Tasmanian Government publications

A guide to accessing Tasmanian Government publications at our library and online.

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This guide assists with locating Tasmanian Government publications online and in the State Library of Victoria's catalogue.

State Library Victoria has separate research guides on using Commonwealth Government publicationsVictorian Government publicationsFinding Australian legislationSouth Australian Government publications and New South Wales Government publications.

History of the Tasmanian Parliament

Tasmania is the second oldest Australian settlement, having been established at Risdon Cove on the River Derwent by Lieutenant John Bowen in September 1803. Shortly after Hobart's settlement, Colonel William Paterson established a settlement on the Tamar River in the north of the island.

Until 1812 the colony was divided into two counties and administered separately from Sydney. In that year Colonel Thomas Davey was appointed the first Lieutenant-Governor of the whole colony. Van Diemen's Land, as it was then known, became a colony under its own administration on 3 December 1825. The colony was administered by the Lieutenant-Governor and a Legislative Council of six members.

In 1856 the name of the colony was changed to Tasmania. In the same year responsible government was established and the present bicameral Parliament met for the first time. Since then, the Tasmanian Parliament has consisted of two Chambers – the Legislative Council (upper House) and the House of Assembly (lower House).

Would you like to know who the first Tasmanian Premier was? This and other facts about Tasmania's parliamentary history are available on the Parliamentary Library website

Two storey sandstone Parliament House building in Hobart, with unsealed road in foreground. Location hand inscribed beneath.

Houses of Parliament Hobart Town ca. 1873, State Library of Tasmania

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Government Directory Service Directory for the Tasmanian Government, its Agencies, services and functions.
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