Historic Hobart Sign Lives Again


The 1930s McCann Bros Music sign, two storeys high, on the brick wall of ‘Loretto’, corner of Macquarie and Warneford Streets in Hobart, has been restored. The restoration, by Tasmanian master craftsman Michael Bremer-Trainor, took three weeks. It will have a public launch today at 12.30 pm, with a jazz band on hand to play period music.

The refurbishment has been funded by the Bob Brown Foundation, with the agreement of the building’s owners Meg and Paul Gilby, and organised by foundation volunteer Natalie Pausin. The current owner of McCanns Music, Geoff McCann will also be on hand.

“This will be a boost to Hobart’s reputation for historic intactness and a fine momento of the 1930s signwriters who brought all Australian cities and towns alive with their wall signs. The McCanns Music sign is a brilliant example of pre-decimal currency business advertising. This restoration on busy Macquarie Street is uniquely Hobartian and is sure to bring a smile to visitors and local alike,” Bob Brown said today.

Further information:

Steven Chaffer 0408 855 261


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  • Janine Olive
    commented 2018-01-24 20:37:07 +1100
    What a grand idea!
    I would like to find out about the Gourmet Delicatessen sign high up in Liverpool St above Murray, but I can’t find out about it.