Launceston (lônˈsĕstən, lŏnˈ–), city (2016 pop. 65,274), on Tasmania, SE Australia, where the North Esk and South Esk rivers join to form the Tamar estuary; founded 1806. Launceston is the second most populous city in Tasmania and the main port for trade with the Australian mainland. The principal exports are dairy products, flour, and lumber. There are woolen mills and aluminum works. The city has teacher-training and technical schools.
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a city and port in Australia, in Tasmania, on the Tamar River. Population, 62,500 (1970, including suburbs). Launceston is a railroad and a highway junction. It produces electrical equipment, bearings, woven and knitted textiles, processed foods, and woodwork.
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a city in Australia, the chief port of the island state of Tasmania on the Tamar River, 64 km (40 miles) from Bass Strait. Pop.: 68 443 (2001)
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