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  1. Launceston Tasmanian Heritage
  2. Launceston's Notable Houses
  3. Launceston's Elphin Road

Warning! Are any of these houses to be struck from the Heritage lists?
High Street is a treasure-trove of Federation housing styles:
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  • Launceston combines steep (originally heavily wooded) ridges and low-lying areas (originally wetlands.
  • High Street Launceston runs along an Easterly high ridge due South from an intersection with Elphin Road near the city centre, and continues to Talbot Road and then Hobart Road forming a major thoroughfare running through the Eastern side of Launceston.
  • A Real Estate comment: "(These residences are) nestled amongst prestige and class upon the highly sought after and envied High Street."[1]

Why the messy Heritage Listings Here?

  • The Tasmanian Heritage Register and Launceston City Heritage Register are 'opaque' and do not link to nomination data-sheets.This is apparently due to 'lack of resources'.
  • The Tasmanian Heritage Register is only available as a download, so web-crawlers cannot index its contents, meaning you can't readily find out if a Tasmanian residence is Heritage Listed.
  • Good luck trying to find the Launceston City Council Heritage Register from the council website, because it isn't there. You need to use a link like this:

    Schedule 1 - Local Heritage List - Your Voice. Your ...


    yourvoiceyourlaunceston.com.au/planningscheme/documents/.../downlo...Schedule 1 - Local heritage list. Street. No. Street. Suburb ..
  • There is also a continuing process of 'cleaning up' the Tasmanian Heritage Register by removing items, apparently without the publishing of heritage nomination details either by the National Trust or the Local Council. Of course there is a procedure, but are important heritage homes safe?

    Reviewing the integrity of the Tasmanian Heritage Register

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www.heritage.tas.gov.au/thr_review.html
Oct 14, 2015 - "The Tasmanian Heritage Council is continuing its review of the integrity of the Tasmanian Heritage Register, which is the first comprehensive review conducted since the Heritage Register was created in 1997.
  • The next group of letters to affected property owners where the Heritage Council has no evidence that an entry meets the criteria in the Act will be sent out in the coming weeks. The owner letters will be followed by notices to the local council and a public notice as required under the Act. This stage of the process involves places in Launceston, followed by Hobart and then the balance of Tasmania."
  • Most such heritage data-sheets are not public, and must be individually requested. Not only that, most data sheets that I have requested, have minimal information on the heritage values of the property.
  • If you search the internet for most of the listings below, you will only find heritage information that is either on this page, or on the National Heritage Register.
  • A change of public heritage registration information in Tasmania is well overdue.
  • Contact Heritage Tasmania directly, for further information, or to discuss any(heritage) issues you are interested in.
  • In Launceston, if you wish to promote the heritage of these city residences: contact Launceston City Council partners: Heritage Advisory Committee, Tasmanian Heritage Council, University of Tasmania, National Trust, Heritage Tasmania; or the Tasmanian Heritage Council
Map of High St, East Launceston TAS 7250
Map of High St, East Launceston TAS 7250


East Launceston suburb boundaries
East Launceston suburb boundaries

  • Launcestonians argue their architecture is more elegant, their parks more beautiful, their surrounding hills more verdant – and even their food scene just downright zestier. And on many of these points it’s hard to argue.
  • It might have something to do with the recent rebuilding of the city's museums, and with an influx of students and creative types to the University of Tasmania. Art and design are big here, and there’s a new respect for the city’s fabulous cache of heritage buildings.[2]
Aerial view of Launceston CBD, Windmill Park right of centre, Elphin Road clearly visible at right, High Street runs right from (blue pool) prior to the Aquatic Centre construction.
Aerial view of Launceston CBD, Windmill Park right of centre, Elphin Road clearly visible at right, High Street runs right from (blue pool) prior to the Aquatic Centre construction.

Launceston Local Heritage Listed

Schedule 1 - Local heritage list
  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 1 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 17260 19 6599798
  • 4 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 60120 3 7497080
  • 13 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 117016 1 6599747
  • 14 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 50569 1 6599982

14 High Street, East Launceston TAS 7250
"At only 90 years young this outstanding Arts and Crafts style home is all about family, loads of room inside with bedrooms, bathrooms and living!
14 High Street East Launceston, looking North
14 High Street East Launceston, looking North

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Great space outside for play or pottering and only a short walk from almost everything great Launceston has to offer."

