Ann Larkins and the Spaces of the King’s Female Orphan School – PHA (Vic &Tas) talk at the Allport

Do you have an interest in Tasmanian history and want to hear from researchers about their discoveries?

The next Professional Historians Association (Vic and Tas) talk at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is on Thursday 6 October from 1:00 pm – 2:00pm.

Listen to Ann-Marie Ezzy explore the spaces of an orphanage, the King’s Female Orphan School, which opened in Hobart Town in 1828, and discover how its operation incarcerated the children of convicts like Ann Larkins.

Book a seat on Eventbrite. Can’t make it? Register online for the webinar.

Image: Digitised item from: Tasmanian Archives: Public Works Department – Plans – Male and Female Orphan Schools – former to be built at New Town, latter at Hobart Town and Plan of the Orphan Schools. https://stors.tas.gov.au/AI/PWD266-1-1458

Spring school holidays at Libraries Tasmania

It’s spring, the perfect time to get the kids active and excited! School holiday sessions at your local library are free and open to all children.

Try something new together!

Find activities at your local library on Eventbrite.

A few exciting highlights in Northern and North-West Tasmania:

If you’re in southern Tasmania, download or view the Southern Libraries School Holiday program. Some activities for kids on Eventbrite:

Please make sure to book on Eventbrite as demand for activities is high.

Did you know that children can have their own library card? A library membership helps you to support your child’s literacy and learning needs plus a love of reading.

Your child has access to books, eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as great homework resources like the Britannica Library. Discover more than you ever expected!

Visit your local library to sign up today.


Tasmanian Archives on the move: from Berriedale to the new Geilston Bay Repository

The Tasmanian Archives collection will be relocating from Berriedale to a new facility at Geilston Bay – the Geilston Bay Repository – from September to November 2022.

While we move there will be a period of time when records may not be available.


Have you seen the new mural at the Geilston Bay Repository?

Contemporary artist Josh Foley, based in Launceston, Tasmania, has recently made his artwork Waves of Time on the new archives building. Josh describes his work as relating to “a kind of ocean of space/time whereby we are mapping and co-ordinating our current perspective based upon all the data we choose to keep”.

The mural was commissioned as part of the Arts Tasmania and Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.


We are looking forward to working in our brand-new archive space!

Indigenous Literacy Day

Indigenous Literacy Day 2022 is on 7 September. 

Indigenous Literacy DayCelebrating Stories, Cultures and Languages – is proudly presented by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, supported by the Australian Publishers Association, the Australian Booksellers Association, the Australian Society of Authors, and the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation supports remote communities by providing new, culturally relevant books and learning resources to children and families across Australia in their Book Supply Program.

Kids will enjoy reading our specially curated Indigenous Literacy Day children’s eBook collection featuring First Australian authors and illustrators.

Special event! George Town Community Hub will be celebrating National Indigenous Literacy Day on Wednesday 7 September from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at our Bush Kinder program with families and children aged 0–5 years. Sammie-Jo will be sharing cultural stories and language followed by exploring the environment with nature play. 

Libraries across Tasmania will be celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day. Get in touch with your local library to join the celebration, or join the national event online from your own device.

What’s on at Libraries Tasmania in September

What will you learn today? Lifelong learning opportunities abound at Libraries Tasmania.

Time for a spring change? Libraries Tasmania offers more than you expect. Try:

Dreaming with eyes open… the Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition

The Libraries Tasmania Book Week Bookmark Competition has now closed. Thank you to all the children who submitted a bookmark, your designs are brilliant.

If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings, now open!

Have you ever wondered about the origins of your own home or familiar and loved buildings in your area?

The Tasmanian Archives is your doorway to the history of buildings in Tasmania, including perhaps your own home. You could find out who lived there before you, who designed it, and exactly when it was built.  

Does architecture spark your interest? Visit If walls could talk: researching the stories and histories of Tasmanian buildings, a display now on at the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room. These historic photographs, films, maps, deeds and house plans all reveal a rich insight into the significance of place.

Enjoy the rich photography of Cecil Percy Ray in the online album or in person. His beautiful images capture not only the variety of house styles in early twentieth century Tasmania, but also quirky moments in the everyday life of the building inhabitants.

In November you will be able to take a behind the scenes tour of the State Library and Archives building in Hobart as part of Open House Hobart. Stay tuned…

A deliciously chocolatey exhibition arrives at Burnie Library this month

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

Explore the history of chocolate making in Tasmania at Burnie Library for the whole month of September. Visit in person at Burnie Library, 30 Alexander Street Burnie.

Still can’t make it in person? Go online to see some incredibly rich images from our collection and read the story behind the photos on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage blog.

Grabbing everything online these days?

Get your hands on the most popular new release titles on your device for free via the eLibrary. Visit our free online catalogues for children and youth. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, keeping you up to date with events, exhibitions, and the latest news.

Go to Eventbrite, and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’ for spring school holiday activities, Adult Learners Week sessions and more.

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

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

Adult Learners Week 2022 – connect with learning at your local library

There are so many opportunities to learn at Libraries Tasmania. Learning something new can help you to create connections, keep your brain healthy, and of course, allow you to upskill.

Although learning as an adult can sometimes feel daunting, we’re here to help you along the way.

There is so much on offer at Libraries Tasmania, and what better time than Adult Learners Week 1 to 8 September to explore the options. Visit your local library to pick up a program and keep an eye on Eventbrite for workshops, classes or sessions.

A taster of Adult Learners Week sessions ahead:

If you’re looking for something specific to help you achieve your learning goals, the Lifelong Learning Information Service, available at all libraries across Tasmania, can help you find the learning opportunity you are looking for. You can visit or contact your local library, or call 1800 808 303 to receive help finding information about learning opportunities. 

Join Adult Learners Week events at any of our libraries around Tasmania.

Travelling around Tasmania? Check what’s happening at your destination – visitors are always welcome. If you’re on the move don’t forget our eBooks, eAudiobooks, online newspapers and more for online learning, and research and reference materials – a wealth of knowledge awaits you.

Children’s Book Week Award winners

CBCA have announced the 2022 Book of the Year winning titles! Congratulations to these very talented Australian authors and illustrators.

Want to read the shortlisted and winning titles? Click the links below to browse our catalogue, and use your library card to place a hold today, or visit your local library.

  • Older Readers: Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim – book or eBook
  • Younger Readers: A Glasshouse of Stars by Shirley Marr – book, audiobook or eBook
  • Early Childhood: Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe illustrated by Hannah Sommerville – book and on StoryBox Library read by Angourie Rice
  • The Picture Book of the Year: Iceberg illustrated by Jess Racklyeft and text by Claire Saxby – book, eBook and on StoryBox Library read by Angourie Rice
  • The Eve Pownall Award: Still Alive, Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System by Safdar Ahmed – book
  • CBCA Award for New Illustrator: The Boy Who Tried to Shrink His Name illustrated by Michelle Pereira, written by Sandhya Parappukkaran – book and on StoryBox Library

To view the full list of winners and honourable mentions, visit the CBCA website

What’s happening for Children’s Book Week at Libraries Tasmania?

To see what’s happening at your local library, go to www.eventbrite.com.au and search ‘Libraries Tasmania’, or simply call your local library.

To watch authors and actors read some of the CBCA Book Week shortlisted titles on Story Box, log in to Story Box using your library card details and choose your title.

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.

Showing until March 2023, our building history display at the State Library and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room illustrates 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.

These historic photographs and films, newspapers, census records, maps, house plans, deeds and land grants – all reveal 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)