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Branch Library

Our Family History Library is located in the old Police residence at the back of the Post Office Reserve, Gilbert St., Latrobe

This historic building is accessed from Gilbert St by a driveway running between the State Library and the Baptist Church on the right facing the reserve.

Free car parking is available and a picturesque park is situated at the back of our library, an ideal place to relax and enjoy lunch.

Telephone number: 03 6426 2257

Branch Library

Opening Hours

The library is open on Wednesday and Friday from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm.

Latest News from the Library

Online access is available on four computers.

Library assistants are able to give advice on how to search sites easily.

For example,  e.g. Trove - digitised newspapers & Tasmanian Libraries.

Local History Project

A project to provide information on the early pioneers of the area has commenced with the acquiring of "Latrobe Early History - Pioneer Families" and Latrobe Early History - Land Valuations, P.O. Directories and more. The co-ordinator of this interesting project is Rosie Marshall. Rosie would welcome any information members would like to provide to share with others.

The Branch has in its collection, two rolls of microfilm containing baptisms and marriages for Port Sorell/Latrobe and Scottsdale/Ringarooma area. Church of England marriages for Latrobe/Port Sorell cover 1850-1859 and 1876-1895.

These films have been indexed and the library staff are indexing the films,If you would like further information please send an email or phone the library during the opening hours which are listed above. North-West Post rolls of microfilm are now in our Library.

Library Services

Visitors are most welcome for a daily fee of $10.00.

There is a small fee for computer printouts, photocopying and photography.


The library holds an extensive collection of books, cemetery transcriptions, microform and computer based resources covering Tasmania and all Australian states. There are also overseas records on hand.

Index and hard copy of the Advocate Newspaper personal notices from 1980 to 2020 are available, these are also for sale.

Examiner newspaper Index (1900 -1972).
Tasmanian Mail Index (1894 - 1935)
Weekly Courier Index (1914 - 1929)

The library is staffed by willing and friendly volunteers who will be pleased to help visitors and members further their family and local history research.

The Mersey Branch has an ongoing commitment to collecting local material and indexing records in our collection, the most recent ones being local church records from microfilm and ongoing local newspapers. Currently the F.E.Watts Funeral Directors Records and Newspaper photographs of school classes and sporting groups 1900’s to 1960’s.


For easy research the collection of books below listed in branch holdings are all catalogued and individual history books itemised. Parish records have been indexed by religion & area. Many family history books have had their index catalogued by surname.

Mersey branch library holds an extensive collection of books which include cemetery transcriptions; Parish records for all denominations; Convict records and histories; Family histories, local and Tasmanian; Districts and town histories; Local extensive military history includes WW1 soldiers & nurses from Latrobe & District; School histories; Religious and Church histories and many others for the Mersey-Leven region (Devonport, Latrobe & Ulverstone).

Microform and CD-ROM holdings

Microform and CD-ROM holdings are also catalogued.



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