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Launceston, Tasmania

Launceston Tasmania
Montage of Launceston. Clockwise from left Launceston Post Office, View of the CBD and inner suburbs from Woods Reserve and Cataract Gorge and Swinging Bridge
Australian Place
NameLaunceston
Typecity
StateTasmania
Population106153 (17th)
Established1806
Postcode7250
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
- Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorAlbert Van Zetten
Federal DivisionBass
Lyons

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Launceston (c-eniconˈlɒnsəstən, often mispronounced c-enˈlɔːnsəstən) is a city in the north of the state of Tasmania, Australia at the junction of the North Esk and South Esk rivers where they become the Tamar River. Launceston is the second largest city in Tasmania after the state capital Hobart. With a population (greater urban and statistical sub division) of 106,153, Launceston is the ninth largest non-capital city in Australia.

Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston is one of Australia's oldest cities and is home to many historic buildings. Like many Australian places, it was named after a town in the United Kingdom in this case, Launceston, Cornwall.

Launceston has also been home to several firsts such as the first use of anaesthetic in the Southern Hemisphere, the first Australian city to have underground sewers and the first Australian city to be lit by hydroelectricity. The city has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons.


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