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The Old Umbrella Shop

A rare glimpse into Tasmania’s retail heritage

This charming Launceston shop is one of the last surviving retail experiences of the early 1900’s. It was operated by three generations of the Shott family who made and repaired umbrellas, and in later years were renowned for their hand-crafted souvenirs made on the premises from native timbers.

Today the shop sells a large range of umbrellas, as well as a variety of National Trust and Tasmanian-made products and souvenirs. In addition to the items on sale, they also have rare old umbrellas and early souvenirs on display in original blackwood display cases in a room at the back of the building that will take you back in time.

WHY WE LOVE IT:

  1. Their cash register is truly an antique.
  2. The volunteer staff are happy to chat about their amazing building and the stock in the store.
  3. It is a great bite-sized history lesson of the city that even the kids will enjoy.

Location: 60 George Street, Launceston

60 George Street, Launceston

Phone: 03 6331 9248

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