Tasmanian Registration Districts 1838--1945 - Origin and Development Chart

Transcribed by Douglas Burbury, 25 March 2001

This is a list of the names of the various registration districts for births, deaths and marriages which have been in existence in Van Diemen's Land/Tasmania during the period 1838 to 1945. It describes how the districts were divided up and combined to form new districts, and also includes notes on name changes.

This list was originally drawn up as a horizontal chart, presumably by someone at the Archives Office of Tasmania, and original copies of this chart are avaialable from the Archives.

The copy of the chart which I used to compile this particular list was kindly provided by Ray Hayes of Hobart.

1838 Five districts of Launceston, Avoca, Oatlands, Brighton, Hamilton, Waterloo Point, Hobart in existence at this time
1841 Launceston divided into Launceston and Horton
1843 Hamilton divided into Bothwell and Hamilton
1843 Hobart divided into Hobart and Tasman
1843 Oatlands divided into Campbell Town and Oatlands
1843 Waterloo Point divided into Spring Bay and Great Swanport
1844 Launceston divided into Port Sorell and Launceston
1846 Hobart divided into Hobart, Clarence and Richmond
1846 Launceston divided into Launceston and Longford
1848 Avoca changed to Fingal
1848 Hamilton divided into New Norfolk and Hamilton
1848 Longford divided into Westbury, Morven and Longford
1848 Spring Bay and Great Swanport combined into Spring Bay
1856 Hobart divided into Franklin, (Victoria) Huon, Port Cygnet, Gordon, Kingston, Hobart and Ralphs Bay
1856 Spring Bay divided into Sorell, Spring Bay and Glamorgan
1858 Horton divided into Emu Bay and Horton
1858 Launceston divided into Launceston and George Town
1858 Westbury divided into Westbury and Deloraine
1859 Franklin divided into Port Esperence and Franklin
1866 Brighton divided into Brighton and Green Ponds
1867 George Town divided into Ringarooma and George Town
1875 Port Sorell divided into Ulverstone and Port Sorell
1879 Fingal divided into Fingal and Portland
1881 Launceston divided into Launceston and Beaconsfield
1881 Port Sorell divided into Port Sorell and Sheffield
1888 Emu Bay divided into Emu Bay and Waratah
1888 Franklin divided into Geeveston and Franklin
1888 George Town divided into George Town and Lefroy
1888 Hamilton divided into Hamilton and Strahan
1888 Morven changed to Evandale
1888 Port Sorell divided into Port Sorell and Mersey
1888 Westbury divided into Westbury and Frankford
1889 Mersey divided into Mersey and Port Frederick
1889 Port Esperence divied into Port Esperence and Southport
1890 Horton divided into Stanley and Montagu
1894 Launceston divided into Launceston and Lilydale
1894 Strahan divided into Strahan and Zeehan
1896 Campbell Town divided into Campbell Town and Ross
1897 Emu Bay divided into Emu Bay and Wynyard
1897 Strahan divided into Strahan and Lyell
1906 Montagu divided into Montagu and King Island
1911 George Town and Lefroy combined into George Town
1911 Kingston divided into Kingston and Bruni, and Gordon combined with remainder of Kingston to form Kingston
1911 Port Esperence changed to Dover
1911 Port Frederick changed to Devonport
1911 Port Sorell and Mersey combined into Latrobe
1911 Ralphs Bay and Clarence combined to form Clarence
1911 Ringarooma divided into Scottsdale, Ringarooma and Flinders
1911 Sheffield changed to Kentish
1911 Stanley divided into Stanley and Smithton
1911 Ulverstone divided into Ulverstone and Penguin
1911 Westbury and Frankford combined into Westbury
1913 Deloraine divided into Deloraine and Mole Creek
1913 Lyell divided into Queenstown and Gormanston
1913 Wynyard changed to Table Cape
1913-33 Zeehan divided into Zeehan and Rosebery
1933 Queenstown and Gormanston combined into Queenstown
1934 Deloraine and Mole Creek combined into Deloraine
1937 Emu Bay changed to Burnie

Douglas Burbury 2001. All rights reserved

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