The QVMAG History collection represents both Tasmania's place in Australia and the world, and brings the world to Tasmania.

The collection represents collecting activities from 1842 to present day. It is diverse, and ranges across many collecting areas, from photographs, to personal items, archaeology, comparative cultural collections and large industrial technology. Some iconic items include the Australasian League flag, the first flag to feature the southern cross in its natural formation, our 1923 Alfa Romeo RLS Sport motor car, owned by Launceston businessman, Gordon Fysh. 

Please note the History department is currently closed to enquiries.  This includes, but is not limited to, questions about a research topic, image requests, identification, donations or collection access.  Collection based enquiries will reopen Monday 4 February 2019.  We thank you for your understanding.

Did you know that parts of QVMAG's collections are available to view online?  To access QVMAG's Collection Online please click here.

A list of useful Tasmanian history resources and links to historic Tasmanian newspapers online can be found on the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office website.

QVMAG History Centre 

Discover the past and explore your story at the QVMAG History Centre.  

The History Centre is home to the QVMAG Archive

Please note the History Centre, located on the second floor of the Museum at Inveresk, will have reduced opening hours in December and January and will be by appointment only.  Please call 63233777 to make an appointment.

The Archive documents the administrative, collection, exhibition, education and research history of the institution.  It also contains organisational, personal and business records of people and organisations within northern Tasmania.  Known as the Community History Series (CHS), these records feature minute books, financial records, correspondence, scrap books, photographs and ephemera.

The History Centre also offers the opportunity to investigate and research our photographic collection and oral history recordings.

Access to original material in the Archive is subject to standard archival procedures and requires at least 48 hours' notice to enable our staff to retrieve material.