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Northern Club

The Northern Club, modelled on the English gentlemen's club, was established in Launceston in 1894 with sixteen members, each subscribing two guineas. Membership increased to 150 within three years, necessitating a move to larger premises in Cameron Street. Members came from the professions, politics, industry, commerce and sport. The Club provided congenial surroundings in which to relax and meet business contacts, a range of leisure activities, reciprocal arrangements with other Tasmanian and Australian clubs, and inter-club competition with the older Launceston Club. Launceston's role as a commercial hub declined as business practices changed globally, affecting the Club's two forms of income. Subscriptions fell from a reduced membership base, and the breathalyser impacted on bar profits. The Northern Club closed in 1996, but a tavern operated under this name until 2004.

Further reading: R Ferrall, The story of the Northern Club, Launceston, 1994.

Wendy Rimon