Longford was a town built for horse traffic. Although there were plenty of cars about by the start of the Second World War, petrol was in short supply and horse transport made a comeback. The war ended in 1945, but many soldiers had to come back from overseas and goods remained scarce. This parade to celebrate the end of the war was two years later.
Former Racecourse Hotel (1840s), a two storey brick Georgian inn. It was originally intended to be the 'Railway Hotel'when the line was planned to run through Longford and Cressy, and then northwards. However, the line was re-routed after the building was completed.
Pinefield - Longford, Tasmania. William Thomas Lyttleton Known as 'Captain' Lyttleton in Tasmania, he never officially gained that rank. Early 19th century painter and soldier who lived and painted in Van Diemen's Land and Ceylon. Lyttleton was also interested in architecture and he erected the house now known as Pinefield at Longford.
Longford Flood 1969 (Tasmania) Constable Terrence McGowan in the Police boat during the Longford Floods, May Ricky also informs me that his father was unable to swim. A very brave man. Thanks Ricky McGowan.
The first mill grinding wheat in Longford was the old Dutch Windmill behind the old Brown's Big Store building. Despite the regular gales of the 'Roaring Forties', Longford didn't have enough wind for year round power supply and it was later converted to steam. The house in the foreground is Goodlands.
Browns Big Store Alfred Brown started as a hawker with his goods in a wagon, then started a shop next to the 'Queen's Head Hotel'. He built 'Brown's Cash Emporium' in 1889 next door, on the site of the old 'Mitre Tavern' (1836) and facing the 'Plough Inn'. This became the core of retail Longford. In 2011, after 122 years, Brown's moved to the mall premises at the northern entrance to Longford.