If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings

Do you know when your house was built, or who lived there before? Or, do you want to find out more about where an ancestor lived in Tasmania?

Visit in person: at the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room from early August.

From early August, our building history display at the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room shows different pathways to finding out more about the history of your own home, or a place from the past that may have significance to your family heritage.

The exhibition showcases historic photographs and films, newspapers, census records, maps, house plans, deeds and land grants – all revealing a rich insight into the structural history and architecture of a particular building, as well as the varied lives of inhabitants. 

Learn how to find out how a property may have changed over time, research past owners and occupiers, and discover the origins and significance of places and communities in the surrounding regions.

Curious about what you might find in the Tasmanian Archives? Home to more than 1.2 million archive and heritage items, you can easily explore the archives from your own device.

Image citation: Tasmanian Archives: Photograph – House at Dodges Ferry (1896), NS1553/1/469


What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in August

August is Family History Month!

Take part in our many Family History events around the state at your local library, the State Library and Archives building or visit our Libraries Tasmania website and discover more.

Did you know we have dedicated historians researching our collection?

Read about treasures and records in our State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog, by Libraries Tasmania historians bringing our collections to life.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook where we keep you in touch with online book clubs, competitions and the latest!

Learn something new this month

Get involved with Family History Month and listen to our history talks in person at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart, or online at Libraries Tasmania SoundCloud.

It’s Children’s Book Week 2022!

Get involved with the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week 2022 from 20–26 August and attend our Book Week events around Tasmania at your local library.

Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

Design a bookmark and go into the draw to have your artwork professionally printed and shared with people right across the state in libraries.

Celebrate Book Week 2022 with us by designing a bookmark that explores this year’s theme, “Dreaming with eyes open…”

The competition is open to all school age children and young people in Tasmania. The five winners (one from each age category) will have their design professionally printed and made available at our public libraries.

Pick up an entry form at your local library or download it here. Entries open Monday 25 July and close Friday 26 August 2022.

Unable to get to the library in person?

Download our Libby app on your phone or tablet and manage your family’s loans and holds with our excellent Libraries Tasmania lending app.

Cadbury’s exhibition at Glenorchy this month

Did you sample the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory exhibition ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont? If not, there is another chance to see it.

The Cadbury’s exhibition is now on at Glenorchy Library for the whole month of August – visit in person at 4 Terry Street Glenorchy or go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection and read the blog.

Explore a part of our library you never knew existed

Libraries Tasmania houses a wealth of records and treasures – known as our Tasmanian Archives. Search for historical paintings, photographs, rare books, maps or manuscripts just to name a few. Remember you can learn how to explore the archives supported by our helpful staff.

Does your family have Tasmanian ancestry? Look into your past using our Tasmanian Names Index, a treasure trove of digitised records that may hold the key to your family secrets.

Attend our family history events this month at your local library or at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart, where a series of historical talks will run throughout August. To attend in person or to register for webinars go to Eventbrite. For more information about Family History Month events including a program, follow this link.

Register for activities at our libraries around the state on Eventbrite (search for Libraries Tasmania):

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.

National Family History Month

Records and indexes and archives, oh my!

Have you ever wondered what history your home holds? Is there talk about a long-lost family farm? Do you have a family tree that spans the world?

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and our State Library, Tasmanian Archives and Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts at Libraries Tasmania are hosting talks that will spark your interest. Hosted by historians and family history experts, the talks will take you on a journey as you discover how to use convict records, the Names Index, TROVE, our Tasmanian Archives, and more.

Can’t make it in person? Sign up for the webinars and enjoy from the comfort of your home.

Whether you’re new to family history research or a seasoned expert, why not try one of our many fascinating Family History Month talks – here is just a selection from Eventbrite:

Keep up with the current conversation on Libraries Tasmania SoundCloud. Download the Family History Month talks program here (PDF, 2.5MB)


Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

Design a bookmark and go into the draw to have your artwork professionally printed!

Celebrate the 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week with us by designing a bookmark that explores this year’s theme, “Dreaming with eyes open…”

The competition is open to all school age children and young people in Tasmania. The five winners (one from each age category) will have their design professionally printed and made available at all of our libraries.

Pick up an entry form at your local library or print online.

Entries open Monday 25 July and close Friday 26 August 2022.

Age categories:

  • 4 – 6 years
  • 7 – 9 years
  • 10 – 12 years
  • 13 – 15 years
  • 16 – 18 years

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS 

This competition is run by Libraries Tasmania https://www.libraries.tas.gov.au 

By submitting an entry to this competition, you: 

  1. confirm that you are the entrant’s parent or legal guardian, unless entrant is over 18 years of age 
  2. consent to your child entering this competition 
  3. accept these terms and conditions of entry 

Entry is available to the general public for people between 4 to 18 years of age and who live in Tasmania. Parents/guardians must provide consent to their child entering the competition. Entrants may only enter once.   

