Gentlemen waiting, at the corner of George and Paterson Streets outside The Holy Trinity Church.
Are you interested in Launceston's history? There were many firsts in Lonnie, from the use of an anaesthetic in an operation to having an underground sewer system. Look down the line and see how the City of Launceston has developed.
1798 Matthew Flinders and George Bass, while circumnavigating Van Dieman's Land in HMS Norfolk, discovered the mouth of the Tamar River. Not realising it was a river, Flinders named it Port Dalrymple in honour of a colonial officer in Sydney Town.
1803 Early in the year, Captain David Collins and crew explored the river mouth and rowed up as far as the future site of Launceston. He was moved by the awe and beauty of Cataract Gorge and wrote expansively, thinking there was no more a beautiful place on Earth than there
1804 London were a little concerned that the French, who at the time were not on talking terms, might try to get a march on settling in New Holland. They worried so much they ordered Lt Col William Paterson of the New South Wales Corps to lead a party of soldiers, free settlers and convicts to establish a presence on the northern coast of Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania).
Lt Col William Paterson
1804 Arriving on HMS Buffalo in November 1804, they settled on the eastern shore and named it Georgetown. Lack of water and good ground however, plus the wind drove the group across to the western shore of Port Dalrymple. Here they had found good water and the soil looked more suitable for cultivation.
1805 Winter proved to be less than amenable to the settlers. In late 1805, after the settlement was flooded and most of their cattle had died, they moved up the river to the confluence of the North and South Esk Rivers and established Patersonia. Lt Col Paterson however shortly after in...
1806 ... renamed it Launceston, the birthplace of Governor King in Cornwall, England. Here there was water, good pastures and the forests were not so dense.
1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie visited from Sydney Town, and disapproving of the 42-mile boat trip from Georgetown to Launceston, so ordered that the HQ of the Administration be moved back to Georgetown. It did not actually happen until 1819.
1847 Dr William Russ Pugh carried out the first medical operation using an anaesthetic in Australia at St Johns Hospital (now Morton House) which adjacent to Prince's Square.