Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania Talks

Get curious! Visit the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts for the monthly historical talk series, Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania Talks.


Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania Talks, are a series of monthly public lectures held at the State Library of Tasmania, and are jointly sponsored by the State Library and Archive Service and the Professional Historians Association Victoria and Tasmania (PHA (Vic & Tas)).

Each month you can expect to hear from a professional historian, academic or researcher on the interpretation, documentation and communication of history and the present day.

The talks are presented by professional historians or experts in their field on the first Thursday of each month at 1:00 pm, and are aimed at a diverse audience of researchers, the public and people who like to expand their knowledge of Tasmania’s history and heritage.


Upcoming talk 2 June: Unfortunately due to illness June’s talk is cancelled

Catch up with past talks on the Libraries Tasmania SoundCloud and YouTube


Upcoming talk 7 July: ‘Conflicting view of the palawa people in early vandemonian newspapers‘ with Leon Atkinson-MacEwan

Details and registration to be open in the coming weeks. See Eventbrite for updates.


To find out more about our past and future events, see the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Art’s Eventbrite page.

‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont

Did someone say chocolate? How delightful!

Savour Tasmania’s rich history in chocolate making and enjoy our Cadbury’s display By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont.

Visit in person: On display at Burnie Library until 9 October; 30 Alexander Street, Burnie. The next location is to be advised.

View online: See a selection of the Tasmanian Archives Cadbury’s collection online on Flickr, and images from Cadbury’s from our catalogue.

Read the research blog: Learn about the Model Factory at Cadbury’s Claremont in the research blog.

Showcasing historic photographs, film, illustrations, and product artworks from our Tasmanian Archives and items loaned from the Hodgman family, ‘By Mountain and Sea’: 100 Years of Cadbury’s at Claremont highlights one of Tasmania’s most recognised institutions – the Cadbury Chocolate Factory.

Opening in October 1922 and developed according to Quaker ideals, the factory included housing for staff, recreation and education facilities – including a library and a cricket ground. Included in the display is information about the history of the company and its connections to dairy and fruit industries around Tasmania.

At the centre of the Reading Room display is a collection of original sketches and mock-ups drawn by Vernon Hodgman (1909 – 1984). Vernon Hodgman was a commercial artist and industrial designer at Cadbury’s Claremont between 1928 and 1940, and in 1945 became the Head of the Design Studio. These items are on loan from the Hodgman Family.

The exhibition is a celebration of our local community, shared knowledge and creativity. From family members, factory tours and primary producers, the Cadbury’s brand has touched many Tasmanian families and is a world recognised name.

Curious about what else you might find in the Tasmanian Archives? Home to more than 1.2 million archive and heritage items, you can explore the archives from your own device including the many images from Cadbury’s through our website.

Get curious! What will you discover?


Image: Cadbury Factory, Joyce in cocoa bean store, “Cadburys – A Cake of Chocolate” https://stors.tas.gov.au/AB713-1-1427

91 STORIES… The Toreador!


Watch The Toreador live in performance at Stories After Dark. Find out more about attending this special event by following on Facebook or Eventbrite.


This year we are getting curious and 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.

Let’s take a closer look at The Toreador…

A single item can be a window into a story that weaves itself across locations and generations. And a ‘musical score’ – the sheets of music notes used for a performance – owned by a notable (yet until recently, largely forgotten) Tasmanian woman is one of these windows…

Read about the full story of Lucy Benson in The Lady Conductor and the Score of the Toreador in the State Library and Tasmanian Archive Blog.

View the 91 STORIES online exhibition.

Libraries.tas.gov.au/91stories

#GetCurious #91Stories #GetTheFullPicture

The library is your oyster

This April, we are inviting you to explore all that we have on offer.

Enjoy our exhibitions and displays.

Experience the delights of chocolate making in Tasmania’s south.

Visit the latest 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 and online.

Looking for a contemporary retelling of Tasmanian history?

The Lanney Pillar at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts is open until 25 June 2022. Experience the story of William Lanney as it’s never been told before.

