History

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Launceston was proclaimed a municipality by an Act of Parliament on 30 October 1852. The proclamation came 47 years after the area then known as Patersonia, had been settled by a British garrison led by Lieutenant Colonel William Paterson.    

  • Seven Aldermen were elected to the Launceston Town Council in January 1853, at the first Local Government elections held in Van Diemen's Land. Aldermen elected the first Mayor, Alderman William Stammers Button, later that day at the first meeting of the Town Council.
  • Mayoral portraits of Alderman Button and every Mayor since are displayed in the formal foyer of the Launceston Town Hall. The number of Aldermen has changed during intervening years, from seven to nine to twelve.
  • Launceston was incorporated as a town on 20 October 1858. 
  • During the late 1850s,