OHA Biennial Conference 2022

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 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. In 2021 UNESCO conferred the title Creative City of Gastronomy on Launceston and the region.

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 which was called ‘One of the Top Ten Wine Routes in the World’ by United Kingdom’s Essential Travel magazine.

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 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.

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.

Parking – There is 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 and the nearby Queen Victoria Museum.
  • The Welcome reception will be held at the Tramsheds.
  • The conference dinner will be held at the Boathouse, 55a Lindsay Street.


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. Accommodation is likely to be tight in October so you are advised to book early.

The Grand Chancellor Hotel, at 29 Cameron St, has agreed to provide a discounted rate of $165 for delegates. Use this link to make a booking: discount link.

The following other options are listed in descending order of quality, with their room rate as at May 2022.

  • Verge Hotel ($215), 50 Tamar St.
  • Grand Hotel (from $199); note there is no lift; 22 Tamar St.
  • Best Western Plus (from $134; use TRAMS when booking); 3 Earl St.
  • The Cornwall Historic Hotel ($90/105); guest kitchen, no lift; 35–39 Cameron St.
  • Arthouse Hostel private room ($57); shared bathroom, guest kitchen; 20 Lindsay St.

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

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

Where to eat

Looking for somewhere to eat in the evenings?The following suggestions are within walking distance.

Near the Tramsheds

  • Cafe Blue, at the eastern end of the Tramsheds – bistro-style
  • Me Wah, 39 Invermay Road, across the road from the Tramsheds – high end Chinese
  • The Schnitty Bar, 79 Invermay Rd, across the road from the Tramsheds – good quality local food, including vegan; closes at 8 pm

Up Tamar St

  • Royal Oak, 14 Brisbane St – popular; need to book

Up Tamar and turn right at the Royal Oak into Brisbane St, head towards George St

  • Brisbane St Bistro, 24 Brisbane – upmarket French-Australian
    Novaro’s, 28 Brisbane St – gourmet Italian

Cameron St

  • Avenue Restaurant, 29 Cameron St, in the Grand Chancellor – pub food

Behind the Grand Chancellor in York Town Square

  • Toong Thong – Thai
  • Mekong – Vietnamese
  • Palki – North Indian
  • Feast – Chinese restaurant and bar

George St

  • La Cantina, 63 George – homestyle Italian
  • Indian Empire, 64 George – ‘down to earth’ Indian, simple tables
    Black Cow Bistro, 70 George – upmarket steakhouse
  • Prickly Cactus, 72 George – Mexican
  • Turkish Tukka charcoal grill, 77 George – good food, simple tables
  • Wang’s Chinese, 75 George St
  • Stelo at Pierre’s, 88 George – upmarket Australian-Italian
  • Alchemy bar and restaurant, 90 George – Australian


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