2021 OHA Biennial Conference

Oral History in Troubling Times: Opportunities & Challenges

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View of Launceston CBD

Launceston CBD. Photo credit: Tourism Tasmania, photographer Rob Burnett.


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.

Other venues

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.

Getting around

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


Launceston Seaport, home to a variety of outstanding cafes and restaurants. Photo credit: Tourism Tasmania, photographer Kathryn Leahy.

Launceston Seaport’s marina. Photo credit: Tourism Tasmania, photographer Kathryn Leahy.

Launceston Tramsheds Function Centre

Grand Chancellor, Launceston

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