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Tasmania - Organisation

Launceston Police Watch House (1917 - 1976)

Government-run, Home, Juvenile Justice Centre, Prison and Temporary Care

The Launceston Police Watch House, run by the government, replaced the Launceston Gaol in 1917. It was a place where prisoners, sometimes under the age of 18, could be held temporarily. In 1976, the functions of the Police Watch House were transferred to new police buildings.


The Police Department ran the Launceston Watch House but the HM Gaols Department and its successors had oversight of the inmates.


1917 - 1976
Address - The Launceston Police Watch House was on the corner of St John and Cameron Streets, Launceston. Location: Launceston


Online Resources

Sources used to compile this entry: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 'Feature article - 100 years of prison service: Tasmania's history has a compelling link with prisons', in Tasmanian Year Book, 2004,!OpenDocument; White, Rob, 'Prisons', in The companion to Tasmanian history, Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies, 2005,

Prepared by: Caroline Evans