The entry form will be available through the Libraries Tasmania website to print along with printed copies available at Libraries Tasmania libraries statewide. 

The competition opens at 9:00am on 25 July 2022 and closes on Friday 26 August 2022 at 5:00pm. Entries received outside this period will not be accepted. 

To enter the competition, ask your child to draw their bookmark design in the space provided on the entry form and complete the contact details.  

Entries can be submitted to any Libraries Tasmania library. Entries must not contain any offensive or inappropriate material or infringe a third party’s intellectual property right.  

Once the competition has closed, a judging panel convened by Libraries Tasmania will judge each entry on creativity and originality in accordance with the 2022 Book Week theme – Dreaming with eyes open.  One winner will be selected from each age category.

Winning bookmark designs will be professionally printed into a Libraries Tasmania bookmark and made freely available at library locations statewide. 

Winners will be contacted by telephone or email by Thursday 30 September 2022. Please let staff know if you do not wish for your child’s name (first name only) to be published when the winner is announced. 

Winners (first name and age category) will be announced, along with the winning bookmark design, on the Libraries Tasmania Facebook page or other Libraries Tasmania communications platforms.  

Libraries Tasmania may require a winner’s parent or legal guardian to provide evidence of the winner’s identity, including their Tasmanian address.  Entries which do not comply with these terms and conditions will not be accepted.  

Winners will receive a copy of their bookmark professionally printed. 

You acknowledge your child retains copyright of their entry.   

Libraries Tasmania collects personal information about entrants in the course of running this competition and does so in accordance with its privacy policy at Tasmanian Government Personal Information Protection (www.tas.gov.au). Eligible images will be posted on the Libraries Tasmania Facebook page and may also be used as part of Libraries Tasmania media. By submitting an entry you/your legal guardian consent to Libraries Tasmania using their first name(s) (unless requested otherwise) and submitted images for the promotion of Libraries Tasmania activities and related purposes, which include but are not limited to distribution to third parties who may use the image for commercial purposes or where release of the image is required by law.  

You may wish to withdraw your consent for future use, other than associated with this competition, by contacting Libraries Tasmania  on (03) 6165 5538 or emailing us at libraries.tas@education.tas.gov.au

Libraries Tasmania accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete or invalid entries.  

If for any reason the competition cannot be run as planned, Libraries Tasmania reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the competition and /or amend these terms and conditions.  


Stories After Dark in 2022… Did you go?!

The Stories After Dark event that lit up the State Library and Archives building in Hobart on Saturday 18 June had an amazing vibe, with the doors staying open after dark for a second time after the successful inaugural event in 2021.

Over two thousand people came through the doors to experience the images, displays and performances. The combination of light, sound and film, the warm welcome and encouragement to explore, and the excitement of being backstage at the State Library and Archives building at night drew crowds in to view the digital canvas that the building became.

People from near and far had the opportunity to experience projections, visualisations, and artworks from the rich cultural collections of your State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives collections, weaving across and around 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

This year Libraries Tasmania collaborated with the City of Hobart’s Youth Arc for Stories After Dark. Curator Yumemi Hiraki and artist mentors Will Nicolson and Sara Wright worked with 19 emerging young artists to create new works in response to the Tasmanian Archives collection.

Dance, music, sculpture, projection, paintings, drawing, photography, animation and live storytelling were all on show for the public to explore and see what interpretations the young Tasmanians formed.  The live visual and performance art by the City of Hobart’s Youth Arc was not to be missed!

View the images and photographs exhibited online via the Stories After Dark Flickr gallery.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in July

Midwinter is upon us, and we are getting ready for an exciting and fun-filled program this July.

Learn something new in NAIDOC Week this year

Recognise the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week from 3 –10 July 2022.

Discover a wealth of compelling NAIDOC Week posters. Share a book with a friend – follow the links here for adult and children’s NAIDOC week titles from our catalogue or in Story Box Library.

Get to know Tasmanian Aboriginal culture with The Orb, a fantastic learning resource, where Tasmanian Aboriginal people are sharing their stories about Country and culture on an interactive website.

Visit Trove for a national collection of images and objects with connections to Aboriginal Australian life and culture, and view the Indigenous documentary stream on Beamafilm to learn about Indigenous peoples’ culture and perspective. 

Read more about NAIDOC week.

Wanting to read a popular eBook without a hold?

