Tasmania PO Directory 1890-1904, 1917, 1923, 1931, 1936, 1947 (Wise)


In these directories you can expect to find people named with their addresses under:

  • Alphabetical directory (colony-wide)

  • Towns directory

  • Street directory (Hobart and Launceston only)

  • Trades directory

Other sections including names but usually not addresses:

  • Government and official directory

  • The Courts, barristers, solicitors, public notaries and Justices of the Peace

  • Medical practitioners, dentists and chemists

  • University of Tasmania staff

  • Non-government school managers and music teachers

  • Clergy

  • Societies, dairy producers, fruit growers, hop growers, pastoral station owners and managers

  • Municipal officers, Road Trusts secretaries, Fruit Board inspectors, Marine Boards members

  • Bankers, building societies, insurance officers and company managers

  • Manufacturers of English goods for export to Tasmania

Users should always refer to the display advertisements as they often provide names and addresses.
Directories are one of the most effective ways of tracing members of a family, especially tradesmen, is through searching directories. Many small businesses needed to ensure the public was aware of their activity and one of the better ways to do this in an age before media dominated was via a directory. The value of directories as a research tool is enhanced when no census material is available.


These directories are divided into three main sections: Towns, Alphabetical and Trades and Professions. These three classifications enable the enquirer to see at a glance, first, the names of Householders or Traders in any one Town; secondly, the address and occupation of any resident in the State; and, thirdly, the number of persons throughout Tasmania, engaged in any one trade or calling.

The towns section contains separate Street Directories of Hobart and Launceston and Alphabetical Directories for every other Town, Township and Postal District in Tasmania.

The alphabetical section contains the names for the entire State, arranged under ONE Alphabet.

The trades section shows the Business Firms of the State, arranged under their individual trade or profession.

The directory includes many pages of advertisements, all of which provide useful information, often including names of people and places.

Separate directories are given in the following areas, making the work comprehensive and complete:

  • Medical 

  • Ecclesiastical 

  • Legal 

  • Educational 

  • Banking and Finance 

  • Insurance 

  • Fruit Growing

  • Pastoral and Agricultural 

  • Local and General Government 

  • Municipal