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Our Lectures & Excursions

Throughout the year, THRA conducts excursions to places of historical interest. We also hold eleven talks each year, open to members and the general public.

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'Pariahs of the Orphan School': the effects of stigma

Presented by: Lucy Frost

Emeritus Professor Lucy Frost will speak about the consequences for children who passed through Hobart's Orphan Schools at New Town.

A Tasmanian Life

Presented by: Clare McShane

Clare McShane will speak about her life in Tasmania.

Eldershaw Memorial Lecture: Naming Country again - place names, mapping and Aboriginal cultural renewal

Presented by: Grace Karskens

Grace Karskens will explore the importance and politics of place names in Australia and collaborative approaches for Aboriginal cultural renewal.

‘Making libraries free for all’: the case of Launceston 1929-1945

Presented by: Stefan Petrow

Stefan Petrow will speak about the development of the Launceston Public Library in the 1930s and 1940s.

Mapping Hobart’s development

Presented by: Richard Tuffin

Richard Tuffin will show how combining historical maps with modern digital technology can reveal new insights into Hobart's development.

Keeping Identity: the loss of Tasmania's identity after Federation

Presented by: Anita Hansen

Anita Hansen will discuss what the Royal Society of Tasmania's art collection can tell us about Tasmanian identity

Repatriation of Aboriginal cultural material

Presented by: Zoe Rimmer

Zoe Rimmer will talk about her work and research into the repatriation of Tasmanian Aboriginal cultural material.

Archaeology of the Picton Road Station

Presented by: Brad Williams

Brad Williams will outline the archaeology of the Picton Convict Road Station and what it can tell us about the convict system in Van Diemen's Land.

Hobart’s Antarctic connections

Presented by: Michael Stoddart

Former Director of the Australian Antarctic Division Michael Stoddart will talk about Hobart's historical Antarctic connections.

Members NIght

Presented by: Various

For our last meeting of 2024 we are re-instituting a members night in which members can provide short presentations about their research into Tasmanian history.