National Archives of Australia, Tasmania State Office, Hobart

Identity area



Authorized form of name

National Archives of Australia, Tasmania State Office, Hobart

Parallel form(s) of name

Other form(s) of name


  • National

Contact area



Street address

91 Murray Street, Hobart
Postal address: GPO Box 309, Hobart Tas 7001





Country name

Postal code



03 6165 5607




Description area

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Archives Act 1983 (Cth)

Administrative structure

Records management and collecting policies



The Hobart office holds records similar to other offices – immigration case files, alien registration documentation, inwards and outwards passenger lists, lighthouse logbooks, army pay records, and large-format architectural drawings of Commonwealth buildings in Tasmania. There are collections special to Tasmania, notably records created by the Australian Antarctic Division and the Bureau of Meteorology.

Antarctic records of particular interest include:

  • photographs
  • hydrographic charts and maps
  • the personal collection of Captain John King Davis, Second-in-Command of Douglas Mawson's 1911-1914 expedition
  • Antarctic voyage and station reports and log books; and records about husky dogs employed on Antarctic expeditions.

The meteorological records include a series of tidal readings and meteorological data recorded between 1837-1877 at Port Arthur by Thomas Lampiere, the Deputy Assistant Commissary General at the Port Arthur penal settlement.

Finding aids, guides and publications

The National Archives’ collection database, RecordSearch, gives online access to the National Archives’ holdings Australia-wide.
For access to RecordSearch, see the link from

The following guide provides information about records held by the National Archives about Tasmania. Many of these records are held in the Tasmania State Office, but others are held in National Office or other National Archives State Offices:
Commonwealth Government Records about Tasmania, by Michael Piggott 2014, 230pp. (see:

For a list of research guides to the National Archives’ collection, see:

Access area

Opening times

The National Archives research centre within the History Room at the State Library of Tasmania is open Wednesday to Friday 9.30am–4.30pm.
Closed on public holidays.
Note: For up-to-date information on opening times, see

Access conditions and requirements


Maps and information about parking, public transport and onsite wheelchair access to the research centre are available at

Services area

Research services

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.

See National Archives of Australia, National Office for information about National Archives research services.

For more information about the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage collection, see

Reproduction services

Information about ordering copies of records and associated fees is available at

Public areas

Control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 31 January 2022




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Clipboard

Primary contact

91 Murray Street, Hobart Postal address: GPO Box 309, Hobart Tas 7001
Hobart, Tasmania 7000