Read THRA's history

Read THRA's history

Seek, show, celebrate

The Tasmanian Historical Research Association Inc. (THRA) was founded in 1951 to promote research into and publication of Tasmanian history, and to assist people working in this field. It is a non-profit incorporated Association managed by a committee of volunteers with Rules of the Association.

THRA's three purposes are

To Enlighten

Members can be the first to hear presentations of new historical knowledge. The Association holds eleven talks each year. Most are illustrated. The talks, with the exception of the October Eldershaw Lecture are held on the second Tuesday of each month from February to December in the Hobart Legacy Function Rooms, 159 Macquarie Street, commencing at 8.00 pm. Recordings of the talks are then made available on Soundcloud.

Eldershaw Lecture

Since 1967 the Association has hosted the Eldershaw Memorial Lecture at which a distinguished Australian historian speaks. It is open to the public and, indeed, members are encouraged to invite a guest. Details of the venue will be advertised prior to the event. A supper together with celebratory sparkling wine is provided.

To Discover

The Association conducts excursions for its members to experience, explore and understand places of historical significance. 

& To Publish

The Association publishes the journal Papers and Proceedings, books and, increasingly, digital works such as our newsletter and podcasts.


Heading photograph courtesy Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office