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The Umbrella Shop


It may not be a secret for Launcestonians, who know the landmark shop at 60 George Street from their earliest days as the very place to run to if it starts to rain when you’ve forgotten your umbrella.

Visitors are always intrigued to come across this sweetly old-fashioned shop filled with umbrellas, teatowels of the kind that make great packable lightweight souvenirs, some stunning aprons, too, with matching padded oven cloths, and gifts with a Tasmanian provenance. 

imageApart from spanking new and very fashionable umbrellas there is an interesting display of umbrellas that spans a century.

The sign over the door says R Shott & Sons, but today the shop is run by the National Trust, saviours of many an old Tasmanian building or historic property from greedy developers or neglect.

Long may it rain. (03) 6331 9248 — PH

Photographed by Alan Moyle

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