Adelaide : Rigby, 1973.
Launceston was the home of individual and enterprising characters from very early in its history. John Batman and his friends met in the Cornwall Hotel to plan their settlement at Port Phillip; George Coppin, the “father of Australian theatre,” trod the boards of the Royal Olympic Theatre in 1844; and Dr William Ross Pugh of Launceston was in 1847 the first man to administer an anaesthetic in the southern hemisphere. As well as such better-known identities there were merchants, officials, and and clergymen who established the township on the Tamar and built its earliest homes, churches, and public building, and a host of those who “ did not pay their own passage out:” the convicts who provided the necessary labour. Trade across Bass Strait made Launceston museum.
For many years Launceston was a wide-open township where temperance societies battled against demon rum and soldiers from Paterson Barracks fought the townsfolk in the streets. But gradually it settled into the serenity which helps to make it one of Australia’s most beautiful and historic cities, with many fine buildings to recall its colonial past. In this book Patsy Adam Smith tells the Launceston story in her usual vivid prose, illustrated by Arthur Phillips’ strongly-executed sketches.
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