Open door Rotary event comes to Launceston

SNEAK PEAK: Glasgow Engineering's John Hutton, and Rotary Club of Launceston's Sonia Smith and Rod Oliver prepare for the annual Doors Open Day. Picture: Scott Gelston.

SNEAK PEAK: Glasgow Engineering's John Hutton, and Rotary Club of Launceston's Sonia Smith and Rod Oliver prepare for the annual Doors Open Day. Picture: Scott Gelston.

Classic Launceston buildings will open their doors to the public on September 17 for the Rotary Club of Launceston’s Open Door event. 

After a four-year hiatus, the event will allow the locals to access landmark properties, such as the Magistrates Court, the City of Launceston Crematorium and Glasgow Engineering.

Club president Goeff Brayford believes the day is a great opportunity for Launceston locals, and visitors, to see more of the city.

“Launceston is fortunate to have several significant historic buildings and many of these continue to operate as their original designers intended,” Mr Brayford said.

“I am sure there are many residents who have admired these buildings from a distance for some time and would love the opportunity to explore inside.”

The event first began in 1984 in France by the Ministry of Culture, and was created to foster greater community spirit and understanding between different sub-sections of society.

Rotary bulletin editor Rod Oliver was excited for the opportunity to see pockets of Launceston that would have been otherwise inaccessible.

“We’ve brought some new premises on board, like the crematorium which we have never had in the past.”

“We haven’t had a chance to see inside buildings like this, and I think people are interested in these places. 

“Places like the Masonic Hall, you can go in there and see all their insignia, and it’s really quite interesting.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and free for kids under 14.

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