Hobart's one-stop archival shop

Media release: Thursday, 1 December 2011

The Hon Brendan O'Connor MP
Minister for Home Affairs and Justice
Senator Lisa Singh
Senator for Tasmania

Tasmania's family historians and other researchers now have a one-stop-shop where they can delve into national and state records of interest.

National Archives of Australia's Hobart office has now moved to share facilities with the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO) at LINC Tasmania premises, 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

Tasmanian Senator Lisa Singh and the Hon Nick McKim, Tasmanian Minister for Education and Skills, today jointly launched the new History Room, where researchers have easy access to both Commonwealth and Tasmanian state archival records. Senator Singh was representing the Hon Brendan O'Connor, Minister for Privacy and Freedom of Information, with responsibility for the National Archives.

Mr O'Connor said the National Archives of Australia was committed to providing face-to-face services in all capital cities. This was the third such co-location between Commonwealth and State archives.

'The effectiveness of this model has already been demonstrated in Melbourne, where the National Archives has operated a shared reading room with the Public Records Office of Victoria since 1997, and in Adelaide where Commonwealth and State archival services have shared facilities since April this year,' Mr O'Connor said.

Senator Singh told the gathering that the National Archives collection in Hobart dates back to the nineteenth century and features detailed records of many colonial functions that were assumed by the Commonwealth following Federation.

'It also tells the story of Commonwealth administration in Tasmania since Federation and in particular provides us with much information about the post-World War II immigration boom and about Australia's exploration and research in the Antarctic,' Senator Singh said.

'The collection also includes architectural drawings of iconic Tasmanian buildings and the log books of Tasmanian lighthouses.'

In jointly launching the new service with Senator Singh, Mr McKim officially welcomed the National Archives to the LINC Tasmania site.

'This joint History Room will enable researchers to request and view the rich collections of both the National Archives of Australia and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office (TAHO). This is further evidence of how Tasmania is leading the way in the integrated delivery of archives and library services and management of collections,' Mr McKim said.

'The site already allows visitors to consult archival, library and heritage collections from the one location and this has been further enhanced by the welcome arrival of the Hobart office of the National Archives of Australia.'

Senator Singh and Mr McKim also viewed a selection of items from both the National Archives and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office that demonstrated the close links between the two collections and the benefit of being able to access these collections from one location.

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