CH Smith Development Underway

Work on the CH Smith site in Launceston has many Tasmanians looking forward to a brighter future for the historic site.

The chequered history of development on the site is well recorded since an attempted demolition in 1990. This month that history came to an end with agreement reached on the latest proposed development.

The Tasmanian Heritage Council thanks Errol Stewart, Scott Curran and Lionel Morrell and members of the Heritage Protection Society (Tasmania) Inc.,  for their negotiations which has resulted in a great outcome for conserving the remaining historic fabric on the site.

A recent article in the Examiner newspaper included a quote from Errol Stewart that Mr Morrell “should be praised for his dedication to saving the iconic site. ...and history will remember him as the saviour of CH Smith not me or Scott”.

Along the way, additional information has been found on the history of George Fry, who occupied the grain store, shop and residence at 22 & 24 Charles Street . Thought to have passed away in 1860 when he vacated and sold the premises, new evidence reveals that George Fry and family moved on to the Ringarooma district in the North East where they established a renowned prize winning dairying and cheese making operation. He passed away in 1877.

The Heritage Council looks forward to watching the development unfold, and seeing Launceston’s past incorporated into a bright new future for the site.

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