GUIDE TO RESOURCES FOR TASMANIAN GENEALOGY
by Malcolm Ward
© Malcolm Ward 2005-201. All rights reserved
7. ORPHANAGES, HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS, PUBLIC SERVICE & HOTELS/BREWERIES
ORPHANAGES, HOSPITALS AND CHILDREN IN CARE
Indexes of some orphanages, hospitals and related types of institutions have been published by J. Purtscher and others via the TFHS. See under publications at http://www.hobart.tasfhs.org/sales.htm#Children in Care and also http://www.hobart.tasfhs.org/sales.htm#Health Records.
St John's at New Town, Hobart was the site of a number of related institutions in the 19th and early 20th Century, variously the Queens
Orphan Asylum, Orphan School and New Town Charitable Institution. Friends of the Orphan Schools St John's Park Precinct have established a
website covering a number of aspects of the site, including lists of orphans and other inmates:
Discussion on major hospital records held by the AOT is here: http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides/list/bg021.
The Launceston General Hospital's Nurse's Register of Training and Employment has been digitised and can be accessed here: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=S&id=AB612.
The Royal Derwent Hospital's alphabetical register of patients and attendants 1841-42 has been digitised and can be accessed here: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?detail=1&type=S&id=HSD104.
The AOT also holds admission records for various other hospitals and these can have information such as age, place of birth, place of residence etc. Search at: http://search.archives.tas.gov.au/default.aspx?search=1 with words such as <<Zeehan hospital>>. Records for schools and other institutions can be searched for in the same way.
An article on 19th Century lunatic asylums (opens a PDF): http://ashadocs.org/aha/19/19_04_Piddock.pdf.
AOT ON SCHOOLS
Teacher and other staff records held by the AOT are summarised here:
The AOT also hold many different records for schools. A list of their Education Department holdings is at:
PUBLIC SERVICE RECORDS
Standard forms relating to Permanent Officers of the Tasmanian Public Service 1905 - 1947 give full name, age, date and place of birth,
date of first appointment, office to which first appointed, previous employment, present position and salary and record of services.
The records have been scanned by the Archive Office of Tasmania and can be viewed here:
HOTELS & BREWERIES
The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, State Library, Hobart maintains a 'Hotels Index' on cards in their Family History section.
A good source for finding out who ran a pub is the AOT records relating to the issuing and maintenance of hotel licences - registers of applications to sell liquor, certificates of transfer of licensed premises, minutes of the local Licensing Court/bench etc. These are mostly (but not totally) on a local district basis - see: http://www.archives.tas.gov.au/guides/list/bg011.
The Mercury newspaper ran a series in 2005 illustrating a number of old Hobart pubs. See: http://catalogue.statelibrary.tas.gov.au/item/?q=cheers&i=8&id=778016. This was based in work by Colin Dennison, who in 2008 published a book: Here's cheers: a pictorial history of hotels, taverns & inns in Hobart. Another book on the subject is Pubs in Hobart: from 1807 by David Bryce.