Antique fair organisers hope younger generation clock on

Clockmaker Graham Mulligan, of Clockwise, Launceston, with a 1910 Hamburg American Clock Company German Mysterious clock.  Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

Clockmaker Graham Mulligan, of Clockwise, Launceston, with a 1910 Hamburg American Clock Company German Mysterious clock. Picture: PHILLIP BIGGS

ORGANISERS of next month's Tasmanian Antique Fair are hoping for continued support from Australia's younger population, as they prepare for the event's 14th year.

Yesterday, event co-ordinator Robert Henley said he had noticed a trend of younger people at antique events, despite the shows being commonly perceived as a destination for older people.

"We've had renewed interest from younger people in the last couple of years," he said.

"They're not so much collectors, but a lot of them come to buy furniture and things for their own houses."

Mr Henley said he expected a lot of familiar faces at this year's three-day fair as well.

"We have about 5000 people come through the gates over the three days," he said.

"We get a lot of people who book holidays and accommodation around it."

Local exhibitor Graham Mulligan is one of the event's biggest contributors each year.

The long-time Launceston resident and business owner said he enjoyed finding new additions for his collection each year.

"I try and find some new stuff and hunt up ones that I haven't had at the exhibition before," Mr Mulligan said.

"Steadily I've seen more younger people become invested in it too.

"This year I've got a couple of new clocks."

This year's Tasmanian Antique Fair will run from June 7-9 at the Albert Hall.

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