A new book
store and coffee stop on Campbell Town’s main street has its own grand story to
for the former public offices and courthouse were originally frowned upon by
the local community. An article in the Examiner in May 1903 reported that
“much dissatisfaction has been expressed at a wooden building having been
decided upon by Government”.
Michael Roach is receiving praise from locals for his hard work to revive the
to have members of the community congratulate me on how much better the
building looks,” said Mr Roach.
There is a
lot that Mr Roach can be proud of in this restoration project, all of which was
completed with a certificate of exemption from the Tasmanian Heritage Council.
and interiors have all received a new coat of paint; gutters and downpipes have
been replaced; and leaking skylights repaired.
modern acoustic ceiling tiles in the main courtroom is a particular point of
pride for Mr Roach.
that the original ceiling remained under the false ceiling, but weren’t sure what
state it was in. It wasn’t until we pushed aside the tiles and looked inside that we knew the
original woodwork needed to be revealed.”
also ensured that the original judges bench, witness and defendant boxes, and cedar courtroom table continue
to stamp their dominance for all who visit the shop.
By the time
the courthouse was opened to the public in August of 1903, the previous
community perceptions had changed, and the sentiment reported in the Examiner
still rings true today: “The buildings present a very neat appearance and are a
welcome addition to the main street.”
wanting to delve further into Tasmania’s history, the shop has plenty of Tasmanian history books. The
Overflow Books and Coffee is open daily at 103
High Street, Campbell Town.