Windmill Hill and Aquatic Centre

Launceston Leisure and Aquatic Centre is a double storey structure built at the old Windmill Hill Swimming Pool site in Launceston, Tasmania. The centre was opened on 25 May 2009, at a cost of A$26.3 million.
The pool on the hill means a lot to the local swim squads who train daily.
Aerial view to West, Windmill Hill and Launceston Aquatic Centre, High Street runs to left, York Street to the West
Aerial view to West, Windmill Hill and Launceston Aquatic Centre, High Street runs to left, York Street to the West

Easterly view of York Street and towards Windmill Hill Launceston
Easterly view of York Street and towards Windmill Hill Launceston

Sketch of the Old Signalling Station and cottage, Windmill Hill, Launceston
Sketch of the Old Signalling Station and cottage, Windmill Hill, Launceston

Very old view North from Windmill Hill over City Park to Gas Works and Inveresk.
Very old view North from Windmill Hill over City Park to Gas Works and Inveresk.


Winmill Hill Aquatic Centre East Launceston
Winmill Hill Aquatic Centre East Launceston


Launceston Local Heritage Listed 17-18A High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 17 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 78395 3 6599720
  • 18A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State
  • 18A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 246404 1 6599990
Kurrajong House, Corner 17 Adelaide & 18 High Streets, Launceston, Tasmania
Kurrajong House, Corner 17 Adelaide & 18 High Streets, Launceston, Tasmania


  • Built in 1879, the lovingly restored Kurrajong House offers elegantly decorated rooms

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 21-28 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 21 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 70486 9 6599704
  • 21A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 70486 10 6599691
  • 22 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 33253 1 6600015
Windmill Hill Lodge 22 High Street East Launceston
Windmill Hill Lodge 22 High Street East Launceston


  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 23 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 44760 13 7853823
  • 25 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 91559 1 6599675
  • 27 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 35958 1 1534370
  • 28 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 126854 1 6600031

Rosemount, 27 High St, East Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

An unusual two storey Regency style house built in the 1840's by James Aikenhead who was the founder and proprietor of the Launceston Examiner. Noteworthy features include the unusual patterning to the long elongated central windows on the upper level, the front door, sidelights and fanlight and the large surrounding garden. The building is an important streetscape element.
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28 High Street Launceston Not on THR
28 High Street Launceston Not on THR


Launceston Local Heritage Listed 29 High Street
  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.

  • 29 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 63699 1 6599659
  • 29 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 221910 1 6599659

Hillcrest, 29 High St, East Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

One of Launceston's most dominant Grand Federation houses, it was the original home of Wright of Hinman, Wright & Manser, builders.
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Hillcrest, 29 High St, East Launceston Tasmania
Hillcrest, 29 High St, East Launceston Tasmania

  • The house's compact two storey gable roofed form is extended by two upper storey balconies (the northern side being a particularly fine example of timber fretwork design) and also by a turret roofed bay window projecting from the drawing room.
  • Architect: Thomas Tandy; Date: 1912; Builder: Hinman, Wright & Manser[3]
  • A high quality townhouse from the turn of the century exhibiting many of the features from the Federation style vocabulary including terracotta decoration, corbelled chimneys, half timbered gables, decorative timber balustrades, corner bay window with turret roof, leadlight windows, oriels and timber fence. The building is intact and is a powerful streetscape element.

Description

  • A large two storey brick and stucco Federation style house.
  • It has the full range of features typical of this style: tiled roof with ridge decoration, elaborate corbelled chimneys, gable roofs with half timbered, bracketed ends, decorative timber balustrades, a corner bay window with a turret roof, leadlight windows and tiled entrance porch, it has a fine leadlight front door with keyhole shaped side windows and transom light. The front fence and gate are also intact.

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 30 High Street

Roselea, 30 High Street Launceston
Roselea, 30 High Street Launceston

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 32-32A High Street

  • 32 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 33764 1 6600066

Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston, Tasmania 7250

Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston
Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston

Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston
Ashton Gate Guest House 32 High Street Launceston


  • 32A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 29693 1 6600074

Corner Store: 32A High Street East Launceston

  • Architect: Harold Masters (?); Date: 1908; Builder: J. & T. Gunn
  • A two storey Federation style brick corner shop built by J. &T. Gunns.
  • It is an exceptionally fine and rare example of Federation details applied to a traditional 19th Century building type.
  • Of particular interest is the first floor corner balcony.
  • Sold Date: Fri 11-May-12; listing
  • Launceston Register Of Twentieth Century Architecture

32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250
32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250

32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250
32a High Street, East Launceston, Tas 7250


High Street Group 35-51 High Street Launceston

The second block of High Street on top of the ridge is National Heritage listed:
  • 35-51 High Street, East Launceston. East side of High Street between Adelaide and Arthur Streets.
  • A unified yet diverse group of late Georgian and early Victorian houses.
  • The group, located on the east side of High Street, is quite unified in character but contains a range of styles including Queen Anne and Victorian Italianate.
  • Most are larger houses with front gardens and as a group produce a memorable streetscape.
High Street Group
High Street Group

