Visitors to Launceston are greatly rewarded if they spend time in our city centre. Cast yours eyes above the shop overhangs to enjoy a feast of architectural diversity but do not overlook the shops. In particular you should visit the Old Umbrella Shop in George Street to drink in the charm of yesterday and Gallery Pejean at number 57.
Gallery Pejean and Old Umbrella Shop
by Len Langan
The Old Umbrella Shop is a rare gem that has survived almost intact as an early twentieth shop although trading as a very smart contemporary retail outlet. A wonderful place in which to buy an umbrella of course, but many other quality gift-wares and keepsakes will embrace your interest.
Gallery Pejean is a crisp delight considered by many to be our city’s leading art gallery, showcasing the works of our leading Tasmanian artists working across a broad spectrum of mediums and styles. Note particularly the work of our celebrated artist David Lake who works with a magical eye for colour and an astonishing gift for observing the importance that light ought to play in our lives.
Tasmania is rich in artistic talent and the changing exhibitions at Gallery Pejean managed by the attractive and charming Margot Baird will ensure a warm welcome. The gallery opens Wednesday to Friday from 10:00 to 5:30 and on Saturdays from 10:00 to 4:00. Phone (03) 6334 5300 for more information.
Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Our Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery set in two locations, will entrap you in the artistic and social history of our island state. At the Invermay site you can ride on a tram, marvel at the remains of dinosaurs, capture the romance of our convict history and wallow in the wonders of modern technology.
Launceston also offers…
- a hospitality industry with accommodation and food to suit all tastes and purses
- an active and obliging tourist information service
- some excellent parks including the world famous Cataract Gorge
- some beautiful and historic churches
- many fine buildings reflecting our rich history
Len Langan lives in Longford with his wife Jill. They are both passionate about Tasmanian heritage and tourism and things that can be done in this industry. Len writes about Tasmanian history for both The Courier in Longford and the magazine Sagacity, and works with Virtuosi taking music to rural areas.