Cnr Wellington & Brisbane St. Photo source.
This seems to have been the “Union School Room” from 1865. if it had other uses and when it was built, it is hard to find. It’s complicated because the Independent Chapel in Hobart is in Brisbane St, so any search for associated words bring up many, many, many mentions of the Hobart one. From ~1873 to 1885 it was used as a school by Hugh Fraser and it’s referred to then as a chapel. Presumably it was demolished in ~1886 when the building materials were offered for sale.
NORTHERN TASMANIAN SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
The usual monthly meeting of this society was held in the Union School room at the corner of Brisbane and Wellington-streets, on Tuesday evening. There was a fair attendance. The business arose out of an essay delivered last month by one of the members, in which the advisability of organizing a class for the Scriptural training, or examination of the teachers of Sabbath Schools was mooted. The Rev C. Price having consented to act as conductor, a class was formed from among the audience ; and part of the first chapter of Genesis was thoroughly and satisfactory considered, the teachers submitting themselves to the test proving quiet worthy of their occupation. In order to give this feature in the arrangements of the society a fair trial, the subject will be continued at the meeting to be held next month.
Launceston Examiner, 5 October 1865
FREE SCHOOLS, LAUNCESTON.
Inspector of Schools Office, Launceston,
August 16, 1870.
Memorandum,-In obedience to the instructions of the Board, I have examined the buildings proposed for occupation as Free or Ragged Schools in Launceston, and have placed myself incommunication with the Rev. Mr. Price, the principal. promoter of these schools.
I regret I cannot report favorably on either of the proposed buildings.
The brick chapel on the Wharf requires substantial repairs, has no yard, closets, or enclosure whatever, and I believe there are no means of remedying these deficiencies.
The Union Chapel in Lower Brisbane-street is a wooden building in fair slate of repair, well lighted, and ventilated, and would accommodate 80 children; but the allotment on which it stands only covers a space of 63 feet by 47 feet, and It is surrounded by brothels. In their play hours the children would be exposed to the worst influences, There are two closets, but both are in bad order.
Launceston Examiner, 23 August 1870
A bit more on this in the Cornwall Chronicle:
The other room is situated in lower Brisbane-street, it is of wood 40 feet by 20 feet. The rent of this would be six shillings per week and keeping it in repair. A Sunday school
is also held in this building, not belonging to any particular denomination.
Mr Fraser’s School is on the corner of Wellingston & Brisbane Streets (see below).
Athletic Hall. — We notice from our advertising columns that Messrs. Shegog and Wilkinson have taken the building at the corner of Brisbane and Wellington streets, lately occupied by Mr Fraser as a school, which they intend to convert into an athletic hall, where they will instruct pupils in boxing, fencing, dumb bells, etc. Mr Shegog is a well-known athlete, and should command plenty of pupils, intending pupils can obtain full information at Messrs. Shegog and Creighton’s, Elizabeth-street.
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 1886
From obituary of Mr Hugh Fraser:
The late Mr Fraser for many years had the conduct of various scholastic institutions in Tasmania. In 1849 he established a school at Gravelly beach, and two years later, in 1851, was appointed to a school in George Town, under the Board of Education. After severing his connection with that [?], founded a private school in Launceston, teaching in Morton House (the present residence of Dr. R. W. Murphy) and the old chapel which stood at the corner of Brisbane and Wellington streets.
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 1892