Libby’s next Big Library Read runs from Wednesday 13 to Wednesday 27 July. Enjoy a global book club and online discussion with the Big Library Read from the comfort of your couch.

Read the featured title “The girl in his shadow” by Audrey Blake – as an eBook or eAudiobook available with no holds or waitlist from 13 July on the Libraries Tasmania website; or on our lending app or your Libby app.  

It’s Library and Information Week from 25 – 31 July!

Library and Information week is the time to celebrate the important roles library staff play in our local community, work and personal lives.

Celebrate not only our 45 public libraries around the state and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, but also school libraries and specialist libraries like the Aboriginal Education Services Library supporting teachers and learners in Tasmanian schools.

International Non-Binary People’s Day

14 July is International Non-Binary People’s Day, and it is a day to celebrate and acknowledge the diversity in gender and those who may not fit within the traditional gender binary.

Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that sit within, outside of, across or between the spectrum of the male and female binary. Check out our eBook titles from Pride Month.

We will also be celebrating International Non-Binary People’s Day on our Facebook page and in library displays.

State Library and Archives building information screens

Have you noticed the new information screens in our State Library and Archives building in Hobart? We now have digital information screens to make it even easier for you to understand and navigate what is happening in our libraries and archives when you visit.

The last piece of chocolate, anyone?

Snaffle the last of the Cadbury’s Chocolate Factory display “By Mountain and Sea”: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room (Level 2) until 31 July. If you can’t make it, go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection or read the blog.

Exhibition changeover at the Allport

The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts will be closed from Monday 27 June until Wednesday 6 July for an exhibition changeover. We will reopen on Thursday 7 July 2022. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to sharing the next exhibition, Chilled, with you. 

Register for activities at your public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.

The winter school holidays are just around the corner

The winter solstice has been and gone, so it’s time to rug up and get ready for the school holidays!

Our school holiday program is full of exciting and fresh challenges for those who want to try something new! Keep an eye on Eventbrite for sessions near you and the chance to take part at your local library.

Some of the highlights include:

If you’re in Southern Tasmania, check out the Southern Libraries School Holiday Program.

Don’t forget to register your child’s spot as our activities do book out.

Get up! Stand up! Show up! this NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held around the country from 3 July to 10 July. This year’s theme is Get up! Stand up! Show up! and Libraries Tasmania want you to celebrate with us!

NAIDOC Week is an important time to recognise and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This year’s theme is a reminder to everyone to continue pushing for progressive changes that support and represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – by working together.

To share the stories and experiences of First Nations peoples across Australia and the Torres Strait, we have put together a collection of adult and children’s NAIDOC Week titles from our catalogue. The titles can be accessed as an eBook or eAudiobook on the Libby app or OverDrive website, or you can borrow the titles from libraries across the state.

Adult titles

Flock: First Nations Stories Then and Now by Ellen Van Neerven

Curated by award-winning author Ellen van Neerven, Flock roams the landscape of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling, bringing together voices from across the generations.

Borrow Flock today.

Hard copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1362615

eBook: Flock – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

Too much lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Wise-cracking Kerry Salter has spent a lifetime avoiding two things – her hometown and prison. But now her Pop is dying and she’s an inch away from the lockup, so she takes a Harley and heads south to Durrongo.

Borrow Too Much Lip today.

Hard copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1267028

eBook: Too Much Lip – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

For the full list of OverDrive/Libby adult titles visit:  NAIDOC Week 2022 – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

Children’s titles

Shake a leg by Boori Pryor

From pizza shop to bora ground, here is a joyous celebration of food, dance and cultural understanding. When three young boys go to a pizza parlour and meet an Aboriginal chef who can speak Italian and make a deadly pizza, they’re in for a surprise!

Hard copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-985803

eBook: Kids – Shake a Leg – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

Ceremony by Adam Goodes and Ellie Laing, illustrated by David Hardy

Welcome, children! Nangga! Nangga! Yakarti!

Tonight will be our Ceremony. Our family gathers as the fire burns. The smoke rises up as we take it in turns . . . Then clapsticks tap – one, two, three – but a stick is missing! Where could it be?

Borrow Ceremony today.

Hard copies: https://stors.tas.gov.au/ILS/SD_ILS-1392169

eBook: Kids – Ceremony – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

More NAIDOC week titles

If you’re looking for more children’s titles, don’t forget Story Box Library. Story Box Library have NAIDOC Week inspired titles read by Aboriginal and Torres Strait people from around Australia. Discover the Story Box website and app!

