Our Tasmania research centre is open to the public. We are open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Wednesday to Friday.
Due to physical distancing requirements, the number of people allowed in the research centre at once is capped and time limits apply.
You need to request records in advance and book a time to visit. Three-hour sessions are available for either 9:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Please call us on 03 6165 5607 to make a booking and find out more about the COVID-19 health and safety measures we have put in place.
If you are feeling unwell, please postpone your visit. We would love to see you when you are feeling better.
We appreciate your patience and support as we work through this together.
About the Tasmania office
The History Room at the State Library of Tasmania is jointly operated by the National Archives and the State Library and Archive Service.
Researchers can access both Commonwealth and state records from the one location.
For more information about the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage collection please visit their website.
The collection in Tasmania
The Tasmania office holds similar records to other National Archives' offices around Australia, such as:
- immigration case files
- alien registration documentation
- lighthouse logbooks
- army pay records
- large-format architectural drawings of Commonwealth buildings in the state.
We also have collections unique to Tasmania, including records created by Commonwealth scientific agencies in the state.
Australian Antarctic Division
The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) collection is a valuable record of Australia’s longstanding relationship with the Antarctic continent.
It includes voyage and station logs from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE), which document the establishment and operation of Australian Antarctic and sub-Antarctic stations from 1947 onwards.
The logs provide an insight into the day-to-day life, activities, events and scientific work of ANARE expeditioners. Subjects covered include:
- pioneering glacier journeys
- seal and penguin counts
- frost bite
- icebreakers and snow vehicles
- midwinter celebrations and film nights
- husky dog reports
- accidents and medical emergencies.
The AAD correspondence collection documents Australia’s lead role in developing the Antarctic Treaty System and the Convention of the Regulation of Antarctic Mineral Resource Activities.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research collection records Australia’s national and international activities to protect the living marine environment.
It also includes fisheries surveys, ocean current and tidal studies, and the correspondence collections of notable scientists.
Bureau of Meteorology
Among these is a series of tidal readings and meteorological data recorded at Port Arthur between 1837 and 1877 by Thomas Lampiere, the Deputy Assistant Commissary General at the Port Arthur penal settlement.
Research centre opening hours
9.30am to 2.15pm Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Closed public holidays.
The research centre is shared between the National Archives and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office. Researchers can access both Commonwealth and state records from the one location.
Entry to the National Archives is free.
All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible.
Toilets with disabled facilities are available on the ground, first, and second floors.
Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.
GPO Box 309