The Tasmanian Historical Research Association Inc. (THRA) was founded in 1951 to promote research into and publication of Tasmanian history, and to assist people working in this field. It is a non-profit incorporated Association managed by a committee of volunteers.
THRA's three purposes are to:
- to enlighten;
- to discover; and,
- to publish.
Members can be the first to hear presentations of new historical knowledge. The Association holds eleven talks each year, open to members and the general public. Talks (except the Eldershaw Lecture) are held on the second Tuesday of every month from February to December, in the Hobart Legacy Function Rooms, 159 Macquarie Street, commencing at 8.00 pm Recordings of the talks are then made available on our podcast.
Since 1967 the Association has hosted the Eldershaw Memorial Lecture at which a distinguished Australian historian speaks. It is open to the public and, indeed, members are encouraged to invite guests. Details of the venue will be advertised prior to the event. After the talk a celebratory supper is provided.
The Association conducts about four excursions a year to places of historical interest. As well as several day or part-day trips, there is sometimes a weekend excursion.
Excursions frequently visit places not open to the public. Expert guides provide information, and excursionists often enrich their journey by sharing their knowledge.