Can’t come to an exhibition in person? Go behind the scenes with the Allport Curator and artists online.

Join a program or event for adults, at our public libraries across the state:

Or, for the kids:

Visit Eventbrite for events at your local library.

Have you ever wanted to join a book club?

We are partnering with Overdrive to bring you two virtual book clubs.

Ben’s Book Club is hosted by bestselling author Ben Hobson and focuses on a new book each month. Library Lovers is hosted by bestselling Maya Linnell and looks at books and magazines.

Each month you can download the selected titles with no holds or waitlist using the Libby App or from the OverDrive website using your Libraries Tasmania membership.

Expect interactive discussions with some of Australia’s most loved authors.

Register your interest online:

Big Library Read

Join in the Big Library Read from 4 to 18 April when readers around the world will all be reading the same book at the same time! This year’s title is Music is History by Questlove.

Our spaces are for everyone

Find a quiet space in the State Library of Tasmania and Tasmanian Archives Reading Room, and study, work, or read in comfort.

Visit your local library to enjoy the children’s area and family friendly spaces.

Discover local and Tasmanian history through access to resources online and in person at your local library.

Or satisfy your curiosity by reading magazines, connecting with a class, or doing your own research… the choice is yours.

If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, contact your local library.


Image: Dancers in costume as two couples. https://stors.tas.gov.au/NS2490-1-1$init=NS2490-1-1_33

Get Curious

This year, Libraries Tasmania will be celebrating the key cultural collections of the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

We will be inviting you once again to discover more about Tasmania’s past, and how you can play a role in telling Tasmania’s stories. 

So, get ready to… Get Curious!

Many Tasmanians sent us their favourite object, image or manuscript from the collections of the State Library of Tasmania, Tasmanian Archives and the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts to create the beautiful 91 Stories Exhibition in 2021.

This year we will delve deeper into just a few of the 91 Stories. Stay tuned for information about upcoming events and to hear from our archivists and people in our community with connections to these stories, who will help bring them to life.

Rediscover our 91 STORIES online exhibition.

Hello, have we met?

The library is here for you. Whether you’re visiting in person or online, you can enjoy having an extra place to spend time – at your library!

The last few years have changed how we live and communicate. Libraries Tasmania is here to help you adapt to the changing times through our digital literacy sessions and helpful IT volunteers! Why not see if there is a digital session near you on Eventbrite?

We’re here for you! Make the library your space. If you need help accessing any of our wonderful resources, send us a message, call or talk to your local library. No matter where you are, Libraries Tasmania is a safe and welcoming space to choose books, use the computer or just sit and listen to music. Visit our website for contact details.

Do you love your library? Why not pop in and collect a free “I Love My Library” bumper sticker or “Follow your curiosity” bookmark?

Have you been to the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Nestled within the State Library and Tasmanian Archives building at 91 Murray Street Hobart, is the hidden gem the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts. The unmissable exhibition Vision of a palawa, showcasing Rodney Gardner’s contemporary watercolours, and illustrations from the Tasmanian Archives, is open with free entry until 12 March 2022.

Go behind the scenes with contemporary artist Rodney Gardner.

If you can’t catch the exhibition watch behind the scenes footage of the exhibition and learn about Rodney Gardner’s artistic practice online.

Isn’t it good, Taswegian Wood

Listen to our very own State Library of Tasmania Librarian, Ali Marchant, discuss the history of willow in Tasmania with ABC presenter Helen Shield.

Learn about experiments in growing cricket bat willow trees and a wooden cricket pitch on the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Blog.

March is for…. exploring programs and events at a library near you!

Leap into something new this March! Why not learn a new tech skill? Or discover your family history?

