“40 years of mucking about with boats”

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The Maritime Museum of Tasmania is celebrating its 40th Anniversary on Sunday 7 December with a free Open Day.  The museum contains one of the largest collections of maritime artefacts, paintings, photographs and historic documents in Tasmania.

The latest exhibition on stories of immigration to Tasmania presents many insights on migrants’ experiences including convicts, free settlers, bounty emigrants, refugees and adventurers. It explores why people left their homelands to come to Tasmania and how they fared in their new home.

Other displays include whaling, Derwent River ferries and lighthouses.  There is also a well-stocked gift and book shop loaded with ideas for Christmas.

Not only can visitors come into the museum to see its renowned displays, they can also inspect two historic sailing vessels at Constitution Dock.   The Westward, a beautiful cutter, the only Tasmanian yacht to have twice won handicap honours in the Sydney-Hobart race, in 1947 and 1948. And on board the historic trading ketch, May Queen, visitors can get involved with knot making and try their hand at creating their own length of rope with a rope machine.

The Shiplovers’ Society of Tasmania was the first group to encourage the collection and preservation of Tasmania’s maritime history as far back as the 1930s. But it was not until the 1970s that a group of individuals brought their private collections together, along with objects from the Shiplovers’ Society to create the first independent museum. This opened in 1974 at the back of St George’s Church in Battery Point.  In 1983, the museum moved into historic Secheron House close to the Battery Point shipyards.

In 1999, the museum moved to its current home, the Carnegie Building, behind the Hobart Town Hall and close to Sullivans Cove, the heart of maritime Hobart. This move has enabled new exhibitions to be created, as well as offering visitors and locals alike a significant attraction in the centre of the city. Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the redeveloped museum in March 2000.

The Museum is located on the corner of Argyle and Davey Streets opposite Constitution Dock. The Open Day is on from 9am to 5pm. Entry is free.

For further information, please contact:

  • John Wadsley, TMAG Maritime Heritage Coordinator on 6234 1427 or 0417 487 289
  • Mark Hosking, Maritime Museum on 6234 1427

Proposals from artists and curators interested in exhibiting work in the Allport gallery

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Photos from Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office Commons.




The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office invites proposals from artists and curators interested in exhibiting work in the Allport gallery in 2016 and 2017.
Proposals will be evaluated for relevance to the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office collections, accessibility to a broad audience, capacity to link with events/anniversaries, educational potential and skill of the artist.
For more about Allport, the collections and past exhibitions, browse the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office on Flickr Commons https://www.flickr.com/photos/107895189@N03/sets/ , YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/LINCTasmania and HistoryPin https://www.historypin.org/channels/view/39068/#/home!photos/list/ , visit our website http://www.linc.tas.gov.au/tasmaniasheritage , the Allport Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Allport-Library-and-Museum-of-Fine-Arts/351384484962337  –  or, indeed, visit us in person at 91 Murray Street, Hobart.

The hanging space in the gallery is 28 linear metres and the space is provided free of charge. Please submit a 250-500 word concept addressing the above criteria, along with 3-5 examples of work to the acting Allport Librarian, Ian Morrison ian.morrison@education.tas.gov.au by 15 December 2014.

UnIdentified Lunchtime Talk

It’s that time of year again…


And we have some very exciting events planned here at BRM!

UnIdentified Lunchtime Talk

Hosted By Colin Winter

Come and meet the people behind the photo! We thought you might like to hear from some of the people who have been recognised in our Unidentifiedexhibition. Unfortunately most of them are dead… But don’t let that get you down! We have lined up the next best thing – the people who knew them most. Including more photographs, newspaper articles and anecdotal stories from loved ones, come and get a feel for the people we now know. (Warning: May include special appearances from people who are actually still alive!)

Wednesday 1stOctober  –  1.00 pm

FREE entry with tea, coffee and bickies on the house!

UnIdentified – The People You Recognised

We asked you the question “Do you recognise anyone?” and here are the answers you gave us! Come and have another look at our Unidentifiedexhibition with all the information that we have gathered so far including names, dates, newspaper articles and even family members. Share in the interesting, funny and even embarrassing stories of people who would otherwise have remained Unidentified…

Wednesday 1st October    to    Saturday 18th October

Entry to this exhibition is FREE!

