Our Two Destinations

Art Gallery at Royal Park
2 Wellington Street LAUNCESTON TAS 7250 (Closest public parking is at Paterson Street West Car Park)

Museum at Inveresk
2 Invermay Road LAUNCESTON TAS 7248

QVMAG is open 10am to 4pm daily (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day).
Admission free.

T 03 6323 3777
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The QVMAG History collection represents both Tasmania's place in Australia and the world, and brings the world to Tasmania.

History Centre  
The QVMAG History Centre is open Tuesday to Friday (Saturdays by appointment) 10am to 1pm. A staff member is on duty at the reference counter to assist visitors.

The collections accessed by visiting the centre consist of photographs, oral history recordings, a large set of personal, organisational and business records known as the Community History Series (CHS), and some individual manuscript items. The types of records featured in the CHS collections include minute books, financial records, scrapbooks, correspondence, photographs and ephemera.

Copies of collection guides, some photographs, and newscutting files are available (without appointment). Appointments however are essential if visitors wish to access original items. Please contact us at least 24 hours prior to a planned visit on 03 6323 3726.

Copies of most items can be purchased. Appropriate forms listing fees and conditions can be provided upon request. Access to all material held by the QVMAG is subject to standard archival restrictions. Donated material which has not been catalogued is not generally available.

Textile Industries Collection: Machinery
As well as textile machinery, all sourced from Launceston’s mills, the Museum also holds a collection of photographs, company papers, oral histories, textile samples, and small objects. Only the large machinery items are listed here (please note: large file size).

Photograph Collection
The QVMAG Photograph collection ranges from cased images and glass plate negatives to postcards and colour slides and includes streetscapes, portraiture, landscapes and industrial history. These are available for searching via our History Online database. Images will continue to be added progressively.

Community History Series
The series includes personal, community organisations and business records. More than 100 collection guides are available.

Click here to download Series Summary Guide or search through our History Online database.

Small Manuscript Series
Click here to download the Small Manuscript Series.

Oral History Collection
Information about this collection is available via a printed guide giving interviewee's name, subject of interview and date recording was made. Many of the 850 interviews have an associated synopsis or transcript. Visitors may also arrange to listen to the interviews. Please contact 03 6323 3726 for more information.

Local Government
These records held by the QVMAG start from the introduction of municipal government in Launceston in 1853 and relate principally to the city and surrounding areas later amalgamated into the Launceston City Council including Lilydale and St Leonards. Collection guides available in the reading room provide further detail.

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery
Administrative records of the QVMAG, since it opened in 1891, have been held. A number of collection guides are available in the reading room.

Newspaper Cutting Files 
Newspaper cuttings which relate to a wide variety of subjects are filed alphabetically. Access to this collection is available via a printed guide. Please contact 03 6323 3726 for more information.

A series of focus guides relating to specific aspects of Launceston and Tasmanian history. The following guides provide information and images of material held in the QVMAG collections.

Tasmanian Convict Costume
QVMAG houses a unique and highly significant collection of Tasmanian convict costume. It consists primarily of clothing, headwear, footwear and eyewear. The majority of the convict costume collection can be attributed to the photographer and collector, JW Beattie. His museum, including convict-related material, was purchased by the QVMAG in 1927. JW Beattie is featured in the QVMAG Tasmanian Connections Inveresk exhibition. Download the guide

Trade Union Banners
The QVMAG owns two trade union banners, both from the late 19th century and each reflects its time and place. Download the guide

The QVMAG houses one of the most comprehensive and diverse collections of 19th century scrimshaw in Australia. Scrimshaw is sometimes called the ancient art of the mariner. It is the craft of carving decoration onto the teeth and bones of marine life, but most commonly whales. It is also an art that reflects a period when the ocean was seen as an endless resource for exploitation.Download the guide  

History Online
View our History Online database for photographs and architecture records. 

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