Association was established in 1951 to further interest in Tasmanian
history and to assist people working in the field. Its activities include:
The Association holds ten or
twelve lectures a year, usually, but not
always, on Tasmanian topics. Members can hear the results of research
and also present papers on their own work. The lectures are held on the
second Tuesday of each month from February to December in the Royal
Society Room at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, commencing at
8.00 pm. Lectures are now available on the Association’s Soundcloud
account, enabling members who cannot attend meetings to hear the
Since 1967 the Association has hosted
Eldershaw Memorial Lecture at which a distinguished Australian
historian speaks. Peter Eldershaw (1927-1967) was a founding member of
the Association and was editor of its Papers and Proceedings until his
death. He was made an honorary life member in 1958. An outstanding
archivist, he played a leading role in framing the Tasmanian Archives
Act 1965. This Act was a milestone in Australian archival legislation.
From time to time the Association conducts excursions to places of
historical interest. Usually there are several such events each year: a
major weekend excursion and one or more day or part-day trips.
The Association publishes its journal, Papers and Proceedings, three
times a year. The Papers and Proceedings includes some of
the lectures and other papers submitted by members and
non-members. A wide variety of subjects are covered in the journal with
an average of three papers per issue.
The Association also publishes books,
Tasmanian topics, giving Tasmanian historians an opportunity to have
their work published. Twenty-one titles have been issued since the
Association was formed.
Events and information of Tasmanian historical interest are regularly posted on the Association’s Facebook page.
Subscription rates are $55.00 a year for individual members, ($35 for
students) and $65 for households.
These rates include 10 per cent GST.
The Tasmanian Historical Research Association