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

The Collection is diverse, and ranges across many collecting areas, from archives and photographs, to personal items, archaeology, comparative cultural collections and large industrial technology such as trains, aircraft or printing presses. The collection represents collecting activities from 1842 to present day.

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 contact us for more information. 

History Collections at QVMAG

General History 
Community History Series (CHS)*
Oral History 
Tasmanian Aboriginal collections
Large Technology
Comparative Cultural 
The Beattie Collection
Arms and Militaria
Manuscript and ephemera
QVMAG records

*search via our Collections Online database 

QVMAG History Centre 

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

The Centre offers the opportunity to investigate and research 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 news cutting 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. 

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.

If you have an item you believe may be of interest to QVMAG's collections, please contact us. Please note QVMAG cannot always take items immediately and any potential donations require rigorous assessment.  

Located on the second floor of the Museum at Inveresk, the History Centre is open 10am-1pm, Tuesday-Friday and on Saturdays by appointment. A staff member is on duty at the reference counter to assist visitors. 

Please call 03 6323 3726 to make an appointment or email enquiries@qvmag.tas.gov.au for more information.