Tasmania - Latrobe


All but the last photo are on Gilbert Street, Highway B19. Photos start in the east because I can. Even numbers are on the south side of the street, odds on the north.

#126 Gilbert Street was built in 1905. Sometimes it's a house, sometimes a business.

The tabernacle is #125 Gilbert. The former James Beck store is #118. Someone must have really hated him to scratch the most historic part of the sign away.

The 1879 "public buildings" are across from the James Beck store (#111 Gilbert). The post office on the left was built in 1883, and the former council chambers on the right postdates that. The centre started as a courthouse and has ended up a museum. The man in front is a war memorial. (Not often you can say that sentence.)

This only looks like two buildings. In fact, they have always shared a body and a life. They were built in 1891 by Jabez White, he of watchmaking fame, but who curiously decided to pair that with whatever a "book arcade" is. Since you have no idea, neither did anyone else, and that was bought in 1893 by J.P. Kenworthy, who recognized the business potential in changing the "k" to a "t" and selling footwear. I promise I'm not making this up.

The 1886 Commercial Bank of Tasmania at #78, then #75 Gilbert on the north side built for Robert Bauld in 1870.

#68 Gilbert started as a drapery in 1887 and went through a range of other clothing-related businesses. Until now, apparently.

Looking back east at #68 and #78 Gilbert from the 1879 Oppenheim's Store.

First #62 Gilbert, the only 3-storey building in Latrobe, built in 1884 for Hatton and Laws' Pharmacy. Then #54 Gilbert, whose provenance is readily apparent.

The Lucas Hotel at the southeast corner of Victor Street dates to 1876.

The northwest corner of the same street holds the 1876-1942 Bank of Australasia. A life tragically cut short by war.

Finally, turn some corners onto Bell's Parade, itself historic in being the site of the original Mersey River wharf. The Axeman statue can be found by the Axemen's Hall of Fame.

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