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)


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.