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Stanley Discovery Museum & Genealogy Centre

The Stanley Discovery Museum was established in 1973 in what was the Parish Hall for St Paul’s Church. A photographic exhibition dating from 1858 follows the development of the settlement. History of the original allotments and family details are available only at the Museum in the publication ‘Along the Terrace’, with sales of local history journals and DVD ‘Trading out of Stanley’.
Step back in time with local historical items including various displays and memorabilia.

Open daily September to May 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, depending on availability of volunteer.
Closed June to August. Will open by prior appointment.


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  • Address: Church Street Stanley Tasmania 7331
  • Phone: 03 6458 2091
  • Email: stanleymuseum@hotmail.com
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Joe Lyons Cottage

Joe Lyons Cottage

Restored nineteenth century settler’s cottage in which Tasmania’s only Prime Minister, Joe Lyons was born in 1879. Antiques, historical photographs, family trees are on display. This is an interactive experience. Entry is free but donations are appreciated.

Joseph Aloysius Lyons was born in this tiny cottage in Stanley in 1879. He was a teacher before joining the Workers’ Political League and this led him into politics. By 1914 he was deputy leader of the Labor Party. In 1923 he was elected State Premier.

The Party lost power in 1928 but Lyons headed to Canberra, where he held a number of offices before resigning from the ministry in 1931. Two months later, “Honest Joe” as he was known, was leader of a new movement – the United Australia Party – and within nine months he was Prime Minister.

The school house where he taught for nine years has been restored by the National Trust.
Home Hill, the home of Joe and Dame Enid Lyons, in Devonport, remains exactly as Dame Enid left it, and it is open to the public.

Open 10.00am – 4.00pm 1st September – 31st May


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  • Address: 14 Alexander Terrace Stanley Tasmania 7331
  • Phone: 03 6458 1451
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Highfield Historic

Highfield Historic Site

Highfield Historic Site was built from 1832 to 1835 for the chief agent of the Van Diemen’s Company. The State Government purchased the house in the early 1980’s when it was in a delapidated state. Today the house has been restored and invites visitors to look through the beautiful old building and grounds, read the interpretation and ask the guides for any information about the early history of Stanley.


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Stanley Heritage Walk

The Stanley Heritage Walk is self-guided and explores the history, architecture and culture of this diverse village, enhanced with QR code technology and any internet enabled device.

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Stanley Town Hall

The Stanley Town Hall is available for booking hire. It has been restored to the art deco of the early years.

A Brief History of the Town Hall

Stanley Town Hall was opened in 1911, the town hall is an asymmetrical two storied building constructed in the Federation Free Style of architecture at the time of the federation of Australian States into the Commonwealth of Australia.

The architect was Alexander North (1858-1945) born and educated in England, who immigrated to Hobart in 1883. In Tasmania, North became known as an outstanding church architect. His Stanley Town Hall building, constructed by builder W.McDonald of Launceston, is a monolithic concrete structure with the walls being executed in a series of horizontal pours. North was a pioneer of concrete construction in Tasmania.

Around 1930 the main auditorium was renovated in the then fashionable Art Deco style so that it could accommodate a cinema, known as the Crystal Talkies, as well as live entertainment.

In 1998 Stanley Town Hall was placed on the permanent list of the Tasmanian Heritage Register as a fine example of a local government building in its architectural style and because its “townscape associations are regarded as important to the community’s sense of place”

The Hall was enhanced in 2009 by builder Stronach Constructions with the addition of dressing rooms for visiting performers and a fully equipped kitchen for the catering of events and functions.

In 2010-11 a State Government grant allowed a substantial renovation project to celebrate the buildings centennial. The improvements included full restoration of the auditorium décor, new seating, new house and stage lighting, sound systems and projection equipment, new toilet facilities, extensive electrical rewiring, window replacement and external painting of the building. The construction for these improvements was carried out by builder Bishop Constructions.


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  • Address: 10 Church Street, Stanley
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The Old Rectory Stanley – Art Gallery: Historic Building

Situated on the corner of Pearse and Cripps streets, this 1843 built home is number 13 on the award-winning Stanley Heritage Walk, number 5 on the Stanley Visitors Centre town map and number 934 on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

ART GALLERY

Housed in the original 1843 kitchen bakehouse at the rear of one of Stanley’s oldest residences, the gallery displays digital photographic art prints.

An eight colour printer is used to print on museum quality archival paper and card stocks.

Frames are recycled or refurbished and hand finished using eco-friendly paints, varnishes and waxes.

We use high grade, acid free mount board for the mats, which are bevel cut by hand.

These unique, framed artworks are available to purchase. We also have a range of small posters, A4 ready to frame prints, greetings cards, gift cards and bookmarks for sale. All of these are produced on site.

The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only, from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm from October to May.

Entry is at the rear of the property, via the picket gate on Cripps Street.

 

HISTORIC BUILDING

Situated on the corner of Pearse and Cripps streets, this 1843 built home is number 13 on the award-winning Stanley Heritage Walk, number 5 on the Stanley Visitors Centre town map and number 934 on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

The house was built by the Van Diemen’s Land Company for its Church of England chaplain, Thomas Nattle Grigg. He, his wife Jemima, 7 children and, according to that year’s census, 3 servants moved in on 3 August 1843.

Built of bluestone with 36 cm thick exterior and interior walls, the house has been lived in since it was completed, making it one of Stanley’s oldest, continuously occupied homes.  Although modifications have been made over its long lifetime, the house retains its original walls and many of its 1843 fittings and features.

The property’s land extended as far as the old school and included the “Parson’s Acre” to provide grazing for Grigg’s horse. The extent of the allotment can be seen on John Lee Archer’s 1843 map of Stanley.

The land assigned to the Rectory was sold over time and, in 1985, the house was sold by the Church. It has been a private residence since then and is not open to the public.

However, visitors are welcome at the art gallery housed in the old kitchen at the rear of the property, during the gallery’s opening times.

This room contains three fireplaces and two windows that are among the oldest colonial windows in Tasmania. The same windows can be seen in the stable windows at Highfield House, having been brought out in the same shipment. The back of the gallery door has the initials “T.G.” stamped in two places.

Entry to the gallery is through the picket gate on Cripps Street.


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  • Address: 10 Pearse Street, Stanley
  • Mobile: 0447082635
  • Email: theoldrectory@bigpond.com
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