I love walking among old beautiful buildings. That’s one of the reasons I loved many towns and cities in England, and Charleston and Savannah in the USA, so much. And now there’s a place in Australia I can do the same.
Tasmanian cities and towns are full of stone buildings built in the 1800s – in most towns, they haven’t been replaced by hideous modern stuff. Below are some of the buildings in Launceston. You can take several self-guided walks using a brochure from the information centre. We had only a day and a bit to meander around Launceston, and these are some of the images Angela and I took.
Interior, Launceston main post office; photo by Angela Coco
Chalmers Church (not used as a church at present), built in 1859, originally the Free Church of Scotland, then Presbyterian, deconsecrated in 1981
More fine architecture in Launceston …
Albert Hall convention centre, first used as such in 1891, listed on the Register of the National Estate in 1978; photo by Angela Coco
Holy Trinity Anglican Parish Church
Lienard and Moreau fountain in Princes Square, first exhibited in Paris in 1855
Town Hall plaque – note the chained thylacines (the now extinct, systematically murdered by humans Tasmanian tiger) on the left and right
Batman Fawkner Inn pub sign; photo by Angela Coco
City Baptist Church; photo by Angela Coco
Post Office clock tower opposite Princes Square, built 1889; photo by Angela Coco
Batman Fawkner Inn, once the Cornwall Hotel, built in 1824
Diana (the Huntress) on the Branch Office Business Centre building on the corner of Cameron and George streets; statues of Venus and Fortuna are on the same building
Oast house, Boag’s Brewery
Now a fine wood furniture shop
Macquarie House, a warehouse built in 1829
Masonic Centre, finished 1884 (Italian style, Corinthian façade)
Private house; photo by Angela Coco
And there are many, many more. Perhaps I am so attracted to this era of architecture because I grew up in an 1880s stone cottage in South Australia. Launceston is delightful.