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Albert Hall

45 Tamar Street
Launceston, Tasmania 7250
 
Situated on the corner of Tamar and Cimitiere Streets, the Albert Hall is owned by the Launceston City Council and currently operated by the TLA Group.  The Albert Hall is a landmark of Launceston and has strong ties to the local community and is one of the largest convention venues in the region. The Great Hall, Tamar Valley and John Duncan rooms are hired for a vast array of events, from school balls, university graduations and awards nights, to antiques fairs, concerts and major conferences. There is also an adjacent cafe overlooking City Park.

It was built by J.T Farmils at a cost of 14,000 pounds in 1891 to house the Tasmanian Industrial Exhibition of 1891-92. The exhibition itself was designed to ease the social misery caused by the depression of the 1880's.
 
he Albert Hall is one of Launceston's most significant heritage buildings due to its high degree of heritage value that is attributed to the Classical Victorian style of monumental public architecture.  The corner stone was laid by Samuel John Sutton, Esq.  Mayor of Launceston on 2 April 1890 and the opening ceremony in November 1891, was preceded by a parade 10 city blocks long, led by the Mayor John Gould on a white horse.
 
Bookings
For more information on booking the Albert Hall for your next event please call Sarah on 03 6331 4616 or send her an email.
 
The Brindley Organ
The Brindley Organ, situated in the Great Hall and 
is Australia's largest surviving organ pre-dating 1860, a rare example of the work of organ builder Charles Brindley and is the oldest community organ. Built of local timbers including blackwood and huon pine, the organ's bellows are lined with original kangaroo skin.
Believed to be the only one of its type in the world when installed in the Mechanics Institute, the organ originally was hand blown by two strong men or one exceptionally strong man. In being relocated to the Albert Hall in 1892, it was later powered by water and has since been adapted to run on electricity, with water as a backup.
 
The blackwood case surrounding the keyboard and concealing the ranks of pipes was designed to match the Albert Hall's internal design features.

Soaring above the organist are the zinc dummy pipes, magnificently decorated with gold and illuminated colours, but silent. Behind the grand case stand ranks of pipes, some metal, some wooden. The wooden pipes are made of sugar pine.

The pipes range in size from the tiny piccolo pipe measuring 2.5cm long to the massive 5 metre wooden major bass pipe that emulates the tuba. Metal pipes are played with a reed like a wind instrument.