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: ‘Real and imagined colonial race relations in Australia’

Join us on Thursday 2 June, and re-examine the nature of Irish relations with indigenous peoples in the colonies of Australasia with researcher Ciara Smart.

In this session, Ciara will explore the reality of race relations in Australia through experiences of a handful of Irish nationalists in Australia. These stories, including the well-known William Smith O’Brien in Van Diemen’s Land, offer us a lens to explore Australian colonial history.

Ciara Smart is a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania. Her research focuses on the nuances of Australasian-Irish history with a particular focus on colonial race relations.

Can’t make it on the day? Each of the talks are available as a webinar, or on SoundCloud and YouTube after the event.


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

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.

National Family History Month

August is National Family History Month (NFHM), and Libraries Tasmania is once again holding its series of popular expert talks that will inspire and assist you to connect the dots of your family history.

The Libraries Tasmania NFHM expert talk series, at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

Download your copy of the National Family History Month expert talks program (PDF). Can’t make it to an Allport talk? Keep an eye on our SoundCloud channel for the recordings.

Attend one of these family history events at a local library

Please note: Bookings, via Eventbrite or phone, are essential for all our NFHM events, as numbers are limited. 

Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769

25 March – 31 July 2021

Ease your travel itch…

With international travel restrictions still in place, the Allport takes you to Tahiti, albeit in 1769, showing you for the first time a selection of stunning Society Islands botanicals from Banks’ Florilegium.

The intricate botanical prints and rare journals on display are an enduring record of human survival, courage, curiosity, obsession and creativity.

Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 comprises framed botanical prints individually colour-printed in the 1980s, from the 18th century copperplate engravings of Sydney Parkinson’s drawings. Parkinson was the artist who drew the fresh plants collected in the Society Islands by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, as part of Captain James Cook’s first voyage round the world.

Spend some time taking in the edible, the intoxicating and the medicinal details of the plants; well-known to the island people, but many of them entirely new to European botany at the time.

A beautiful colour catalogue and poster are available for sale.

Visit the exhibition in the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts:

Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart, Tasmania
Open weekdays 9:30am – 5:00pm. Saturdays 9:30am – 2:00pm. Closed Sundays and public holidays. Wheelchair accessible. Free entry. Wi-Fi access

Contact the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts

Email: allport@education.tas.gov.au
Phone: (03) 6165 5584
Website: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts