Tasmanian Aboriginal people


There are references to Aboriginal people in many government agency records but only a few series of records specifically about Tasmanian Aboriginal people.

Tracing Aboriginal ancestry is generally the same as for any family in Tasmania. There is guidance on documenting Aboriginal descent, and some specific issues to keep in mind.

What’s available online?

What else is available?

Records of government administration with a focus on Aboriginal matters

Tasmania did not have an agency with specific responsibility for Tasmanian Aboriginal people between 1833 and the 1970s.

Some specific series of records relating to Aboriginal matters

General government administration records

Records from agencies providing a service to the whole Tasmanian community will include some records relating to Aboriginal people. For example:

What other resources might be useful?

Library resources on the history of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Try particularly:

There are very few records from before 1824. For this period, try:

For records post 1824: the Colonial Secretary’s Office later Chief Secretary’s Department. The earlier records of the Premiers Office can be useful.

What can I find from other organisations?

Office of Aboriginal Affairs within the Department of Premier and Cabinet