Tamar Foundry, which was later to become Glasgow Engineering Company in May 1904, was founded by James Scott & John Clark, and the firm has been operating from its William Street site since its inception in 1892. This is unique for Launceston’s industrial heritage and the company is now the oldest operating engineering firm in Australia that is still located on its original site. The building its self is somewhat unique for Launceston being listed under the National Estate as a good example of an Edwardian industrial building in the neo-classical style, featuring an arched facade of fine proportions with an interesting use of bricks. 

The front facade was constructed in 1905 by J. and T. Gunn, being built in front of the existing galvanised iron building facing William Street, and the building was designed by Edwin Laidlaw. Edwin Laidlaw was born in Wavertree near Liverpool, England, on 13 Aug 1842. On 12 Feb 1884 he arrived in Launceston. Edwin, an architect, was engaged by Messrs Reed, Henderson and Smart of Melbourne to superintend the erection of the Bank of Australasia building on the corner of Brisbane and St John streets. Other Launceston buildings Edwin supervised were the Commercial Bank, Granite Pillars Insurance (now Commonwealth Bank), Princess Theatre and National Theatre. As an architect, he built the Presentation Convent, Barclay's Building, Paine and Sons motor works, John Hart's Cameron Street terrace, Percy Hart's George Street terrace, James Barclay's private residence and other shops, residences, and warehouses.

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The Tamar Foundry front facade, around 1893, this building was previously constructed as a Flocking Mill. A Flocking Mill shreds cotton and other materials to be used as stuffing in the manufacture of early mattesses
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The Glasgow Engineering front facade facing William Street photo taken in 1905 designed by Edwin Laidlaw, built by J & T Gunn
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The front facade facing William Street around 1910
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The earliest record found in the company’s journal is a hand written letter by Scott & Clark to Hinman & Wright for the purchase of a radial drilling machine.
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A letter from Scott and Clark showing the letter head in 1893
The art of the engineer, link arm drawing from company files
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A company advertisement in the Launceston Post Office Directory 1905
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The art of the engineer, valve case drawing from company files
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An interesting photo showing the view from Salisbury Engineerings yard looking into the Glasgow Engineering back yard
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The Machine Shop
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The Foundry Floor
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View showing the Customs House and the Esplanade entrance of Glasgow Engineering, interesting to see the stack of what we think was a small tin smelter in the back yard
Th back yard off the Esplanade
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The front facade as seen from William Street after 1905. In today’s world of concrete box buildings, Glasgow Engineering in William Street is a reminder that once even industrial buildings were designed with aesthetic appeal. The attractive exterior with its Romanesque arches is home to an engineering firm that continues today while others have disappeared from Launceston’s landscape ... photo courtsey Dave Groves Photography
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