High Street Group
High Street Group

High Street Group
High Street Group

High Street Group, on left: Hatherley 43 HIGH ST EAST LAUNCESTON THR ID #4371
High Street Group, on left: Hatherley 43 HIGH ST EAST LAUNCESTON THR ID #4371

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 35-40 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 35 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 51176 1 6599640
  • 36 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 25540 3 6600090
  • 36 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 221709 2 6600090
  • 37 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 105814 1 6599632
  • 39 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 15975 1 6599624
  • 40 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 91556 1 6600103
    40-42 High Street East Launceston
    40-42 High Street East Launceston

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 41-52 High St

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 41 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 28149 1 7341289
  • 43 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 231347 1 6599595

Hatherley House 43 High Street East Launceston Tas 7250

  • Sold for $1,910.000 Sat 19-Mar-11 - Listing
  • Hatherley House is a grand mansion listed on the National Estate Register
  • "Unusual large townhouse from the transitional Georgian-Victorian period, the building was constructed in the period 1870-1880.
  • It has a particularly fine eastern facade with verandahs and is an important townscape element in High Street."
Hatherley House
Hatherley House
Hatherley House
Hatherley House

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Hatherley House is a true Tasmanian devil, writes Aimee Leabon
JACK AND REBECCA BIRRELL
JACK AND REBECCA BIRRELL

"One could, in all fairness, be forgiven for assuming Hatherley House to be a bit musty.
  • You know… a place of winding staircases, secret passageways and draughty halls; of small rooms and creaky floorboards. It is, after all, “an 1830’s grand mansion listed on the National Estate Register”, according to the website. Moreover it’s in Launceston..."
  • "There has been a bit of local buzz surrounding Hatherley House, he tells me, thanks to the extensive renovations undertaken by local architects Jack and Rebecca Birrell. The husband-and-wife team reopened the mansion just last year, after a 12-month restoration period which saw the house go from nine rooms to just two, and business has been good ever since.
  • Not that its exterior gives much away. A tall box hedge and a black, wrought iron fence surround the perimeter, completely concealing the house from the road. I pull into the gated driveway"[4]

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 44-49B High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 44 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 199499 1 6600138
  • 45 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 21377 8 6599587
  • 45 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 6599587
  • 47 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 58390 0
  • 48 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 45401 1 2839766
  • 49 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 100314 2 6599499
  • 49A High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 21377 5 7163718
  • 49B High Street EAST LAUNCESTON Local 100314 1 1481109

St Georges Square, East Launceston

6/7 St Georges Square LAUNCESTON
6/7 St Georges Square LAUNCESTON

Map of St Georges Square, East Launceston TAS 7250
Map of St Georges Square, East Launceston TAS 7250

This photo of Highbury Apartments is courtesy of TripAdvisor

  • 52 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 233522 1 6600170

The Gables, 52 High St, East Launceston

Streetview, The Gables 52 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4378
Streetview, The Gables 52 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4378
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston

The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston
The Gables 52 High St, East Launceston

  • A good example of a late Victorian Gothic Revival house built in the 1880's.
  • Features of the house include decorative barges to many gables with finials, slate roofs, Oriel window and verandah complemented by small timber and brick outbuildings.
  • A large two storey late Victorian Gothic house in stuccoed brick, it has steep pitched gable roofs with finials and elaborate barge boards. It has secondary cross gables in the main facade over casement windows and oriel window at southern end.
  • There is a ground floor verandah with slate roof and gable over main entrance.
  • All windows have label moulds over, and there is a ground floor bay window in the southern end.
  • There are two large outbuildings in keeping with the house, with Gothic features and decorated barge boards.

Streetview 53 High Street East Launceston
Streetview 53 High Street East Launceston

53 High Street East Launceston
53 High Street East Launceston

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 54 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 144775 1 2672193
  • 55 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 91558 2 6599464
55 High Street East Launceston
55 High Street East Launceston


  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 57 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 247015 1 6599456
  • 59 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 131051 1 6599448
  • 60 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 22572 2 6600218
60 High Street East Launceston
60 High Street East Launceston


  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 61 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 14586 5 6599421
  • 63 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 242008 1 6599413
  • 65 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 58823 0

View to 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston
View to 4 Elsmere Street East Launceston
4 Elsmere Street Launceston near cnr High and Elsmere Streets THR ID #4183
4 Elsmere Street Launceston near cnr High and Elsmere Streets THR ID #4183