Special Saturday Openings

Too busy to come and visit us on a weekday? Running out of time to see our Unidentifiedexhibition? We are opening for 3 Special Saturdays before we close the doors on this fabulous exhibition. Come and check out UnIdentified – The People You Recognised!to get all the info about the people who we now know.

Open 10.00 am to 4.30 pm

Saturday 4th      Saturday 11th      Saturday 18th

The Unidentified Project

Why stop now?! Even though our exhibition Unidentified will be closing on the 18th of October, there are still some names missing from the faces. We will be posting these portraits one at a time on our Facebook Page and continuing the quest to identify their subjects. We will also be giving you all the information and stories we have gathered so far. So spread the word – “Do you recognise anyone?”

Starts Wednesday 1st October


We hope to see you soon at one of our fabulous FREE events!

For more info about other exciting Burnie Shines events visit



St. Helens History Room                          

61 Cecilia Street,St. Helens, Tas. 7216

Phone: (03) 6376 1479




Women of Portland

The significant contribution of women to the settlement of St. Helens is represented by this exhibition, one that is often overlooked by the tellers of history.  See the fancy work of the Coombe Collection, a study in the frugality of early farm life in an isolated area of the state.  The efforts of civility from early life in the Reid Collection by way of embroidered Bible covers, lace gloves and her best dress.The story of survival in the bush by Iron Annie who was hailed as the ‘bravest Australian woman in 1908.’untitledxx



The Good Life   This exhibition represents all that is enjoyed by the good life!  See our collection of musical instruments, the old Pathe gramophone and associated records from the old home of ‘Fairlea’ here in St Helens.untitleduntitledx

A Child’s Delight

In readiness for the school summer break the new foyer display at the centre highlights the delights from yesteryear that a child would enjoy.  See the model boats, the wooden toys, the wonderful tin of glass marbles found on the Blue Tier dating from 1911.




Friends’ of St. Helens History Room AGM

Richard Mulvaney, Director of the QVMAG and Tasmanian President of MA was Guest Speaker at the Friends’ of St. Helens History Room at the AGM held last month on Monday 25th August 2014.  He spoke on the history of QVMAG which was most informative for members.

Markree and Narryna News

Markree House Museum and Garden needs your help! We are looking for pairs of 1920s machine lace curtains for Markree’s dining and sitting rooms. A pair each for the two windows in each room = 4 curtains of the same design with a length of approx. 175cm. Attached are images of 1920s-30s curtains which show what we are looking for. Also, some simple 1 inch diameter brass curtain rings, of the type usually sewn to the header of a curtain. Email Markree’s manager, Scott Carlin if you or your local collection have any spare for loan, donation or sale. E: Scott.Carlin@tmag.tas.gov.au

NARRYNA HERITAGE MUSEUM ANNUAL REPORT 2013/14 Narryna HM Annual Report Manager 2013-14

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103 Hampden Road, Battery Point, Hobart, 7004

ABN 82 956 054 334


Spring 2014

For Members and Supporters of Narryna Heritage Museum Inc.


At the Narryna Heritage Museum Incorporated Annual General Meeting held on 14 August 2014 at Narryna a new Council was elected:

President: Amanda Roberts

Secretary: Scott Carlin

Treasurer: Warrick Glynn

Community representative:  Sylvia Kleinert

Community representative: Rowanne Brown

TMAG Director (Acting): Jennifer Storer

TMAG representative: Lance Cosgrove

This leaves one Community representative vacant. Under its rules Council is allowed to co-opt members. Do let us know if you are interested in supporting Narryna by serving on Council.

The Manager’s Annual Report for Narryna Heritage Museum Inc. delivered at the AGM is attached.


With the support of Hobart Lord Mayor Damon Thomas and the Navy and Air Force bands from Anglesea Barracks, the Narryna Board will be hosting two prestigious events:

* an exclusive Cocktail Party on Friday 24 October

* a Back to Narryna Garden Fête on Sunday 16 November.

