Remember when… Rediscovering Launceston’s history 

Remember when... Rediscovering Launceston’s history 

Launceston’s Old Brisbane Arcade is showcasing an exhibition this winter, bringing local nostalgia to the forefront as part of the Launceston Memory Lane event. This unique exhibition pays homage to the city’s past 50 years, capturing the essence of bygone days in the city centre. 

Curated by Launceston resident Andrew Johnson, in collaboration with the storytelling expertise of Ali Kerr, the Memory Lane exhibition proudly presents a collection of photographs and memorabilia spanning the last half-century. These carefully selected artifacts aim to evoke fond memories and spark reminiscences of Launceston’s vibrant history. 

“We’ve trawled the archives and worked with local organisations such as Theatre North, QVMAG and the Chamber of Commerce to find some wonderful artefacts from the last 50 years and we’re inviting everyone to ‘Remember when…’,” said Mr Johnson. 

“Whether its skating at Roller World, buying cassette tapes at Wills, or buying flowers at Hinton Lloyd or the Quadrant Mall flower cart, we invite you to come along and see whether your best memories of Launceston city centre are on display,” he said. 

The exhibition was conceived by Launceston Central, previously known as Cityprom, as part of the organisation’s rebranding. With over 30 years of dedicated city marketing and activation, Cityprom recently relaunched as Launceston Central: your guide to the city. 

“We thought, what better way to say hello to the future of the city than with a look back at the past,” said Launceston Central’s Executive Officer, Amanda McEvoy.  

“The Launceston Memory Lane exhibition is a tribute to the people, businesses and memories that have shaped our city over the past 50 years as we look to the future with the launch of our new brand and website,” Ms. McEvoy added. 

Considering the multitude of significant developments currently underway in Launceston, such as The Shed, Penny Royal, Rebel Sport, St Luke’s Health, and the revitalization of the old Polly Shoes building, it is enthralling to contemplate the city’s future and what we might look back on in another 50 years. 

As part of the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to share their adoration for Launceston in 2023, for an opportunity to contribute to a time capsule. By doing so, they will also have a chance to win an exciting city staycation. 

The Launceston Memory Lane exhibition can be enjoyed daily at the Old Brisbane Arcade, starting from Wednesday, June 14th, and will run until Monday, August 14th. Admission is free, welcoming all to relish the historical journey through Launceston’s captivating past. 

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