Newsletter here: 191 December 2023

This is a wrap-up for the year and includes a summary of the last two lectures and other activities:

  • Prue McCausland’s talk on The Albert Hall & the International Exhibition 1891-92
  • Michelle Blake’s virtual tour of local heritage in Launceston
  • East Tamar Excursion
  • Old Perth Gaol Archaeological Dig
  • Primary History Prize
  • Lectures organised so far for 2024
  • List of ‘Our History’ articles for the last two months
  • Links to the LHS Membership Form in Word – renewals are due on 31 December 2023

Everyone is welcome to come along each month to hear the speakers tell us more about our history. Admission is free for LHS members, and $5 for visitors.

History Prizes

The Launceston Primary School History Prize for 2024 will open after Easter.

Be in the running to win book vouchers from Petrarch’s Bookshop by doing some historical research and presenting it in a short video or project.

Open to all students from the Launceston area in grades 3 – 6.

More information and entry forms for 2024 will be available here:


The Marita Bardenhagen Memorial Award for Local History is a biennial prize acknowledging outstanding original research in the field of local history with significant Tasmanian content.

The 2023 Award opens on 14 June and closes on 30 September. 

Application forms are available from Dr Dianne Snowden AM at

The 2021 winner was Jill Cassidy for her book Deviot Talks. She was awarded $1,500.