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. 

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

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. Please see our opening hours for information on access procedures.