Public Talks

The museum hosts a regular series of FREE public lunchtime talks. The talks are held on the FIRST Tuesday of each month EXCEPT January from 12.00 noon until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Our next talk on Tuesday 7 February at 12 noon is entitled Whaling in Early Hobart Town and Scrimshaw - the Art of the Mariner and will be presented by Colin Thomas.

Colin Thomas has a passion for history and craftsmanship. While this passion has many outlets, it is perhaps for his collection of colonial scrimshaw that he is best known. This talk will take us through the significance of whaling to the early settlement of Hobart Town, along with diversions into Colin's ever expanding collection of scrimshaw, reputedly the largest such collection in the southern hemisphere and certainly one of the most significant in the world. 

Colin is a self-employed businessman from Hobart and a fiercely parochial Tasmanian. He is a trustee of Narryna, “The Merchants House”, Chair of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG Foundation) and President and Chair of the National Board of The Australiana Society whose charter is “Researching, Collecting & Preserving Australia’s Heritage”.

In May 2017 Colin was invited to attend the World Scrimshaw Conference at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts where he was the keynote speaker.  His presentation being ‘Scrimshaw in Tasmania’.  He is a member of the World Scrimshaw Forensics Group.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO LONGER A NEED TO PRE-BOOK FOR THE LUNCHTIME TALK PROGRAMME.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING ANY OF THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19.