These events will raise funds for refurbishments that will help reposition Narryna as a major tourism asset for Hobart and southern Tasmania.

We are seeking sponsorship for these events. For the Cocktail Party we are seeking sponsorship of food and wine and items to be auctioned. For the Garden Fête we are seeking interest from sponsors who would wish to showcase their Tasmanian products. Please contact Sylvia Kleinert (s_kleinert@bigpond.com) if you are able to offer us sponsorship.

Narryna is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-For-Profit Commission (ACNC) and can so can receive tax-exempt financial donations.

Woodsdale Museum

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On Saturday 20th September I had the pleasure in presenting two life memberships to two very committed and passionate volunteers at The Woodsdale Museum. Elaine and Julie have been volunteering at the museum since the beginning when the history group first acquired the old school and have established the very popular luncheons where bus groups around the state visit the museum and are enjoy good old country meals. Their current project is creating the World War One, World War Two and Vietnam memorial plaque and gardens remembering the local men which will be unveiled on the 9th November.

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Levendale • Woodsdale History Group

Would like to invite you 

To the offical opening of their

 Woodsdale Memorial Wall & Garden

 The Opening will be on the 9th November, 2014

At the Woodsdale Museum

2278 Woodsdale Road

Woodsdale Tas 7120

 It will commence at 11.30 am


After the official ceremony there will be a BBQ for all to enjoy and you can also see the WWI display and visit the museum.   Contact President Yvonne Crawford on y.crawford96@skymesh.com.au

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architecture drawing | drawing architecture

Begins: 1 September 2014
Ends: 6 December 2014
Location: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts
Ground floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart








architecture drawing | drawing  architecture

Curated by Paul  Johnston

This  exhibition highlights architectural plans from the collections of the  Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, complemented with drawings by  Hobart artist Emma McDowell.

Architectural drawings  are part of the complex process of building. In the beginning, they are  visionary art, displaying and promoting an idea, a new shape for the  world. As the project advances, drawings become key working tools,  defining and resolving the multitude of choices and problems that  confront any creative  act.

When the  finished building has become a familiar part of our landscape, the  architect’s drawings enable us to travel within its layers. They  recreate the energy of thought, planning and construction, and wonderful innovation. They regenerate the optimism and excitement of developing  and constructing something new. They can tell us of a place that is no  more, show us what might have been, and take us back to the time when  our past was still in the future.

Familiarity breeds  invisibility. Drawing becomes a tool for reinterpretation, allowing us  to see the streetscape we take for granted with fresh eyes. The artist’s drawing of what is now echoes the architect’s drawing of what is yet to be.

The drawings in this exhibition  represent the twelve architects who have been commemorated in the  Tasmanian Awards program of the Australian Institute of  Architects.
The James Blackburn Award – New Housing
The John Lee  Archer Award – New Buildings other than  Housing
The Henry Hunter Award –  Conservation
The Alan C Walker Award – Public  Architecture
The Esmond Dorney Award – Residential Architecture
The Colin Philp Award –  Commercial Architecture
The Roy  Sharrington Smith Award – Heritage
The Alexander  North Award – Interior Architecture
The  Dirk Bolt Award – Urban Design
The Peter Willmott  Award – Small Project Architecture
The S W T Blythe Award – Student Architecture
The Barry McNeill Graduate Prize in Architecture

Albuera Street School Centenary Open Day

Albuera Street School Centenary Open Day

photo from mark

Wednesday  July 23rd

Albuera Street State School 1914

Program of Events

  • 10.00 am – 2.00 pm: School open to former and current members of the school community to view the students’ historical research on the school’s history as well as displays of historical memorabilia and photos.
  • 2.00 pm: Listen to stories from former students about their time at the school over the decades and witness the official centenary cake cutting at the centenary assembly in the school’s multi-purpose room.
  • 5.30 pm – 7.00 pm: Former students and staff are invited to attend a wine and cheese evening in the school’s multipurpose room and have the opportunity to view the open day displays.

All events are free and do not require an RSVP. For more information please contact the school.

Phone: (03) 6223 2268

Email: Albuera.Street.Primary@education.tas.gov.au