Stories aren’t just words on a page. They can be represented by artefacts, records, and photographs. They can be oral accounts that are stored as recordings.
At Libraries Tasmania we are the custodians of millions of fragments of Tasmania’s history – locally told memories just waiting for discovery. Each of these items brings its own unique account of the ordinary and extraordinary people who have lived Tasmania’s stories.
Your favourite stories from our collections
Our community is the curator of the 91 Stories exhibition. This digital and physical exhibition will bring together local objects, images, artefacts and artworks – all from within our cultural collections and chosen by you.
Uncover your own hidden stories in our archives and collections
Did you know that we have a searchable Names Index? The Tasmanian Names Index holds information recorded about people in Tasmania, including immigration, births, deaths, marriage and divorce, over specific periods of time. The knowledge held in these records could help you reassemble the stories of your own Tasmanian ancestors.
Learn to write your story
Our libraries hold activities to help budding storytellers write their own tales. For example, Devonport Library currently holds a fortnightly Young Writers session, for ages 7+ to help young writers strengthen their creative writing skills. Check with your local library to see if they hold similar events.
Local stories at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
As part of the Professional Historians Associations (Tas.) Lecture Series, Dean Greeno will discuss the threat of climate change on traditional Tasmanian Aboriginal shell necklace making practices.
Join us for this special event: Effects of climate change on traditional Aboriginal shell necklace making practice, on 3 June 2021, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Register via Eventbrite.
Tasmanian stories, fact and fiction
Whether it be a retelling of an old story, or an account of a new one, our local libraries hold many Tasmanian stories that are available for our community to borrow as physical or digital books.
Some of our recent favourites include:
- Little Lion: A long way from home – Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose, illustrations by Bruce Whatley – Children
- A Treacherous Country – K.M. Kruimink – Fiction
- The Oyster Girl – Wren Fraser Cameron – Fiction
- Truganini: journey through the apocalypse – Cassandra Pybus – Non-fiction
- The Time of Our Lives – Robert Dessaix – Non-fiction