One of the exclusive benefits of membership of THRA is to join in our excursions.

The Association conducts about three excursions a year to places of historical interest. As well as several day or part-day trips, there is sometimes a weekend excursion.

The excursions frequently visit places not open to the public. Expert guides provide information, and excursionists can enrich their journey by sharing their combined knowledge.


September 2019 Excursion


THRA members have a unique opportunity to join Tasmanian Aboriginal artist, Julie Gough, on a tour of her superb yet confronting exhibition, Tense Past, currently on show at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

Julie will be speaking to THRA members in the gallery on Saturday, 7 September at 1pm.

While numbers for this excursion are limited there are a few spaces left - contact Ian Terry at to book your place.

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November 2019 Excursion

East Coast Excursion

East Coast Heritage Museum - Swansea

East Coast Heritage Museum - Swansea

Excursion to the east coast of Tasmania, weekend 16–17 November


The Glamorgan Spring Bay Historical Society and the East Coast Heritage Museum will be hosting THRA on a two-day excursion up the east coast on 16-17 November. 


Maximum number: 40.

Cost: $70, covers bus travel and morning and afternoon tea.


Accommodation should be booked AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. We encourage people to book doubles.  Book at the Swansea Visitor Information Centre 03 62565072 and let them know you are on the THRA Excursion:

All accommodation is within walking distance of Swansea activities.


Tentative schedule


Saturday 16 November

Leave Hobart approx 9 am in the bus and travel to Swansea with one or two stops along the way (first one at Buckland)

Lunch at Swansea (participants’ expense)

Continue in the bus beyond Swansea to Apsley/Apslawn with another stop at Devils Corner.  Afternoon tea will be provided and we will visit the Cranbrook area.

A group dinner may be arranged (participants’ expense) 


Sunday 17 November

Walking +/- bus tour of some of Swansea’s historic buildings, inspect East Coast Heritage Museum, the War Memorial room and the Glamorgan Spring Bay Historical Society rooms. Morning tea will be provided.

Lunch at the Bark Mill (participants’ expense) and visit the Bark Mill Museum. Afternoon: return to Hobart with a couple of stops along the way.  Arrive in Hobart about 5pm.


If you are interested please contact Alison Alexander on

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Our Previous Excursions

August 2019 Excursion

Hobart Synagogue - Argyle Street

A tour of the Hobart Synagogue was conducted on Sunday, 18 August at 2.00 pm. The tour lasted about one hour and the cost was $10 per person. As this building is not large, we could only have a maximum of 25 people on the tour, which was followed by afternoon tea.

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May 2019 Excursion

Woodsdale Museum

Woodsdale Museum

May Excursion to Oatlands and Woodsdale


On Saturday 25 May 2019 we had a brilliant excursion as below.


The Excursion was fully booked !


We left Cornelian Bay at 9.30 by coach.

The bus drove us to Oatlands where Peter Fielding of the Oatlands District Historical Society gave us a fascinating walking tour of the historic town following a delicious home-made morning tea. We inspected their excellent museum, which has been developed since our last visit.

We then drive to Woodsdale, with a brilliant stopover at Parattah where we were given a surprise entry visit into the Railway Hotel. We then went on to inspect the Levendale and Woodsdale historical society’s excellent museum, which had also been developed since our last visit. We certainly enjoyed their delicious home-made afternoon tea.

We finally returned to Cornelian Bay soon after 5 pm.

Cost: $50 per head included the coach fare, historical tour and the two meals.

Note: this excursion was for THRA members only.

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Previous Excursions


2018 Excursions

Excursion to Connorville, Sunday 29 April


Roderic O'Connor was in charge of building roads and bridges under Governor Arthur in the 1820s, and established a large property at Connorville, near Cressy. This excursion looks at some of his achievements (and otherwise) along the Midlands Highway, then travels to Connorville via O'Connor's proposed main road. O'Connor's descendant, also Roderic O'Connor, will show us over Connorville, which has beautiful gardens and  many historic buildings including a historic water-driven flour mill.


Cost $50  per person, includes bus travel, lunch and afternoon tea


Please contact Alison Alexander,


Payment by Direct Deposit

Account Name: Tasmanian Historical Research

Account: 197838

BSB: 037010

Description: Your Surname – Excursion


or pay by cash at the April THRA meeting, Tuesday 10 April.



High Tea at Runnymede

High Tea at Runnymede


Heading photograph Grubb's tramway (NS1013-1-875), courtesy Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office