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 midday until 1.00pm in the Royal Society Rooms at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Join us for our first talk of 2020 on Tuesday 4 February. With Brexit 'done' we can turn our attention to our own parliamentary history. Join us as Warwick Lee tells us about an exciting project discovering the treasures of our own Parliamentary Library.

Have you ever wondered what wonderous things are kept in Tasmania’s Parliament (apart from the detritus of our exciting political process and the remains of long dead policies)? Well, actually there is a Museum and the Parliamentary Library, which hold the Parliament’s extensive heritage collections.  And there is much to whet the appetite of maritime historians!

Parliament House

As a result of a joint project between the Parliament of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Family History Society (TFHS), searchable full-text digitised copies of the historic Tasmanian Parliamentary Papers (1856 – 1901) will be made available in 2020 to the general community, academics, researchers, schools, and family historians. These papers contain many important connections to Tasmania’s maritime heritage.  There are reports to the Parliament from marine boards and shipping authorities, reports on shipwrecks and salvage efforts, details on shipping trade between the Australian colonies and England, as well as papers on the construction of lighthouses and the Tasmanian Defence Force torpedo boat ( yes, we did have a navy then,  and you can see a model of our navy at the MMT!!), just to name some of the significant nautical matters covered.

The TFHS initiated the project to make Tasmanian Parliamentary journals and papers that are of considerable historic significance more widely available. This project will also ensure the preservation of nationally significant original documents. The digitisation of the original bound volumes (1856 – 1901) was achieved using the professional services of Acrodata Pty. Ltd., a Tasmanian digital archiving firm. This was only possible as a result of a grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund. Other members of the Project Team are Jim Wilkinson (former President of the Legislative Council), Marijana Bajic (Parliamentary Librarian) and Robert Tanner (former President and Secretary, TFHS).

Warwick Lee is a retired Librarian, who was previously employed with the Education Department (9 years) and the State Library of Tasmania (23 years) and more recently has been working as a volunteer with the Parliamentary Library,  Mawson's  Huts Foundation and as a relief school bus driver.  And as a grandfather, he has been a frequent participant in the MMT school holiday program. 

Time: 12.00 midday Tuesday 4 February 2020

Place: ROYAL SOCIETY ROOMS, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, (19 Davey Street entrance).

Phone the Maritime Museum on 6234 1427 or email

Future Scheduled talks (subject to change):

3 March 2020 TBA