Come along this month:

  • Join the Tuesday Book Club at Devonport, for those who want to have a chat and discover a new read.
  • Want to know what’s happening in the tech world? Tech-Talk and Tea at Devonport Library explores the latest technology in a question-friendly session.
  • Family History DNA @ Bridgewater Library will help you discover how to get a DNA test for Family History research.
  • You can even watch a movie at Bridgewater Library’s free showing of The Railway Man.
  • Get active and have a mental health chat at the Rosny Library Wellness Walk held every month.
  • Refresh your knowledge or start from scratch with Internet and Computer basics at Hobart Library.
  • Embrace the opportunity to chat with fellow budding authors at Kingston Library’s Writers’ Space.

Can’t make it to a library space? Browse the eLibrary or view our film collections and past online programs on YouTube. Check out our carefully selected eBooks for reading in various community languages for Harmony Week.

To discover the full range of exciting events, see Eventbrite.

Follow your curiosity…Become a member!

Have you ever wondered what a library membership could mean for you?

You might be asking… “what can I access for free?” or “will a library membership suit my busy lifestyle?”

Having a library membership can make your life easier and open your world to information and resources that you may not be able to access otherwise.

You can access our free online and physical resources from anywhere in the state if you’re a library member, it’s easy!

Members get free access to:

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks
  • online magazine and newspapers
  • TV, film and music streaming
  • books, CDs and magazines
  • bilingual books and newspapers
  • online language and literacy courses.

Do you know your child can become a library member?

Children can become a member from birth and have their own personal library card.

Do you know a new parent who would love to read their little one board books?

Baby book packs make it easy to choose! Baby book packs are curated by our librarians and help the learning and development of children from 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3 years old.

There are many other children’s resources that can be accessed with a library membership.

Do you know library members can access our Home Library Service?

The Home Library Service can help library members!

Home Library Service is a free and convenient way for homebound residents to maintain a vital connection with all that the library offers by becoming a library member and registering for home delivery.

Do you know that if you are couch surfing, travelling or homeless you are still eligible for library membership?

We have options for people in difficult circumstances. You can become a member without a permanent address!

If you or someone you know would love a membership, it’s as easy as signing up online or visiting a local library in person.

Where will your library membership lead you?

Become a member online or visit your local library to join in person.

Did you know..?

Libraries Tasmania is a place for everyone. We have around 2.4 million visits to our libraries each year from devoted members and curious visitors.

Our offerings are just as diverse as our community, and we’ve got something for you!   

Did you know… you can access free online streaming as a Libraries Tasmania member?

Forget about Netflix. Your library membership gives you direct access to Beamafilm. Watch movies, documentaries and tv shows for free from the convenience of your own device.

Did you know… about our exciting programs and books for kids?

Visit your library with your child to find out more about our Rock & Rhyme and Storytime programs and connect with other families.

Borrow a baby book pack to help your child develop language and literacy and build a life-long love of reading.

Did you know… we have bilingual picture and board books?

Borrow a bilingual picture book or board book and read and learn with your child in your preferred language. Place a hold via the library catalogue, or contact us for help.

Did you know… about our helpful workshops for adults who want to keep learning?

Find a free computer class at your local library and keep learning about the digital world.

Would you or a friend like reading, writing or maths to be easier? Drop into your local library and ask about our literacy service to find out about how we can help.

To see what’s on at your local library, search for Libraries Tasmania on Eventbrite, or contact your local library directly.

Did you know… you are welcome in our comfortable public spaces?

Relax, meet up with friends, recharge your phone or use a computer.

Connect with others by coming into your local library and find new hobbies like reading world news in a language other than English using our eLibrary’s online magazines and newspapers.

Did you know… about the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts?

Libraries Tasmania is the custodian of thousands of treasured pieces of Tasmania’s history. Some can be found at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts.

Visit the Allport and experience the current exhibition Vision of a palawa, as well as the permanent living collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, rare books and more…

Can’t visit the Allport in person? Explore the collections from your couch by viewing our online exhibitions, or keep up with the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage news online.

Did you know… you can chat to a librarian?

Do you have a burning research question? If you’re looking for research help, you can get in touch directly with one of our librarians. Ask a librarian today!

The above is just a snapshot of what you can expect to find at Libraries Tasmania. To find out more visit libraries.tas.gov.au.