For the full list of eBook titles visit: Kids – NAIDOC Week 2022 – Libraries Tasmania – OverDrive

The Orb

Have you discovered The Orb? The Orb is an interactive website all about Aboriginal culture, history and practices. From the connection to the land, song, dance and foods, The Orb tells the story of Tasmania’s Aboriginal community and practices. “Walk in our shoes, see through our eyes and journey alongside us… the Tasmanian Aboriginal community” – Gumnuts to Buttons.

Historical NAIDOC Week posters

The history of the NAIDOC Week poster shows the journey of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples from the 1970s to today. Discover how the posters show the changing themes and messages of NAIDOC Week.

Looking for more images, photographs or objects? Visit Trove for a national collection of images and objects with connections to First Nations Australians’ life and culture.

Discover stories in film. Beamafilm tells indigenous stories through movie and TV series. Discover some of Australia’s great Aboriginal actors and award-winning visuals.

91 STORIES… the Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks!

Let’s take a closer look at the Mt. Wellington Park: Map of roads and tracks! Read the full story behind the original Mt Wellington map and its creator on the State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog.

Find your favourite and familiar walking tracks. The Fingerpost Track, Crocodile Rock, and the Mount Arthur Ski Slopes are just some of the many features that can be found on a stunning map of kunanyi/Mount Wellington produced in 1935 by the Hobart Walking Club.

The map, drawn by renowned Tasmanian artist Vernon Hodgman (1909-1984) and created to make the mountain more accessible, is a snapshot in time and features the unfinished road to the pinnacle as well as the main walking trails and huts.

Two walkers and a skier stride around the outside – Vernon Hodgman’s original mock-ups of these three figures are shown in the display ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 years of Cadbury’s at Claremont, now on at the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room.   

Read the full story behind the original Mt Wellington map and its creator on the State Library and Tasmanian Archives blog on The Art of Mapping kunanyi/ Mount Wellington or by visiting libraries.tas.gov.au/GetCurious

View the 91 STORIES online exhibition

Hungry for more stories? This year we are digging deeper into a selection of the 91 Stories exhibition.

Curated from selections by the Tasmanian public, the exhibition includes your favourites from the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Libraries.tas.gov.au/91stories

#GetCurious #91Stories #GetTheFullPicture

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in June

Celebrate winter – dive into dark nights and discover Stories After Dark at the State Library and Archives building in Hobart on 18 June!

What happens inside Hobart’s iconic 91 Murray Street building when the lights go out?

You will have the chance to find out, as the doors stay open after dark… and the walls, ceilings, floors and stairwells light up to become a mesmerising digital canvas.

Stories After Dark is open to the public on Saturday 18 June from 6:30pm – 9:30pm at Libraries Tasmania, 91 Murray Street, Hobart. This is a free, family-friendly event. For more information see our Facebook and Eventbrite pages.

Winter is here … Enjoy our collections from the comfort of your couch

Choose a cosy corner of your choice to curl up with a book from our lending collection. Or simply browse new items and place holds from your phone using our new lending app.

If it’s too cold to go out, select an e-book or watch a movie from our expanding eLibrary, stream through Beamafilm or enjoy browsing through the Australasian Video Online films and documentaries.

It’s Pride Month, when we celebrate the culture and achievements of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transexual, Intersex, Queer and gender diverse individuals and communities and progress.

Our librarians have curated a special list of eBooks to mark the occasion: Love isn’t the only thing at stake in the enemies-to-lovers e-story Conventionally Yours by Annabeth Albert. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through in the delightful queer love story Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. See our permanent list of LGBTIQA+ eBooks on our website here.

Let our music collections shape your day

Harbour a quiet preference for classical or world music? Discover Naxos Music Library – stream free content from your phone, tablet or PC. Change it up with Naxos Jazz for something new. 

What stories in your past are held by our treasure trove?

Get Curious! Discover your own stories by digging deeper into our Tasmanian Archives to find your family’s convict records, photos, orphan home records and more.

Help a friend rediscover the joy of reading

Did you know Libraries Tasmania is helping hundreds of adults become better readers? If you know someone who needs literacy support, encourage them to ask about help with reading and writing at their local library.

Warm up with an exhibition or three!

Spoil yourself and enjoy our warm exhibition spaces this month! Get Curious and take your time amongst our displays and exhibitions:

  • The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Listen and watch the installation and learn more about the vibrant retelling of the Tasmanian Aboriginal history of Tasmania.

Have you driven through Geilston Bay in Hobart recently and wondered about the new mural on our repository?

The mural on the walls of the new Geilston Bay Repository was commissioned as part of the Arts Tasmania and Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme. The work, Waves of Time, was created by contemporary artist Josh Foley.

Register for activities at our public libraries around the state on Eventbrite:

And activities for kids on Eventbrite:

If you need help discovering our resources, contact your local library.