No. 1103 - Launceston - Chalmers' Hall (1928)

This entry is another in a series of articles concerning buildings associated with some of Tasmania’s most significant churches. These buildings include Sunday schools, parish halls, convents, schools and residences of the clergy. Ancillary buildings are often overlooked and are rarely featured in published histories. My aim is to create a simple record of some of the most significant of these buildings, including some which no longer exist.

Launceston’s iconic and much photographed Chalmers’ Presbyterian church has a lessor known but equally striking companion, the Chalmers Hall, which is located diagonally opposite the church. For many years it served as a parish hall and a Sunday school.

The hall’s foundation stone was laid on Thursday 22 December 1927 by Mr David Storrer, a former mayor of Launceston and member of the House of Assembly. The Launceston Examiner reported on the occasion and provided details of the building features:

“Designed by the well known Launceston architect, Mr. Thomas Tandy, the hall will be of brick construction, with a length of 72 feet… and breadth of 35t feet. The front of the building, which will be in St. John-street opposite to the church, will be carried out In brickwork with cement trimmings and a wide entrance will be a feature of the front portion. A platform 35 feet by 13 feet will be erected at the opposite end of the hall. The building will contain also two large social rooms, each 20 feet by 10 feet, and a kitchen….The erection of such a hall has been contemplated for some time past by the management of Chalmers Church, and when completed the hall will be no doubt a great asset to both church and city…”.

The hall was completed in April in the following year. It was officially opened and dedicated by Reverend W.C. Jones on Sunday 29 April 1928.


A plan of the hall published in The Examiner


A plan of the hall published in The Examiner


Sources:

Daily Telegraph, Friday 23 December 1927, page 17
Examiner, Friday 23 December 1927, page 3
Examiner, Friday 23 December 1927, page 11
Mercury, Monday 30 April 1928, page 3
Examiner, Wednesday 2 May 1928, page 10

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