History of ETC

History of the Elizabeth Town Bakery Cafe

When John Spicer was granted an inn licence in 1862, it was the start of a business that continues to this day, as the Elizabeth Town Bakery Cafe.

At the age of 22, John Spicer was transported from England to Van Diemens Land for 15 years for highway robbery.

By the time he was 38 he had a thriving saddlery and harnessmaking business in Launceston, was married and had a family.

In the early 1860s he established a drapery business at Whitefoord Hills, now Moltema, and built the Saddlers Arms Hotel at Elizabeth Town.

The original building was wooden with a shingle roof and was a popular stop for coaches and travellers between Launceston and the North-West Coast.

John Spicer continued to be a popular host at the Saddlers Arms until January 1894 when at the age of 77 he was returning from Deloraine and was thrown from his buggy outside his hotel and died of his injuries.

The Saddlers Arms was sold to his son-in-law Charles Slater, who built the present building which was known as "Slaters Hotel" in1904.

Later it became known as the Elizabeth Town Hotel and in 2004 the hotel was completely renovated and transformed into what is known today as the Elizabeth Town Bakery Cafe, an iconic licensed gourmet bakery.