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Meet the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office Q&A team

Got questions on Tasmania’s convicts, archives, old newspapers, maps and history? Ask your questions of the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office in our Expert Q&A this Thursday, 11th April at 8:30pm AEST.

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When is the Q&A? :: NSW-ACT-VIC-TAS: 8:30-9:30pm AEST | QLD: 8:30-9:30pm | WA: 6:30-7:30pm | NT: 8:00-9:00pm | SA: 8:00-9:00pm | Weekly on Thursdays nights!

Four experts – Robyn Eastley, Caitlin Sutton, Ian Morrison and Ross Latham –  are answering your questions on the Inside History Magazine Facebook page with your questions on April 11.

Meet the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office [TAHO] experts

The Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office includes the Archives Office of Tasmania and the Heritage Collections of the State Library of Tasmania. Historical, archival and contemporary Tasmanian information, images and more for anyone interested in Tasmania’s history.

Ms Robyn Eastley, Manager Collections
Robyn has a wealth of knowledge about Tasmania’s State Archives collection with many years of senior level experience in developing the collection and leading the delivery of reference services. TAHO’s collection of government records includes much valuable information relating to many popular topics including convicts, orphans, education, births deaths and marriages, public works, wills and probate and census records.

Ms Caitlin Sutton, Allport Librarian
As well as possessing a strong overall knowledge of TAHO collection Caitlin is responsible for the Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts which was bequeathed to the people of Tasmania in 1965 by Henry Allport. It is intended as a permanent memorial to his family, who had settled in Van Diemen’s Land in 1831. Convict artists and the work of many colonial landscape artists are a feature along with an extensive collection of books, photographs, prints and manuscripts. As well as permanent displays featuring the decorative arts collections, the Allport Gallery has a program of temporary exhibitions.

Mr Ian Morrison, Senior Librarian, Collections
Ian is our Senior Librarian responsible for our extensive collection of private records and heritage collections. This includes responsibility for our Tasmanian publications and those relating to Tasmania’s history. A key collection under Ian’s care is the WL Crowther collection of books, manuscripts, photographs, works of art and objects including an outstanding collection of whaling logbooks, scrimshaw and many rare books such a first edition of Henry Savery’s The hermit in Van Diemen’s Land

Mr Ross Latham, State Archivist, Manager of the Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office
Ross is responsible for ensuring that the development, management, preservation and accessibility of the TAHO collection are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Tasmanian Archives Act 1983. This includes the development of policy and advice to government agencies on recordkeeping to ensure appropriate records are created and kept. He has a strong knowledge of the records of the Tasmanian Government Railways and by virtue of previous experience a sound knowledge of the holdings of government archives across Australia.


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