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The Museum

Behind the big iron gates

Step back in time to meet the early settlers and convicts of the Tasman Peninsula and the original custodians of our land, the Parrdarrama Pungenna people.

Through the windows of the settler’s houses and workplaces – from the laundry to the blacksmith’s forge to the dairy and local school – you’ll discover how hard they lived and worked each day.

Displays of early industrial machinery and tools of the trade show just how particularly resourceful and innovative these people were.

Gain an insight into the Parrdarrama Pungenna people who lived and survived on the Peninsula through a display created by the local aboriginal community.

How the Museum started

For Colin Lowe and Marje Turner, it all started with an interest in collecting Tasmanian memorabilia and a fascination for the local history.

Local Tasman Peninsula people have generously loaned some items to share with you in the aboriginal and early pioneer displays, keeping alive the stories of their ancestors.

The Tasman Peninsula’s convict history is particularly well covered by the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site and the Saltwater River Coal Mines but Colin and Marje felt there were plenty more tales to be told from the settler families of the area. And so they set to work building a fitting home for their growing number of historical treasures.

The Tasman Historical Museum was opened in early 2015 and along with an exhibition of early settlement is a display about the life of original custodians of the land, the Parrdarrama Pungenna people, put together by the local aboriginal community.

Colin and Marje look forward to welcoming you to the Museum and sharing their love of history with you.

Check out some of the interesting objects from the Tasman Historical Museum in our "The story behind..." series


Tips on family research

Colin and Marje have been researching family and local histories for years and along the way have picked up many tips on where to find things to help you discover all the different leaves of your family tree.

If you have any queries phone or email and we’ll see if we can help.

You can also find some handy links on our local history page here