Saturday, 27 February 2016

Selections from HERITAGE-NEWS: February 2016

EVENT: Longford Academy

9-13 May 2016 | Brickendon and Woolmers Estates
The Longford Academy is a collaborative learning program led by experienced APT specialist practitioner educators. This year, the central theme will be:
Investigation and repair of significant building fabric

Registrations have been flowing in, and places are limited.  Download the registration form and follow the instructions on the form to confirm your participation in LA5Participants are engaged in site activities aimed at developing and sharing specialist heritage conservation knowledge and skills whilst contributing to safeguarding the outstanding universal values of the two sites. These activities may include information sessions, discussions, inspections, investigations, recording, conservation works and group learning activities. For further information email  

EVENT: Launceston Historical Society Talk

18 March 2016 | 8:00pm | Sir Raymond Ferrall Centre, University of Tasmania, Newnham
The Launceston Historical Society has secured Michelle Grattan AO to present its 28th John West Memorial Lecture. Michelle Grattan is one of Australia’s most respected and awarded political journalists. She has been a member of the Canberra parliamentary press gallery for more than 40 years, during which time she has covered all the most significant stories in Australian politics. Michelle’s presentation is titled: The Power of Small Voice – The Struggle for the Senate’s Centre. All welcome, entry free. For more information email

EVENT: Oral History Workshop

28 May 2016 | 9:30am – 4:00pm | Meeting Room, Queen Victoria Museum, Inveresk
Presented by Jill Cassidy, this workshop will cover interview technique, pitfalls, ethics, equipment and transcribing. The cost is $50 ($30 students) and includes lunch. Prior registration is essential. To register email or 
ring 0418 178 098.

Read more about Jill here


Thursday, 18 February 2016

St Helens History Room Book Launch

Book Launch

St Helens History Room warmly invites you, family and friends
To help celebrate Garry Richardson’s
latest publication

Lottah and the anchor
-the history of a tin mine and a dependent town

When:  Sunday 28th February 2016
Time:  3 pm
Where:  St Helens History Room
61 Cecilia Street
St Helens  TAS  7216

The Hon. Tania Rattray MLC officiating

Refreshments will be served

RSVP:  23rd February 2016

St Helens History Room
61 Cecilia Street
Tel:  (03) 6376 1479 / 0419 731 452

About the author

Garry Richardson was born in the Huon Valley in 1950 and has lived in various parts of Tasmania ever since. In 1980 he settled in St Helens, which he calls “the best place in the world”.  After retiring in 2005 (with 39 years at the Forestry Commission behind him) Garry pursued his passion for photography and carried out volunteer work at the St Helens information centre and history room. Garry has extended his historical interest to write several  books and has developed a reputation for using his meticulous research skills to produce publications rich in historic detail with wonderful historic images egSail and Steam: Trading Vessels to Georges Bay 1833-1958’.

This latest book Lottah and the Anchor is an insightful history and a tribute to the men and women who rapidly grew these North Eastern Tasmanian tent towns into thriving 'tin' communities.

About St Helen’s History Room

At the St. Helens History Room, there are over 1000 artefacts on display. These are presented over various historical themes including: maritime, aboriginal, European exploration, settlement and tin mining incorporating 'The Chinese Experience.'
The St. Helens History Room presents the various stages of settlement of St. Helens.  This township is located on the northern section of the East Coast of Tasmania.  In addition to the thematic displays, there is an extensive photographic collection with approximately 20,000 images.  Our collections are very accessible as the museum is open 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm.  We are situated at the St. Helens History and Visitor Information Centre, behind the St. Helens Library building, at 61 Cecilia Street, St. Helens, opposite the Post Office.  Look for the Tin Dragon outside the Service Tasmania shop front, he will point you in the right direction!  Entry to the museum will only cost you $8 for a family, $5 per adult or $3 concession.  You will experience the history of St. Helens in a vital and vibrant way.  Learn first hand about this interesting area before you set off to explore the beautiful beaches or the marvellous mountainous hinterland.
61 Cecilia Street, St Helens, East Coast, TAS, Australia
Opening Hours
9 am - 5 pm 7 days a week
Tel:  (03) 6376 1479 / 0419 731 452

Mrs. Kym Matthews Curator Tuesdays/Wednesdays

Monday, 15 February 2016

MAT Calendar of Professional Development & Events 2016

One of the benefits of membership is the Professional Development and networking opportunities. Make a diary note of the calendar of events for this year and watch our facebook page and blog. MAT will broadcast more details and updates as they come to hand. 

