Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, History Collection, Launceston, Tasmania

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Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, History Collection, Launceston, Tasmania

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Street address

Museum: 2 Invermay Road, Launceston





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Postal code



03 6323 3726




Description area


The Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery History collection represents both Tasmania's place in Australia and the world, and brings the world to Tasmania.

The Collection is diverse, and ranges across many collecting areas, from archives and photographs, to personal items, archaeology, comparative cultural collections and large industrial technology such as trains, aircraft or printing presses. The collection represents collecting activities from 1842 to present day.

Geographical and cultural context

Mandates/Sources of authority

Administrative structure

Officer in charge: Curator, History Collection

Records management and collecting policies

Tasmanian history with particular reference to Northern Tasmania.



History Collections include:

  • General History
  • Photographs
  • Community History Series (CHS)
  • Oral History
  • Tasmanian Aboriginal collections
  • Large Technology
  • Comparative Cultural
  • The Beattie Collection
  • Arms and Militaria
  • Numismatics
  • Manuscript and ephemera
  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery records
    Specific holdings include, for example:
  • Launceston City Council: Correspondence and Cuttings (includes former Lilydale Council and St Leonards Council), 1850s-1980s (334m)
  • Uniting Church Collection: Baptism and Marriage Registers, 1833-1985 (4.5m)
  • Weston Papers: Correspondence, 1830-1880 (3.5m)
  • King, H J: Photographs, 1921 (3m)
  • Cowie: Postcards, 1900-1915 (3m)
  • Masters, A H: Photographs, 1890-1930 (4m).
  • Scott Papers: Correspondence, 1847-9, 1853-4 (2m).
  • Wherett: Photographs, 1940s (2m)
  • Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery: Correspondence and records, 1891-1985 (60m)
  • Mead, Isabella: Correspondence, historical files, photos, 1835-1990 (7m)
  • King, H J: Photographs, especially 1920s aerial views of Tasmania (3m)
  • Donnelly, Jack: Sport notebooks, scrapbooks, photos, 1880s-1990s (20m)
  • Craig, Clifford: Doctor, furniture historian - publication drafts, photos, 1830s-1986 (11m)
  • Tasdance: performing arts - correspondence, photos, videos, cassettes, 1981-1996 (34m).

Finding aids, guides and publications

Bartlett, Anne, 'Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Archive Collection' Local and Family History Sources in Tasmania, Genealogical Society of Tasmania, 1991: 81-83.

Access area

Opening times

The History Centre is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-12pm, 2-4pm by appointment.
The Centre is located on the second floor of the Museum at Inveresk.

Access conditions and requirements

Copies of collection guides, some photographs, and news cutting files are available without appointment. Appointments however are essential if visitors wish to access original items. Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to a planned visit.

Access to all material is subject to standard archival restrictions. Donated material which has not been catalogued is not generally available.


Services area

Research services

General reference assistance is available.

Reproduction services

Copies of most items can be purchased. Appropriate forms listing fees and conditions can be provided upon request.

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Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Revised 1 November 2021




Maintenance notes

Access points

Access Points

  • Local Studies (Thematic area)
  • Religion (Thematic area)
  • Social Organisations and Activities (Thematic area)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Thematic area)
  • Arts and Culture (Thematic area)
  • Defence (Thematic area)
  • Genealogical (Thematic area)
  • Clipboard

Primary contact

Museum: 2 Invermay Road, Launceston
Launceston, Tasmania 7250