Launceston Synagogue

in Launceston, Australia

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Launceston Hebrew Synagogue, 126 St John St, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia
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The Launceston Synagogue is a heritage-listed building located in St. John's Street, Launceston, Tasmania.
In the 1840s the sizeable Launceston Hebrew Congregation borrowed £500 to purchase the land to build the SynagogueThe Synagogue was designed by Richard Peter Lambeth and was built in 1844 by Tasmanian builders Barton and Bennell. The synagogue was consecrated in 1846.The building is Australia's second-oldest synagogue (after the Hobart Synagogue), the oldest place of non-Christian worship in Launceston, and a rare example of an Egyptian revival architecture in Australia. The building features a distinctly trapezoidal facade and main window bearing the Star of David with a single balcony on the inside accessed via the rear of the building.
The synagogue closed as a house of worship in 1871, re-opening again in the 1930s for a period. In 1923, Sim Crawcour and Harry Joseph were instrumental in its renovation.In 1989, the building became listed with National Trust of Australia who have been taking care of renovations and maintenance.


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Launceston Synagogue

Address: Launceston Hebrew Synagogue, 126 St John St, Launceston TAS 7250, Australia