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Book Launch: Municipal Magnificence (Peter Freeman)Cover Image, Physick

The Hobart Bookshop, 5.30pm, Tuesday September 27th

 We are delighted to host the launch of the new book Municipal Magnificence, by Peter Freeman with Brendan Lennard and Kathryn Evans.

The book is published by the Hobart City Council and is filled with rich historical information, photographs, illustrations, maps, and details celebrating the Hobart Town Hall.

The completion of the Hobart Town Hall in 1866 marked a significant achievement for the newly established City Council. The building represented a proud landmark in the life of the fledgling Council, housing the council chambers, public library, police offices and courtroom together with other important municipal functions. The new edifice also provided a much needed home for broader community activities and events. The sesquicentenary of the completion of the Town Hall provides us with the opportunity to acknowledge the progress and achievements of the past one hundred and fifty years. The anniversary also allows us to honour the contributions made by so many people over the years to our beautiful city. This publication proudly documents the rich and varied history of the Town Hall and its place in the life of the City of Hobart. This book celebrates the ‘home’ of municipal government in Tasmania’s capital city and commemorates its significant role in community and municipal activities over the years.

Peter Freeman is an architect, historian and illustrator, based on the south coast of NSW, who has always had close family links with Tasmania. Peter has been the author / compiler / illustrator of fourteen publications about architectural history and conservation, local history and biography, and was shortlisted in 2014 for the NSW Premier’s History Award for his publication The Wallpapered Manse. His most recent publication was an illustrated history of Domain House in the Queens Domain.

Brendan Lennard is the City of Hobart's senior cultural heritage officer. He has a particular interest in the musical heritage of the Town Hall and its grand concert organ. He was a member of the Hobart Choral and Philharmonic Society in the 1970s and has attended hundreds of Town Hall concerts and recitals over the years.

Dr Kathryn Evans is a Hobart based historian with a special interest in researching and documenting Tasmania’s historic heritage and the stories connected with that heritage. She has been involved in a wide range of research and interpretative projects, publications and displays on significant Tasmanian historic sites and buildings.

Free event, all welcome.