The Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies (CTHS) received formal recognition within the University of Tasmania in 1984, as an adjunct of the History and Classics Program within the School of Humanities.
The CTHS has a range of publications to browse that are available to purchase, including issues of the Tasmanian Historical Studies journal.
The online Companion to Tasmanian History is a comprehensive volume providing information about every important aspect of Tasmania’s history, covering all periods and all places : First Edition.
Tasmanian Historical Studies is the journal of the Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies and publishes research on all aspects of Tasmanian history.
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The CTHS established a support group named Friends of the Centre for Tasmanian Historical Studies.
For the annual subscription of $50, Friends receive a copy of the Tasmanian Historical Studies and are kept informed of the Centre's activities, such as conferences and seminars.
Friends are also eligible for a reduction in the registration fee for the annual conference.
Nigel Hargraves - Honorary Research Associate
PO Box 116, Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia 7006
Point Puer operated from 1834 to 1848 and was a purpose-built British institution for convicted male juveniles. It predated the opening of Parkhurst Prison on the Isle of Wight by four years.
The first of a two-part study of the Point Puer Boys' Establishment is currently underway and a publication is anticipated in the near future. In particular, this work focuses on the penal system as it affected the juvenile convicts who arrived in Van Diemen's Land from the British Isles before the end of 1834. The last of these boys left Point Puer in 1840 and the impact of education, trade training and religious instruction is considered in conjunction with the boys' interaction with the prison and its subculture. A longitudinal study of the lives of boys has been made to assess the outcomes of the reforming objectives of Point Puer and includes the time they spent assigned to masters in Van Diemen's Land as well as what happened to them after being freed.
Following the release of this initial work a further publication on the second phase of Point Puer will be undertaken based on research already underway.
Dr Tom Dunning
Current projects include the Social and Cultural Life of the Plebeian Peoples of Scotland and the American Civil War and Cultural Memory.
Dr Richard Ely
Biography of Frank Bond; editing reminiscences of Sarah Hood; an ethnographic study of a heritage precinct in Plenty Valley, Victoria; educational and religious history.
Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart
Convict history, history and heritage site interpretation.
Associate Professor Stefan Petrow
William Denison; Policing in Tasmania 1899-1999.
Professor Michael Bennett
Politics, religion, society and culture in late medieval and early modern Britain; the royal succession in Britain; the global diffusion of vaccination in the early nineteenth century.
Professor Pam Sharpe
Pam Sharpe's research interests span the history of women, demography, poverty and textiles from seventeenth to nineteenth century England. She is also working on the history of a mining community in Western Australia.
Associate Professor Peter Chapman
Peter is currently editing and researching the Historical Records of Australia.
Friend of CTHS
Captain Samuel Wright, second commandant of Sarah Island penal station.
Dr Bruce Rosen
British Victorian Social History and Australian History.
Dr Caroline Evans
History of children, welfare, and institutions, cultural heritage.
Dr Alison Alexander
Women's history; convict history.