Hobart Marine Board collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of records created by the Hobart Marine Board regarding ships entering and leaving the port.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Marine Board of Hobart was formed in 1858 to manage the busy port, which had become an important base for the whaling and sealing industry in the Southern Ocean. The Hobart Ports Corporation replaced the Marine Board in 1997.


The collection is split into two sub-fonds, relating to the arrival and departure records.

Conditions Governing Access

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Hobart Ports Corporation and Capital port, a history of the Marine Board of Hobart 1858-1997 by Audrey Hudspeth and Lindy Scripps, Hobart Ports Corporation (2000) and Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events ,(1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue. Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

Conditions Governing Use

Copying material by photography, electrostat, or scanning device by readers is prohibited. The Institute may be able to provide copies of some documents on request for lodgement in publicly available repositories. This is subject to conservation requirements, copyright law, and payment of fees.

Copyright restrictions apply to most material. The copyright may lie outside the Institute and, if so, it is necessary for the reader to seek appropriate permission to consult, copy, or publish any such material. (The Institute does not seek this permission on behalf of readers). Written permission to publish material subject to the Institute's copyright must be obtained from the Director. Details of conditions and fees may be had from the Archivist.


Further accessions possible.

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