Sitting at the confluence of three rivers, the North and South Esk and the Tamar, Launceston is the third oldest city in the Nation.
Noted as having one of the most intact early streetscapes in the country, the city’s early Colonial and Victorian buildings give Launceston its charm and character. Home to the Palawa people for over 40,000 years, the area was first visited by Europeans in 1798 with the arrival of Bass and Flinders and settled by Lieutenant Colonel Paterson in 1806. Since then, Launceston has been at the forefront of design and development. The first Australian city to be lit by hydro-electric power, underground sewerage, the first use of anaesthetic, and the list goes on. Golf clubs, turf clubs, old banks, art societies, motor cycle clubs and Chamber of Commerce, you name it, most of it happened here first!
With all that innovation going on, it’s a wonder that they had time to go and settle Melbourne, but they did!
This innovation has continued to the present day. In 1998 seahorses were bred in captivity for the first time, and in 2000 the first Australian multimedia laboratory was established here.
This book looks at some of the beautiful buildings that stand as a lasting reminder of the changes that the city has been through. The richness of innovation and architectural design, all captured by Tasmania’s only Grand Master of Photography.
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This book is hardcover with dustjacket, 272pgs, full colour, 240 mm x 210 mm portrait format.
Published in 2014 by: Philip Kuruvita Photography
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