Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Launceston buildings.

Launceston Post Office and Clock.

After the Launceston General Post Office was built in 1889, a group of residents formed The Launceston Clock and Chimes Committee in 1906 to raise funds to extend the tower's height, and install the clock and chimes





The Post Office has moved to various locations over the years, it's now back  in the original Post Office.


The Town Hall which was build in the mid 1800's.


The town Library.  Outside one can sit and look at the Town Clock, use the internet for 'free' with a limit of 500mb per 24 hour period.

60 comments:

  1. The Town Hall is really beautiful, as the buildings on the top. But the last one is not in the same series...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lovely buildings except for the Library, totally agree. The Library looks out of place.

      Delete
  2. Replies
    1. Yes, they are and many cities and towns have them in Australia.

      Delete
  3. I love the post office, the building has a lot of character!

    ReplyDelete
  4. You are continuing my education on Australian architecture! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Those are nice old buildings, and so well maintained. It would be nice to sit and listen to the chimes.
    Most libraries in the US have free wifi here with unlimited use. From our travels we also know that you can sit outside Walmart, Home Depot, and Starbucks and use their wifi for free. We have even discovered that most restaurants have free wifi if you ask.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Cynthia and Margaret.
      Still no home PC - can't find my IT specialist mate from work days,
      but am trying to locate him.
      The other possible is bloody holidaying in Cape Town, South Africa.
      Not much use way over there - ha ha.

      Great shots Margaret. No wonder you are so proud of Launceston.
      Thank God for libraries with FREE internet services.
      Cheers
      Colin

      Delete
    2. Thanks Colin.
      Was wondering how you were progressing with your PC + Internet.
      Internet is not that brilliant down here either at the moment.
      Hope you can find someone to look and repair your PC - good luck on that.

      Delete
    3. I love listening to the clock chiming.
      Outside the wifi is free with 500MB, inside if you use their computers it's different I believe.
      Never found free wifi outside a town shops as yet in our travels, maybe this year we might.
      We have McDonalds with free wifi but one has to log on first with a password.

      Delete
  6. The Clock and Chimes Committee made me smile. Brilliant name, and I am thoroughly enjoying this tour. Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great name, was chuckling to myself when I read that too :)
      You are welcome.
      I do have other photos of the city in older posts, so not repeating same photos or areas hopefully. I'm keeping an eye on it!

      Delete
  7. Beautiful buildings, but very different by style and color.


    Kisses

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I guess they are different from your part of the world by photos I've seen...all are interesting though.

      Delete
  8. post office looks impressive but town hall is so charming

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Town Hall looks impressive and part of the building is used for 'us' to pay our bills.

      Delete
  9. I love these old buildings and the wonderful architecture.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I wonder for how much long we'll actually have a postal service. It sure must have seen some changes over the years.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Goodness only knows. Post is certainly not the same and hasn't been for a very long time. Maybe one day there will not be a Post Office but parcel to post will always be I guess.

      Delete
  11. Hmm, the best thing that can be said about the library is that it has nice views. The other buildings are great.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Don't care for the design of the library myself Andrew but I expect the building was done much later in the piece and not kept in style.

      Delete
  12. I can see a balcony running around the tower below the clock - are you allowed up there to see the view?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No Rosemary, the general public are not permitted to go up there. Pity really.

      Delete
  13. The Post Office and Town Hall are fine looking buildings. They certainly knew how to build back then. If time-travel is ever invented, I'm going back to the 1800s, (with a modern plumber and electrician) and have the builders of that time build me a home.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Certainly those buildings of the 1800s are well built, not like today.

      Delete
  14. Hello Margaret,
    Very nice pictures.
    Wonderful that post office. An amazing building.

    Many greetings,
    Marco

    ReplyDelete
  15. These are grand old buildings. They just don't make them like this any more.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No they don't unfortunately. Now buildings are built and many years later many are pulled down to commence another one.

      Delete
  16. Both the post office and town hall buildings are beautiful and impressive.

    ReplyDelete
  17. thank you for meeting with such Marvelous buildings dear ,loved looking them ,best wishes for you and family

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Baili - best wishes to you and your family too.

      Delete
  18. The library looks like a fun place to hangout.
    I love the older buildings. Our post office was in a beautiful older building downtown, then moved to the outskirts. I've never figured that one out.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Libraries are always interesting, and many departments in the same building hold so much information.
      One would never know why Post Offices are moved as was ours to two other places and now back where it belongs.

      Delete
  19. The post office and town hall are very grand buildings. Just lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  20. I love the old buildings much better than the tall square boxes they build today.
    Merle................

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The old buildings are beautiful Merle, it's a pity all building were like that, but too costly to build today I expect.

      Delete
  21. I love those two old buildings...they have so much character.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They do, and the hands that built them didn't have the cranes etc. that we have today.

      Delete
  22. Interesting history of the post office. Love the town hall too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All interesting Diane. Skillful people back then in a different way than they are today.

      Delete
  23. The colours in the brick work of the Post Office and Clock Tower are lovely aren't they.

    Thanks for sharing

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
  24. It really is an interesting city with lots to appeal to a visitor.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That's true even though it's a small city compared to others.

      Delete