MAT Committee Meeting (open)
Site Visit: Devonport Regional Gallery

Q&A Panel session: Bursaries or Bust … can the money be better spent?
Devonport Regional Gallery
Deferred to a later date
Site Visit:  Narryna Heritage Museum
& Markree House

Tour: Scott Carlin, Manager – House Museums, TMAG

MAT Committee Meeting:  3-4.30pm

Site Visit & Tour: 4.30-6pm
Narryna Heritage Museum
Markree House
Hampton Rd
21st - 22nd April
Disaster Planning Workshop

Presenter: Kim Morris, Art & Archival (ACT)

Day 1 - 9.30am registration, 9.45am – 4.45pm
Day 2 - 9.30am  – 4.30pm

A joint initiative for Arts Tasmania and Museums Australia Tasmania
Queen Victoria Museum

2 Invermay Road, Inveresk
Museums Australasia Joint Conference 2016
New Zealand

Professional Learning Workshop
Social Media Marketing

Time: 9.30am Registration; 10am to 4pm (1 hour for lunch) Cost: Non-Members $40; MAT Members: $20

A joint initiative for Arts Tasmania and Museums Australia Tasmania
MAC - Moonah Arts Centre 23-27 Albert Road Moonah TAS 7009
10 Objects - 10 Stories: Celebrating Community Collections exhibition (10th Anniversary of the Roving Curator Program)

MAT Committee Meeting:  3-4.30pm
Site Visit & Tour: 4.30-6pm

Arts Tasmania
146 ArtSpace

146 Elizabeth Street

*date tbc
Professional Learning Workshop
Design and Presentation: Exhibitions

Time: 9.30am Registration, 10am to 4pm (1 hour for lunch)

Cost: Non-Members $40; MAT Members: $20

A joint initiative for Arts Tasmania and Museums Australia Tasmania 
Queen Victoria Art Gallery
2 Wellington Street

Site Visit

MAT Committee Meeting:  3-4.30pm
Site Visit & Tour: 4.30-6pm

1 October

Professional Learning Workshop
Significance Assessment Workshop

Time: 9.30am Registration, 10am to 4pm (1 hour for lunch)
Enquiries: Melissa Smith 0417385407

A joint initiative for Arts Tasmania and Museums Australia Tasmania funded by National Library Of Australia Community Heritage Grant
Site visit
MAT Committee Meeting & Annual General Meeting:  3-4.30pm
Site Visit & Tour: 4.30-6pm
Hobart  (tbc)
16th November
Christmas Event: Tasmanian Wool Centre
Tour: Debra Cadogan-Cooper, Manager

MAT Committee Meeting:  3-4.30pm
Site Visit & Tour: 4.30-6pm

Tasmanian Wool Centre 48 Church Street

The drawing is of some non-human characters from 'Utopia', the land of lost things: 'Iron Lung' and 'Incubator', also known as 'Proud Parents'. Pencil, A3 by Shaun Tan from his website.

Thursday, 11 February 2016


Monthly open mike night at the Launceston Tramway Museum
SUNDAY 28TH FEBRUARY 2016 from 2PM to 4PM
Musicians, Poets, Songwriters,  
Actors, Comics, Dancers, Jugglers…….  

All Welcome!   
Performers Free Entry 
Audience Gold Coin Donation Please

For Information Contact Pamela 0422 436 996

About The Tramway Museum

The Tramway Museum is located in the Inveresk Precinct next  to Blue CafĂ©. The museum is a community-based organisation that works to restore and revive the old trams that once roamed Launceston Tasmania. With over 50 volunteers actively working to recapture our exciting history, there are many opportunities to journey through  Tasmania’s tramway past; including fascinating tales of when trams were no longer trams, Launceston’s oldest surviving movie 
footage, an interactive children’s tram and a sneak peek at the  ongoing projects in the original workshop of Launceston  Municipal Tramways. The museum is tram-packed with adventure, complete with a 1940’s tram ride and conductors ready to stub your tickets.

Monday - Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Tram available for group bookings: Monday - Tuesday
Tram operating throughout the day: Wednesday - Sunday
Gift Shop available in-store
Closed Public Holidays

Adults: $5
Senior Card: $4.50
Children: $2
Under 6yo: FREE

Phone: (03) 6334 8334
Address: 2 Invermay Rd, Invermay TAS 7248

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Free good stuff exMONA

Offer includes one free month--not necessarily this one
Andrew Hawley, Collection and Exhibition Preparator, MONA, has kindly offered free some showcases and museum transport crates to MAT members.

All available as is, pick up at your cost from Moonah, TAS. Call Andrew on 0431110386 or email


1. 2 x showcase with open/missing front, glass
DIMS: 1050 H x 1200 W x 700 D. Internal display area = 650.
Has wheels, threaded inserted feet for levelling.. 

2. 1 x case, glass (removeable lid)
DIMS: 1280 H x 600 x 600. Internal display area = 395.
Lockable, no key, barrels replaceable. Has hidden electrical components within main body (for lighting, etc presumably). Blue fabric insert

3. 2 x glass case, as above but 1200 H. 1 free moth.

4. 1 x glass case, as above but 1280 H x 395W x 395D.

5. 1 x glass case, full glass, lockable, no key
DIMS: 2080 x 1000 x 900.

CRATES: Side loading:  860 x 1330 860 (H x L x D)
                                    850 x 1420 x 780
                                    880 x 1640 x 940
                                    1150 x 2430 x 250

End Loading: 1440 x 1630 x 600 (H x D/L x W)
                     1350 x 1640 x 600
                     1150 x 2430 x 250

Top loading:  230 x 1470 x 1120 (H x W x D)

Museums Australia, Tasmania wishes to thank Andrew and MONA for thinking to pass these items on and we urge any members to contact Andrew if you are interested as soon as possible.