We all have a story to tell… Tasmania’s stories, your stories

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:

Our cultural collections are on show!

This April we’re excited to be showcasing our cultural collections – from rare books and manuscripts, to exquisite art exhibitions, to a living collection of nationally significant Tasmanian colonial paintings, photographs, English and European decorative arts and furniture.

Did you know that Libraries Tasmania includes the State Library of Tasmania, the Tasmanian Archives and The Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts? These three cultural institutions (housed within the heritage-listed 91 Murray Street building) come together to tell the fascinating stories of Tasmanian – and we are inviting you to explore these stories, both in-person and online!

The State Library of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Archives provide access to the unique stories from our past. Explore our many historic Tasmanian images, including photos, paintings, drawings and more. There are currently more than 50,000 images online and we regularly add to them. Browse the images online or find more information about accessing and using images. Also check out our newly digitised items, ranging from convict and gaol records, employment and hospital records, letters, manuscripts, maps and plans to glass plate negatives, colonial artworks, historical artefacts and photographs.

We also have a rich collection of colonial paintings, furniture, books and decorative art, a re-created ‘house’ museum and a vibrant annual exhibition series (featuring works from the collection and contemporary Tasmanian artists) at the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Hobart’s hidden treasure that is housed on the foyer level of the 91 Murray Street building. Our current exhibition is the intriguing Banks’ Florilegium – Society Islands, 1769 – and you can ‘tour’ past exhibitons at the Allport through our Flickr page.

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