Where someone lived in Tasmania


This guide will help you search for where people lived or worked.

For information on the history of the buildings themselves, see our guide to researching a building’s history.

Research tips

Related Family History guides

Researching a building’s history, Land grants, Census, musters & electoral rolls, Maps + plans, Place names, Tasmanian Wills, Directories and almanacs, Church registers.

What is online?

Search and view many records in the Tasmanian Names Index including census records and wills.

Colonial census records – our census records are listed under the householder’s name for most of the years between 1837 and 1857 (not a complete set; most individual returns have not survived). They are more detailed from 1842, indicating address, construction type of a building – stone, brick or wood, and give details on the make-up of the household.

Tasmanian wills – our wills can be used to trace property history. If the will you are looking for is not available, you can contact the Land Data Registration Branch of the Land Titles Office, as they have copies of some wills relating to land transfers.

Tasmania post office directories 1890-1948 (Wise’s)

Tasmania post office directories 1890 – 1948 is a searchable online resource which is usually arranged in three parts: alphabetically by street for Hobart and Launceston and some larger towns such as Burnie; alphabetical lists of residents by town; alphabetical directory of both individuals and business for all of Tasmania; and trade and community directories.

Assessment and valuation rolls

The rolls were published in the Tasmanian Government Gazette up to c.1960, formerly known as Hobart Town Gazette (1825-1880) and Hobart Gazette (1881-1906). A rates assessment of Hobart properties was done in 1847, but rates were not enacted until the establishment of Municipal Councils in 1852. The earliest Hobart and Launceston valuations occurred between 1853-1855, 1858-1860 and 1862-1863. The Rural Municipal Act of 1858 allowed for the collecting of this information in the country areas as well. The rolls show:

Online resources:

Please contact us if you find there any missing items from the online valuation rolls.

We also hold hard copies of indexes and valuation rolls for selected years, microfilm of the Gazettes for all years that rolls were published, and a selection of alphabetical printed assessment and valuation rolls published by the Tasmanian Family History Society Inc. in the Hobart Reading Room.

Useful indexes

Tasmanian newspapers

Trove – digitised Tasmanian newspapers from 1810 to 1954 on Trove may provide details such as sales, lettings and business information via public notices, advertisements and articles. Once you have found a location for your person, try keywords that combine owner/occupant’s names and property details, and see Trove’s Help page and property search tips on page 14 here. You may find that the house number, name of the street and even the areas changes over time, so be flexible with your search terms.

Tasmanian newspapers not on Trove, including digitised Tasmanian Mail from 1877 – 1920 and Weekly Courier from 1901 – 1935.

The List (Land Titles Office)

The LIST (Land Information System Tasmania) is an online government resource that helps you trace the history of Tasmanian land and property through the use of historic maps, plans, deeds and titles. For example:

What else is there?