Ingle Hall

Ingle Hall is a landmark building in Hobart, Tasmania on the corner of Macquarie and Argyle Streets. It has served numerous purposes over its history and is vacant; it was most recently used as The Mercury print museum. It is unknown when the building was built as it predates any government record holding by the state of Tasmania, which began in 1822. It is named for John Ingle,[1] one of the two possible first inhabitants of the building.[2]

Ingle Hall
Ingle Hall, 2007
General information
Architectural styleGeorgian
AddressCorner of Macquarie St and Argyle Street
Town or cityHobart, Tasmania
Coordinates42°52′55″S 147°19′51″E
Construction started1812–1814
Technical details

It was listed on the Register of the National Estate until that list was archived in 2007,[3] and is on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.[4] It is alleged to be the oldest building in Hobart[1] (and therefore Tasmania), but this is not proven.[3]


The hall wasn't named until the late 19th century, referred to simply by its location before that time. It was either built by John Ingle or Edward Lord (grazier), brother of Sir John Owen, 1st Baronet, as a warehouse and first occupied in either 1811 or 1814. Several conservation studies have concluded it is most likely Edward Lord built it, and later sold it to John Ingle.[2] It was brought by Roland Warpole Loane sometime in 1814. It was used as a general store 1818–1822, a business after that and then from 1826 it became the Leek Inn for three years.[5] 1846 it was the first location of The Hutchins School for three years, until their own building was built further up Macquarie Street.[2] It has also been the Tasmanian Coffee Palace, a boarding house and a private residence.[6]

It was bought by the government of Tasmania in 1949, with plans to demolish the building[7] despite widespread criticism at the time.[5] This never happened.


  1. "Biography – John Ingle – Australian Dictionary of Biography". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. "The Mercury In Education". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  3. "Australian Heritage Database". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  4. "Tasmanian Heritage Register" (PDF). Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  5. "INGLE HALL LINK WITH FOUNDING OF HOBART". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas. 12 April 1949. p. 3. Retrieved 20 July 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  6. "INGLE HALL". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas. 19 January 1935. p. 16. Retrieved 20 July 2015 via National Library of Australia.
  7. "OLD INGLE HALL TO BE DEMOLISHED". The Mercury. Hobart, Tas. 8 January 1954. p. 9. Retrieved 20 July 2015 via National Library of Australia.
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