No. 1064 - South Launceston - Galvin Street Salvation Army Barracks (1922-1942)

By the turn of the 20th century, the Salvation Army had established a significant presence in Launceston with citadels in Elizabeth Street and at Invermay. In the early 1920s a corp was established in South Launceston and a hall or ‘barracks’ was soon after erected on Galvin Street.

The Galvin Street barracks was not a new building but the former Deloraine Salvation Army hall which was dismantled and transported to Launceston in late 1921. The reconstructed building along with a weatherboard cottage, also from Deloraine, was officially opened on Saturday 25 March 1922. The Hobart Mercury reported:

“The opening and dedication of a new Salvation Army barracks and officers’ quarters took place at South Launceston this afternoon…There was a large crowd present, including visiting officers and comrades. Prior to the commencement of the proceedings, an inspection was made of the officers’ quarters. These consist of a nice five-roomed cottage, with front and back verandahs, and conveniences, including electric light. A small allotment of land is attached. The whole place is furnished tastefully, and presents a very cosy appearance. As well as the hall near by, this building was transported from Deloraine, and re-erected some time ago”.

“Before turning the key in the door and declaring the edifice open for worship, Brigadier Garbutt offered up a brief prayer, and hymns were sung. The usual service for such occasions was then held. Stirring addresses were given by Brigadier Garbutt, Commandants Beasy and Woods, Captain Cavanagh and Lieut. Hargreaves. The last two mentioned officers are to be in charge of the new district”.

The former Deloraine hall was put into service for 20 years and in 1942 it was replaced by a new brick building. The old hall was shifted to the rear of the Galvin Street site to be used as a ‘young people's hall and band room’.

The Salvation Army withdrew from South Launceston many years ago. While the ‘new’ brick hall still stands, the old weatherboard hall has been either removed or demolished.

The Galvin Street Salvation Army Barracks: Source: Salvation Army Australia Museum

A notice of the hall's opening - The Examiner

The new hall built in 1942. The old hall was moved to the rear of the block.


The Examiner, Saturday 25 March 1922, page 1
Daily Telegraph, Monday 27 March 1922, page 8
Mercury, Monday 27 March 1922, page 4



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