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Buckby Motors

History

  • 1970's

    1970's

    St John Street Showroom

  • 1980's

    1980's

    St John Street - New & Used Vehicles

  • 1999-2012

    1999-2012

    Tamar Street Yard Operated

    Focussing on used and commercial vehicles

  • 2006

    2006

    St John Street Showroom

    Mercedes-Benz & Subaru

  • 2012

    2012

    The Big Yard in Margaret Street Opened

    Used, commercial vehicles, RAM, Foton, Great Wall

  • 2012

    2012

    York Street New Car Showroom Opened

    Jaguar & Land Rover

  • 2017

    2017

    Margaret Street New Car Showroom Opened

    Renault

A little bit of history

Corner St John and Cimitiere Streets site

1963 Fire - the F.H. Stephens Building

 

 

 

The F.H. Stephens building was situated on the corner of St John and Cimitiere Streets, which is where our Subaru and Mercedes-Benz showrooms stand today.

On May 22nd 1963, fire ravaged the building after a boy who was working on a toy boat, mistakenly threw a live match into highly flammable cleaning fluids. The fire quickly spread and became a spectacular inferno which attracted thousands of curious spectators. The two-hour blaze began at 11.30am and the flames and billowing smoke could be seen for miles from the city. The Examiner Newspaper article, on the 23rd May 1963, noted that the building was 100 years old and suggested that the damage was so great that it probably was not practical to rebuild.

This fascinating part of Launceston’s history was brought to our attention by Mr Andrew McGrath-Kerr, a great supporter and customer of Buckby Motors. He has kindly given us photos of the fire taken by his late father, Mr Peter McGrath-Kerr. Peter was a draftsman at the Town Hall at the time and managed to take the photos from the second storey of a building adjacent to the F.H. Stephens building.

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Two Great Locations

Corner St John Street &
Cimitiere Street

Launceston TAS 7250
Phone: 6332 2800
Fax: 6334 8440
admin@buckbymotors.com.au

Location of
New Subaru vehicles including STi
New Mercedes-Benz vehicles
New Mercedes-Benz vans
Preowned vehicles
Parts and After Sales Service
Finance
Motor Sport Services

Buckby Motors - Corner Margaret St & York St
Our BIG YARD at
Margaret Street

Launceston TAS 7250
Phone: 6337 5000
Fax: 6331 4387
admin@buckbymotors.com.au

Location of
New Land Rover & Jaguar vehicles
New Renault cars & commercials
New Peugeot & Citroen vehicles
New Skoda vehicles
Used cars
Finance