History Groups

Clarence Plains Historical Society

Following the launch of Old Rokeby Historic Trail, and a renewed interest in the history of the area, the formation of the Clarence Plains Historical Society was established in 2001.

The basic objectives of the society are to discover, preserve and promote the historical heritage of the old Clarence Plains area, one of the earliest settlements in southern Tasmania, for, and with, the local community.

Today the main region of historical interest includes parts of Howrah and Tranmere, and the Clarence Plains suburbs of Rokeby, Clarendon Vale and Oakdowns. The society shares a common interest in some areas with neighbouring historical societies.

Regular meetings are held in St. Matthew’s Parish Hall, Rokeby. This gives members and friends an opportunity to meet, exchange views and memories, and provide historical information.

Guest speakers have ranged over a multitude of topics – from whaling to windmills, early settlers, defences, ports, ferries, cricket, early gardens, schools and buildings.

The society has carried out conservation works on the Knopwood Tomb (download a brochure: www.tacplaci.org.au), Rumney Vault and the ‘Betsy Mack’ grave in St. Matthew’s Church Yard. The society also recorded the historic John Gray Organ in St. Matthew’s Church.

The society regularly participates in the annual Clarence Plains Festival and The Seafarers Festival.

Our annual fees are $10 per family and our Chronicle Newsletter keeps members up to date with meetings and activities. New members and visitors are most welcome.

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Coal River Valley Historical Society Inc

The Coal River Valley Historical Society Inc. is an enthusiastic group of volunteers active in researching and preserving the history and heritage of Richmond and the Coal River Valley.  The Society has developed a collection of photographs and information.  The Society holds regular meetings with guest speakers and organises visits to historic sites.  More formal historical research is published in the Society's Journal to which contributions are invited.  The Society was founded in May 1998 by Peter MacFie and Dr. Dianne Snowden.  New members are most welcome. 

Originally housed in the Richmond Court House, the Society moved to 1830's house: Oak Lodge, 18 Bridge Street, Richmond in 2001.  The  Coal River Valley Historical Society Inc. now manages Oak Lodge on behalf of the National Trust Tasmania.  Oak Lodge is open daily between 11:30am and 3:30pm and at other times on request.  If you or your interest group or school group who like to know more about Oak Lodge, Richmond and/or the Coal River Valley from a historical perspective please do not hesitate to make contact. 

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Lindisfarne Historical Society

The Lindisfarne Historical Society was formed in 1992 and over the last two decades has worked to foster interest in local history. The Society has developed a collection of historic photographs and information, and is always keen to expand knowledge of local history.

The Society is open to new members at a cost of $12.50 per annum. Meetings are held at the end of each month, at the Lindisfarne Citizens Activities Centre, and usually include a guest speaker.


  • Ann Curran    (03)  6247 7122
  • Penny O'Brien 0439 379 640  Email:   pennyob44@gmail.com

South Arm Peninsula Residents’ Association History Committee

The South Arm Peninsula Residents’ Association History Committee was formed in 2011 with the aim of collecting historical images, documents and oral history about the people and history of the South Arm peninsula. This group is also committed to pursuing projects which highlight the rich and diverse history of the South Arm area. The committee achieved funding in 2012 for the creation and installation of interpretive signage celebrating South Arm’s convict past.

The South Arm Convict trail follows the bike path from South Arm to Opossum Bay. Starting at the South Arm Community Centre, the trail tells the long forgotten stories of the convicts who worked and lived on the South Arm peninsula from the earliest days of European settlement. Some of these convicts were assigned to South Arm’s original grantee, William Gellibrand; some were paid labourers for his grandson George Gellibrand, and still more chose to make their home at South Arm once they had served their sentences.


  • Pene Marshall (03) 6239 9809