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Chalmers Church is a well-known Tasmanian landmark, famously known by locals and inquisitive visitors as being the old white church with the paint peeling off. As the saying goes, true beauty comes from within, but we love the character that the shabby exterior brings to the building.
Constructed in 1859 and officially opened in 1860, Chalmers has just celebrated 163 years with a new lease on life after the building was restored in 2014 maintaining original flooring and arched stained glass windows. The highlight for many is the ornate bell tower, that has incredible views looking out to Princes Square, another iconic Launceston landmark.
Thomas Chalmer was born in 1780 and was a successful preacher and instructor and referred to as “Scotland's greatest nineteenth-century churchman." The iconic gothic style of architecture can be attributed to architect, William Henry Clayton who designed over 300 buildings throughout his career.
If you are joining us on a Bay of Fires or Cradle Mountain walk, you can request a complimentary pickup the morning of your walk from Chalmers Church. Please contact our team prior to your walk to arrange this.
The Chalmers Journey
600,000 convict laid bricks and a year after construction began, Chalmers Church dedication took place and was officially named after Thomas Chalmers.
The Church was deconsecrated from sacred use and sold.
The Church was bought and sold multiple times; and was even a residence in the 1900’s. Graeme and Jodie Walker purchased the church in 2011, and the transformation of the new Chalmers began.
Chalmers became the office for Walker Designs, a creative agency for 9 years.
Purchased by Brett Godfrey, owner of Tasmanian Walking Company. An exciting new chapter for Chalmers Church unfolds.
Tasmanian Walking Company - Head Office
Although Chalmers is a fully functioning office space for our staff, it’s also a town pickup point for Cradle Mountain and Bay of Fires guests who aren’t staying at Red Feather Inn the night before their departure.
As an operating office space, we are not open to the public for walk throughs. However, Wallaby Walkabout Tours operate guided tours of Launceston that includes Chalmers Church in the itinerary. There will be other opportunities throughout the year where the church will be open for public viewing, sign up to our newsletter to be notified.