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Birchalls Ltd
Founded1844; 179 years ago (1844) in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
FounderSamuel Tegg
Defunct2017; 6 years ago (2017)
Launceston, Tasmania
Area served
OwnerTilley family
Number of employees
40 (2016)

Birchalls Ltd was a Tasmanian bookstore, former publisher, education supply and stationery company. Founded in 1844 by Samuel Tegg,[1] it was the oldest book store Australia at the time of its closing.[2][3] In 1902 J.A. Birchall, owner of the store, invented the first commercial notepad.[4] The Tilley family have owned the company since 1969.[1] It was announced the store would close in 2017 after ten months for sale with no buyer.[5]


Birchalls was founded in 1844 by Samuel Tegg, as the Launceston outlet for his Hobart book store. Blake, Huxtable and Duthie purchased it from Samuel Tegg, and in 1863 J Walch & Sons became the owners. Andrew Birchall became manager and in 1867 became a business partner. Until 1893 it was Walch Bros and Birchall, when it changed to just Birchalls.[1] During the 19th century it was active as a publisher of music scores and sermon pamphlets.[6] In 1967 the centenary of Birchalls family ownership of the company was commemorated by a plaque at their Brisbane Street Store in Launceston, stating that "knowledge art and culture have been disseminated from this site since 1844."[7] Stanley Tilley began work at Birchalls in 1928, and in 1969 purchased the store.[1] In November 2016 they sold the property of their Brisbane Street store, which they had occupied continually since 1844, and in early 2017 announced they would close the store after ten months of the company being for sale. Their education supply business will remain operating to be sold separately.[5]

Reference List[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "The Companion to Tasmanian History - Birchalls". University of Tasmania. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  2. ^ Michael Hess (January 2007). "Ray Tilley of Birchalls: Innovation in the Book Trade". Tasmanian Historical Studies. 12: 91–110. Retrieved 6 January 2017 – via Informit.
  3. ^ "Our History". Birchalls. Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  4. ^ "10 Aussie inventions that make your life easier". Australian Geographic. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b Stone, Lucy (6 January 2017). "Birchalls to write their final chapter". The Advocate. The Advocate. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  6. ^ "A.W. BIRCHALL, BOOKSELLER & BOOK PUBLISHER, LAUNCESTON, TASMANIA". Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  7. ^ Design, UBC Web. "Birchall's Stationery Store Centenary | Monument Australia".