Cyclopedia of Tasmania 1900


Cat No.:   AU6003:

The Cyclopedias that were published for most states of Australia around the beginning of the 20th Century are a vast resource of historical and biographical information. They cover the people, towns, industries, professional, commercial and social institutions and much more.

The Cyclopedias include thousands of illustrations, the larger number of these being portraits of those whose biographies are included. These are not just the rich and famous, but include a high percentage of the ordinary citizens in each community.

This 2 CD set includes facsimile images of the entire two volumes of the original 1900 edition.

VOLUME 1 - Government, Hobart and southern and Western towns

over 620 pages, 1000 photographs and 800 biographies

Introduction and historical sketch of Tasmania in 1900

Former and present governors

Government, parliament and the legislature

Government departments

Hobart, Old Hobart and the Port of Hobart


Government Institutions


Ecclesiastical (various denominations)

Social and sporting Institutions

Professional, commercial, Industrial, trades

Old Colonists

Rural Industries

Timber Industries


Towns in the South of the Island

West Coast Towns

Index to vol 1

VOLUME 2 - Launceston and the Northern towns

over 420 pages, 750 photographs and 700 biographies


Towns in the North of the Island

Miscellaneous Biographies

Curious Facts of Old Colonial Days

Aborigines of Tasmania

Index to vol 2

Greatly enhanced access to Cyclopedia content

As with many other products being published under the Archive CD Books project access to the vast amount of information is now greatly enhanced The indexing of the original volumes and their general arrangement still give only limited references to the many people, places and subjects that are largely hidden in the extensive text.

NOW that is all changing. The entire text is now easily searched. And the machine read OCR text has been corrected to ensure 100% of the text can now be searched. To illustrate the value of this, the following number of returns were obtained from searching the two volumes - using the Adobe Reader 6 Search.

Sample Search Results

Names (often none or only 1 or 2 in the indexes)

- Gibson - 101

- Meredith - 63

- Williams - 140

Places (usually 1 at the most in the indexes)

- Devonport - 265

- Hagley - 46

- Longford - 321

- London - 500

- Ireland - 113

- Scotland - 160

- Yorkshire - 40

Other (usually only 1 at the most in the indexes)

- butcher - 105

- cricket - 170

- dentist - 16

- hotel - 461

- Presbyterian - 111

The entire text from the two volumes is searchable - names, places and any other words in the text or advertisements

High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book.

No. of CDs is:  2 ;   Format is:  PDF ;   Searchable?:  YES;

FastFind:  Yes;  ISBN No.:   9781920978464;