GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR TASMANIAN GENEALOGY

by Malcolm Ward

© Malcolm Ward 2005-2011. All rights reserved


 12.  COLONIAL GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE CORRESPONDENCE

 

12.1  

GOVERNOR & COLONIAL SECRETARY, AOT; WAYN INDEX, SLT

Correspondence of the Tasmanian Governor's and Colonial Secretary's Office are held at the AOT and are partially indexed within the General card index in the search room. See http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides/genealogy

An (incomplete) index to Colonial Tasmanian Government records and colonial newspapers was compiled by Amelia Wayn during the 1920s-40s and was added to later. The 'Wayn Index', on cards, has been scanned and itself indexed and can be found on-line here: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=S&id=AE807.


 

12.2  

ROYAL SOCIETY OF TASMANIA AND UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA SPECIAL COLLECTIONS

The University of Tasmania houses the Royal Society of Tasmania archive collection and other colonial papers: http://www.library.utas.edu.au/finding-information/special-collections/royal-society-of-tasmania-library-collection.
At that page can be found links to down-loadable indexes and lists of names and subjects in the Royal Society collection.

The University of Tasmania Special Collections also houses collections/correspondence relating to Quakers, Andrew Inglis Clark, George TWB Boyes, George Washington Walker, Sir John and Lady Franklin, William Archer and many other private collections: http://www.library.utas.edu.au/finding-information/special-collections.


 

12.3  

NSW (included Tasmania until 1825)

For an on-line name index of mentions in the NSW Colonial Secretary's Papers see: http://colsec.records.nsw.gov.au/indexes/colsec/default.htm.


 

12.4  

HISTORICAL RECORDS OF AUSTRALIA

"Historical Records of Australia" (HRA) is a multi volume transcription of correspondence between many early colonial figures, particularly Governors, Colonial Secretaries and other notables. They have been indexed and contain many names of 'ordinary' folk. HRA Series III volumes VII and VIII deal with Tasmania in particular but most Series III volumes have some Tasmanian material. HRA should be on the shelves of major libraries and archive offices (including AOT).


 

12.5  

NLA MANUSCRIPT 3251 - VAN DIEMEN'S LAND 1821-1862

Manuscript 3251 of the National Library of Australia comprises nine volumes of Van Diemen's Land official documents, predominately Depositions and Police Magistrate reports from 1820-1850s Launceston and surrounding Norfolk Plains district, Northern VDL (Tasmania). It has been transcribed by Julie Gough and others and is available and searchable on-line at http://manuscript3251.wordpress.com/about/.

From the web-site:

The diverse array of texts in MS 3251 offer often harrowing encounters over a two-generation time span between men, women, children of the region. Aborigines, convicts, the landed, the servants, magistrates, constables, bushrangers, sealers/seamen, visitors - all are implicated in our entangled past.



© Malcolm Ward 2005-2011. All rights reserved
Submitted by Malcolm Ward 28-Jul-2005
Updated 30-Nov-2011