2021 OHA Biennial Conference
Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges
Launceston is lutruwita’s (Tasmania’s) second city, with a population of about 80 000. Founded in 1806, it is well-known for its Georgian and Victorian architecture and the beauty of its parks and gardens.
Main conference venue
The main venue is the Launceston Tramsheds Function Centre, Inveresk www.tramsheds.com.au
The Tramsheds are at 4 Invermay Road just over the Tamar St Bridge and near the Inveresk site of the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery.
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is ample parking at a ‘pay and display’ car park, and a free Tiger bus operates on weekdays from the central city.
The workshops will be held at the Tramsheds, the Queen Victoria Museum at the Inveresk railyards, and the University of Tasmania northern campus. The Welcome reception will be held at the Tramsheds. The conference dinner will be held at the Grand Chancellor Hotel.
One of the advantages of Launceston is that distances are short. There are many accommodation options available; the following are all within 10 minutes’ walk of the Tramsheds.
The Grand Chancellor Hotel, at 29 Cameron St, has agreed to provide a discount for delegates. Use this link to make a booking.
The following options are listed in descending order of quality, with their room rate as at May 2021:
- Verge Hotel ($199), 50 Tamar St.
- Grand Hotel ($134 if booked a month before); note there is no lift; 22 Tamar St.
- The Cornwall Historic Hotel ($93); guest kitchen, no lift; 35–39 Cameron St.
- Arthouse Hostel private room ($45); shared bathroom, guest kitchen; 20 Lindsay St.
The Launceston area
Launceston is centrally located and many attractions are within a few hours’ drive: Cradle Mountain 2½ hours, Hobart a little over 2 hours, Coles Bay and Freycinet Peninsula 3 hours. Close to Launceston are World Heritage sites Woolmers and Brickendon, and the picturesque kanamaluka (Tamar) Valley wine route.
For information about sightseeing around Launceston and the kanamaluka (Tamar) Valley visit: https://www.launceston.tas.gov.au/Tourism/Visitor-Information-Centre or freecall the Launceston Visitor Information Centre on 1800 651 827.
For information about touring lutruwita (Tasmania) go to: https://www.discovertasmania.com.au/.
The weather in October can change quickly and you are advised to come prepared for varied conditions.
From the airport a shuttle bus and Uber are available.
Taxi Combined Services 131 008
Country Cabs 0408 321 006
Plaza Taxis 03 6334 2222
Launceston Maxi Taxi 0418 132 199 Wheelchair access
Ability Maxi Cabs 03 6331 0001 Wheelchair access