  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 69 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 118510 1 6599341
  • 76 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 226709 1 6600357
76 High Street, Launceston, not on THR
76 High Street, Launceston, not on THR
76 High Street East Launceston
76 High Street East Launceston

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 78-94 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 78 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 55754 1 6600365
  • 80 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 60289 1 6600373
  • 81 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 222761 1 6599296
  • 84 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 126099 2 6600402
  • 86 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 229949 1 6600410
  • 89 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 45052 1 6599288
  • 90 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 30743 1 6600437
  • 91 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 26132 1 6599261
  • 92 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 27966 1 6600445
  • 93 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 23341 1 6599253
  • 94 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 46217 1 6600453

95 High Street East Launceston

95 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 60/9052 6599245
  • Architect: Builder: Richards & Nichols Date: 1916 (Register Of Twentieth Century Architecture)
  • Description: An excellent example of a smaller scale Federation style house.
  • The traditional plan has been embellished by sensitive individually detailed elements in the verandah, roof and projecting gable.
  • Federation Bungalow style
  • 95 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250; THR ID #4381
    95 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250; THR ID #4381
  • 97 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 124734 1 6599237
95-97 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250
95-97 High St, Launceston, TAS, 7250
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97 High Street East Launceston
97 High Street East Launceston

97 High Street East Launceston
97 High Street East Launceston


97 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4382
97 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4382


99 High Street East Launceston
99 High Street East Launceston


  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 102 High Street NEWSTEAD State Local 107546 1 6600525
  • 103 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 48093 1 6599210
  • 111 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 131832 1 6599165
  • 115 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State Local 43/2016 6599149
101 High Street East Launceston
101 High Street East Launceston

115 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4384
115 High Street East Launceston THR ID #4384

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 117-123 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 117 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 92399 4 6599130
  • 119 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 92399 3 6599122
  • 121 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 221262 2 6599114
  • 123 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 79608 1 6599106

123 High Street East Launceston Tas 7250

123 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON
123 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON


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123 High Street East Launceston
123 High Street East Launceston


  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 127 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 104057 1 6599085
  • 129 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 248430 1 6599077

129 High Street East Launceston Tas 7250

129 High Street East Launceston
129 High Street East Launceston


Launceston Local Heritage Listed 131-151 High Street

  • Street No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 131 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 62615 2 6599069

131 High Street East Launceston

  • Architect: Frank Heyward; Date: 1932; Builder: J. &T. Gunn.
  • A two storey rendered gabled roofed residence with corners elaborated with brick quoins, and gutters returned to form quasi capitals.
  • The main gabled facade is symmetrical with repeating semi-circular arched motif.
  • All windows have multi-paned sashes. (Register Of Twentieth Century Architecture) - Federation Arts and Crafts style
    Streeetview 131-133 High Street East Launceston
    Streeetview 131-133 High Street East Launceston

  • No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 133 High Street EAST LAUNCESTON State 61875 2 6599050
  • 139 High Street NEWSTEAD State 224302 1 6599034
  • 141 High Street NEWSTEAD State 226430 1 6599026
  • 143 High Street NEWSTEAD State 75824 1 6599018
  • 145 High Street NEWSTEAD State 225457 1 6598998
  • 147 High Street NEWSTEAD State 199156 1 6598971
  • 149 High Street NEWSTEAD State 200520 1 6598963
  • 151 High Street NEWSTEAD State 248895 1 6598955

151 High Street, Newstead

Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead
Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead
Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead
Allanbie 151 High Street Newstead

Launceston Local Heritage Listed 153-165 High Street

  • No. Street Suburb THC - State; LCC - Local; Title Plan; Lot: PID No.
  • 153 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 3 6598947
  • 155 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 4 6598939
  • 157 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 5 6598920
  • 159 High Street NEWSTEAD State 220213 6 6598912
  • 161 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 7 6598904
  • 163 High Street NEWSTEAD State 55406 8 6598891
  • 165 High Street NEWSTEAD State 103009 1 6598883
157-159 High Street East Launceston
157-159 High Street East Launceston


159-161 High Street Newstead, Launceston
159-161 High Street Newstead, Launceston




  1. ^ http://house.ksou.cn/p.php?q=Newstead&sta=tas&id=7038&address=151+High+Street%2C+Newstead
  2. ^ http://www.lonelyplanet.com/australia/tasmania/launceston
  3. ^ Launceston REGISTER OF TWENTIETH CENTURY ARCHITECTURE
  4. ^ http://www.australiantraveller.com/launceston/hatherley-house-review/