Launceston is located in the north of Tasmania and is the second largest in the state city after Hobart. Settled by Europeans in March 1806, Launceston was named after Launceston, Cornwall andis one of Australia's oldest cities, home to many historic buildings such as churches, brewing mills and government houses. Launceston is a place of firsts such as the first use of anaesthetic in the Southern Hemisphere, the first Australian city to have underground sewers, and the first Australian city to be lit by hydroelectricity.